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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.
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City of Toronto Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended (Office Consolidation)
Version Date: September 15, 2021
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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
60.5Regulations Applying to the Employment - Industrial Zone Category
60.10Employment Light Industrial Zone (EL)
60.10.1General
60.10.1.10Interpretation
60.10.20Permitted Uses
60.10.20.1General
60.10.20.10Permitted Use
60.10.20.20Permitted Use - with Conditions
60.10.20.100Conditions
60.10.30Lot Requirements
60.10.30.20Lot Frontage
60.10.30.21Lot Frontage Exemptions
60.10.40Principal Building Requirements
60.10.40.10Height
60.10.40.11Height Exemptions
60.10.40.70Setbacks
60.10.40.71Setbacks Exemptions
60.10.50Yards
60.10.50.10Landscaping
60.10.60Ancillary Buildings and Structures
60.10.60.1General
60.10.60.10Location
60.10.80Parking
60.10.80.1General
60.10.80.20Setbacks
60.10.90Loading
60.10.90.10Location
60.10.90.11Location Exemptions
60.10.90.40Access to Loading Space
60.10.90.41Access to Loading Space Exemptions
60.20Employment Industrial Zone (E)
60.30Employment Heavy Industrial Zone (EH)
60.40Employment Industrial Office Zone (EO)
Chapter 80Institutional
Chapter 90Open Space
Chapter 100Utility and Transportation
Chapter 150Specific Use Regulations
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 60 Employment Industrial

60.10 Employment Light Industrial Zone (EL)

60.10.1 General

60.10.1.10 Interpretation

(1)Application of This Section
The regulations in Section 60.10 apply to all lands, uses, buildings and structures in the EL zone.
(2)Interpretation of the Employment Light Industrial Zone Symbol
The zone symbol on the Zoning By-law Map for zones in the Employment Light Industrial Zones consists of the letters EL indicating the primary land use permitted in the respective zone.
(3)Interpretation of the EL Zone Label
In the EL zone, the numerical value following the zone symbol in the zone label indicates the permitted maximum floor space index of all land uses on a lot.

60.10.20 Permitted Uses

60.10.20.1 General

(1)Lawfully Existing Place of Worship
In the EL zone, a lawfully existing place of worship is permitted if it is on a lot with a front lot line or side lot line abutting a major street on the Policy Area Overlay Map; and
(A)any expansion or addition to the place of worship building complies with Section 150.50 and the requirements for the EL zone; and
(B)it may be replaced with a new place of worship building that complies with Section 150.50 and the requirements for the EL zone.
(2)Sorting Activities in an Enclosed Building
In the EL zone, the separating or sorting of recyclable materials must take place within a wholly enclosed building.

60.10.20.10 Permitted Use

(1)Use - EL Zone
In the EL zone, the following uses are permitted:

Ambulance Depot
Artist Studio
Automated Banking Machine
Bindery
Carpenter's Shop
Cold Storage
Custom Workshop
Dry Cleaning or Laundry Plant
Financial Institution
Fire Hall
Industrial Sales and Service Use
Laboratory
Office
Park
Performing Arts Studio
Police Station
Production Studio
Self-storage Warehouse
Service Shop
Warehouse
Wholesaling Use

60.10.20.20 Permitted Use - with Conditions

(1)Use with Conditions - EL Zone
In the EL zone, the following uses are permitted if they comply with the specific conditions associated with the reference number(s) for each use in Clause 60.10.20.100:

Apparel and Textile Manufacturing Use (9)
Beverage Manufacturing Use (9)
Cogeneration Energy (17)
Contractor's Establishment (7)
Crematorium (21)
Eating Establishment (6,14)
Education Use (4)
Food Manufacturing Use (9, 10)
Furniture Manufacturing Use (9)
Metal Products Manufacturing Use (9)
Open Storage (12)
Outdoor Patio (11)
Plastic Product Manufacturing Use (9)
Printing Establishment (8)
Public Utility (16,18)
Recreation Use (1,3)
Renewable Energy (17)
Retail Store (5)
Software Development and Processing (2)
Take-out Eating Establishment (6)
Transportation Use (19) [ By-law: 1198-2019 ]

60.10.20.100 Conditions

(1)Recreation Use
In the EL zone, a golf driving range is a permitted recreation use if:
(A)the lot is at least 70.0 metres from a lot in the Residential Zone category or Residential Apartment Zone category; and
(B)there is a fence between the golf driving range and all lot lines.
(2)Software Development and Processