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The new City-wide Zoning By-law 569-2013 was enacted on May 9, 2013. It has been appealed under section 34(19) of the Planning Act. Even though it is under appeal, the City's Chief Building Official and the Committee of Adjustment will apply the new By-law to applications filed after its enactment. Please consult with your advisors to determine whether the new by-law has any impact.
Amendments to By-law 569-2013 have been incorporated into this office consolidation. The original by-law and its amendments are with the City Clerk's office.
Zoning By-law No. 569-2013, as
amended (office consolidation) in pdf:
Chapters 1 - 800 
Chapters 900.1 900.7 
Chapters 900.8 - 995
   
 
City of Toronto Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended (Office Consolidation)
Version Date: July 15, 2019
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Chapter 1Administration
Chapter 2Compliance with this By-law
Chapter 5Regulations Applying to all Zones
Chapter 10Residential
Chapter 15Residential Apartment
Chapter 30Commercial
Chapter 40Commercial Residential
Chapter 50Commercial Residential Employment
Chapter 60Employment Industrial
Chapter 80Institutional
Chapter 90Open Space
Chapter 100Utility and Transportation
Chapter 150Specific Use Regulations
150.5Home Occupation
150.8Laneway Suites
150.8.1General
150.8.20Use Requirements
150.8.20.1General
150.8.30Lot Requirements
150.8.30.20Lot Line
150.8.50Yards
150.8.50.10Landscaping
150.8.60Ancillary Building Requirements When Containing a Laneway Suite
150.8.60.20Setbacks
150.8.60.30Separation and Dimensions
150.8.60.40Height
150.8.60.50Floor Area
150.8.60.60Decks, Platforms and Amenities, and Permitted Encroachments
150.8.60.70Lot Coverage
150.8.80Parking and Bicycle Parking
150.8.80.1General
150.10Secondary Suite
150.13Short-term Rentals
150.15Group Home
150.20Crisis Care Shelter
150.22Municipal Shelter
150.25Rooming House
150.30Senior's Community House
150.45Day Nursery
150.48School
150.50Place of Worship
150.60Marihuana Production Facility
150.80Drive Through Facility
150.90Vehicle Dealership
150.92Vehicle Fuel Station
150.94Vehicle Service Shop
150.96Vehicle Washing Establishment
150.100Eating Establishment
150.110Adult Entertainment Establishment
150.120Funeral Home
150.130Firing Range
Chapter 200Parking Space Regulations
Chapter 220Loading Space Regulations
Chapter 230Bicycle Parking Space Regulations
Chapter 280Special Districts - Downtown
Chapter 300Special Districts - Centres
Chapter 400Special Districts - Avenues
Chapter 500Special Districts - Heritage
Chapter 600Regulations for Overlay Zones
Chapter 800Definitions
Chapter 900Site Specific Exceptions
Chapter 970Appendices
Chapter 990Zoning By-law Map
Chapter 995Overlay Maps

Chapter 150 Specific Use Regulations

150.8 Laneway Suites

150.8.1 General

(1)Application of this Section
The regulations of Section 150.8 apply to laneway suites. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(2)Laneway Suite Permission
A laneway suite permitted in accordance with regulation 10.10.20.20(1) must be located in the R zone within the area identified on the Laneway Suite Overlay District Map in Diagram 1 of By-law 810-2018. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.20 Use Requirements

150.8.20.1 General

(1)Laneway Suite Permitted Uses
(A)Despite regulation 10.5.60.1(2), an ancillary building may be used for living accommodation in one laneway suite.
(B)Despite regulation 10.5.60.1(3), an ancillary building may have both food preparation facilities and sanitary facilities in a laneway suite.
(C)Despite regulation 150.5.60.1(1) a home occupation is permitted in a laneway suite if the laneway suite is exclusively and separately occupied as a principal residence, applying the regulations of Section 150.5 as if it is a dwelling unit; and
(D)Despite regulation 150.13.20.1(1) a short-term rental is permitted in an ancillary building if it is in a laneway suite that is exclusively and separately occupied as a principal residence. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(2)Laneway Suite Use Restriction
A maximum of one ancillary building containing a laneway suite is permitted on a lot. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.30 Lot Requirements

150.8.30.20 Lot Line

(1)Minimum Lot Line on a Lane
A laneway suite must be on a lot with a rear lot line or side lot line abutting a lane for at least 3.5 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.50 Yards

150.8.50.10 Landscaping

(1)Landscaping Requirements for a Laneway Suite
Despite regulation 10.5.50.10 (3), for a lot with a residential building and an ancillary building containing a laneway suite:
(A)with a lot frontage of 6.0 metres or less, a minimum of 60 percent of the area between the rear main wall of the residential building and the front main wall of the ancillary building containing a laneway suite must be for soft landscaping;
(B)with a lot frontage of greater than 6.0 metres, a minimum of 85 percent of the area between the rear main wall of the residential building and the front main wall of the ancillary building containing a laneway suite must be for soft landscaping; and
(C)the area between the ancillary building containing a laneway suite and the lot line abutting a lane, excluding a permitted driveway, must be landscaping, of which a minimum of 75 percent must be soft landscaping. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.60 Ancillary Building Requirements When Containing a Laneway Suite

150.8.60.20 Setbacks

(1)Parts of a Laneway Suite to which a Required Building Setback Applies
The required minimum ancillary building setbacks apply to all parts of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite above-ground and below-ground, excluding footings. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(2)Laneway Suite - Rear Yard Setback
Despite regulations 10.5.60.20(2) and (5) and regulation 10.10.60.20(1), the required minimum rear yard setback for an ancillary building containing a laneway suite is:
(A)if the rear lot line does not abut a street or lane and there are no openings such as vehicle access, doors or windows in the rear main wall of the ancillary building, 0.0 metres; and
(B)in all other cases, 1.5 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(3)Laneway Suite Side Yard Setback
Despite regulations 10.5.60.20(3) and (6) and regulation 10.10.60.20(1), the required minimum side yard setback for an ancillary building containing a laneway suite is:
(A)if the side lot line does not abut a street or lane and there are no openings such as vehicle access, doors or windows in the side main wall of the ancillary building, 0.0 metres;
(B)if the side lot line abuts a street, the required minimum side yard setback for the residential building on the lot; and
(C)in all other cases, 1.5 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.60.30 Separation and Dimensions

(1)Minimum Separation between a Residential Building and the Ancillary Building
Despite regulation 10.5.60.30(1) an ancillary building containing a laneway suite must be:
(A)no less than 5.0 metres from a residential building on the same lot if the height of the ancillary building is no greater than 4.0 metres; and
(B)no less than 7.5 metres from a residential building on the same lot if the height of the ancillary building is greater than 4.0 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(2)Rear Angular Plane
The front main wall of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite may not penetrate a 45 degree angular plane projected towards the rear lot line beginning from a height of 4.0 metres at a distance of 7.5 metres from rear main wall of the residential building. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(3)Width of Dormers in a Roof
For purposes of determining the rear angular plane required in (2) above, in an ancillary building containing a laneway suite, the exterior sides of a dormer are not main walls if the total width of dormers projecting from the surface of a roof does not occupy more than 30 percent of the total width of the ancillary building's front main wall, measured at the level of the uppermost storey below the roof. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(4)Maximum Length of a Laneway Suite
The permitted maximum building length for an ancillary building containing a laneway suite is 10.0 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(5)Maximum Width of a Laneway Suite
The permitted maximum building width of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite is 8.0 metres, measured perpendicular to the lot centreline. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.60.40 Height

(1)Maximum Height of a Laneway Suite
Despite regulation 10.5.60.40(2)(B), the permitted maximum height of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite is:
(A)if the ancillary building containing a laneway suite is located a minimum of 5.0 metres to less than 7.5 metres from the residential building on the lot, 4.0 metres; and
(B)if the ancillary building containing a laneway suite is located 7.5 metres or more from the residential building on the lot, 6.0 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(2)Maximum Storeys for Laneway Suites
Despite regulation 10.5.60.40(3), an ancillary building or structure containing a laneway suite may have a maximum of two storeys, subject to (1) above. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(3)Height of Specific Structures on a Laneway Suite
The following structures on the roof of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite may exceed the permitted maximum height for that building by 1.0 metres:
(A)antennae;
(B)flagpoles;
(C)parapets for a green roof, if they are no closer than 1.0 metres to the main walls of the ancillary building;
(D)satellite dishes; and
(E)weather vanes. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(4)Height of Elements for Functional Operation of a Building
The following equipment and structures on the roof of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite may exceed the permitted maximum height for that building by 1.0 metres, subject to (5) below:
(A)equipment used for the functional operation of the ancillary building containing a laneway suite, such as electrical, utility, mechanical and ventilation equipment;
(B)structures or parts of the ancillary building containing a laneway suite used for the functional operation of the building, such as enclosed stairwells, roof access, maintenance equipment storage, chimneys, vents, and water supply facilities; and
(C) structures that enclose, screen or cover the elements listed in (A) and (B) above. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(5)Height - Horizontal Limits on Elements for Functional Operation of a Building
Equipment, structures or parts of a building permitted in (4) above must not:
(A)cover more than 30 percent of the area of the roof, measured horizontally; and
(B)be located closer than 1.0 metres to the main walls of the ancillary building. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(6)Height of Laneway Suite Entrance
Regulation 10.5.60.40(4) does not apply to an ancillary building containing a laneway suite. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.60.50 Floor Area

(1)Exclusion from Floor Space Index
The gross floor area an ancillary building containing a laneway suite is not included for the purpose of calculating the total gross floor area and floor space index for a lot. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(2)Laneway Suite Interior Floor Area
The interior floor area of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite must be less than the gross floor area of the residential building on a lot. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.60.60 Decks, Platforms and Amenities, and Permitted Encroachments

(1)Interpretation of Platform Walls
The exterior sides of a platform, such as a deck, porch, balcony or similar structure, attached to or within 0.3 metres of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite, are not main walls if at least 50 percent of the exterior sides above the floor are open to the outside. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(2)Platform Restrictions
Despite regulation 10.5.60.20(11) a platform without main walls in accordance with (1) above, is permitted, if:
(A)the area of the platform, other than a green roof, is less than 10 percent of the interior floor area of the laneway suite;
(B)the platform complies with the required minimum building setbacks, separation distances and angular planes for the ancillary building containing a laneway suite; and
(C)the exterior sides of a platform adjacent to a side yard must be visually screened from an abutting lot by an opaque barrier with a vertical dimension of no less than 1.5 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(3)Platform Height
Despite regulation 10.5.60.40(5)(B), the level of the floor of a platform permitted in accordance with (2) above, other than a green roof, must be:
(A)no higher than 0.2 metres above the level of the floor of the storey from which it gains access; and
(B)no higher than 4.0 metres above average grade unless it is attached to or within 0.3 metres of a main wall facing a lane. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(4)Permitted Encroachments for Platforms
Despite (2)(B) above, a platform without main walls in accordance with (1) above, together with stairs or ramps leading to the platform, may encroach into the distance separation required in regulation 150.8.60.30(1) a maximum of 1.5 metres from the front main wall of the ancillary building if the platform is no higher than 0.3 metres above the average elevation of the ground measured along the front main wall of the ancillary building. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(5)Permitted Encroachments for Canopies and Awnings
A canopy, awning or similar structure, with or without structural support, or a roof over a platform which complies with (4) above, may encroach into a required separation distance or building setback, subject to the following:
(A)the maximum height of the roof, canopy, awning or similar structure is 4.0 metres above the average elevation of the ground measured along the abutting main wall of the ancillary building;
(B)a canopy, awning or similar structure may encroach into the distance separation required in regulation 150.8.60.30(1) a maximum of 1.5 metres from the front main wall of the ancillary building; and
(C)between a lane and the ancillary building containing a laneway suite, a canopy, awning or similar structure may encroach into the ancillary building setbacks required in Clause 150.8.60.20 a maximum of 0.75 metres from the ancillary building's main wall facing the lane. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(6)Architectural Features
Architectural features on an ancillary building containing a laneway suite must comply with the following:
(A)a pilaster, decorative column, cornice, sill, belt course or other similar architectural feature may encroach into a building setback required in Clause 150.8.60.20 or into the distance separation required in regulation 150.8.60.30(1) a maximum of 0.6 metres; and
(B)a chimney breast may encroach into a building setback required in Clause 150.8.60.20 or into the distance separation required in regulation 150.8.60.30(1) a maximum of 0.6 metres, if it is no wider than 2.0 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(7)Equipment
Wall mounted equipment on an ancillary building containing a laneway suite, such as vents, pipes, utility equipment, satellite dishes, antennae or air conditioners, may encroach a maximum of 0.6 metres into:
(A)on a main wall of the ancillary building facing a lane, the minimum building setbacks abutting the lane required in Clause 150.8.60.20; and
(B)on the front main wall of the ancillary building, the distance separation required in regulation 150.8.60.30(1). [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.60.70 Lot Coverage

(1)Lot Coverage Requirement for a Lot with a Laneway Suite
Despite regulations 10.5.60.70(1) and 10.10.60.70(1), if a lot has an ancillary building containing a laneway suite, the area of the lot covered by all ancillary buildings combined, including the ancillary building containing a laneway suite, may not exceed 30 percent of the lot area. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.80 Parking and Bicycle Parking

150.8.80.1 General

(1)Parking Space Requirement for a Lot with a Laneway Suite
Despite the parking space requirements in regulation 200.5.10.1(1):
(A)if a lot has an ancillary building containing a laneway suite, no parking spaces are required for any dwelling units and secondary suites in a detached house, semi-detached house, townhouse, duplex, triplex, or fourplex on the same lot; and
(B)no parking space is required for a laneway suite. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
(2)Bicycle Parking Space Requirement for a Laneway Suite
An ancillary building containing a laneway suite must have two bicycle parking spaces within the laneway suite or within any required yard setback. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]
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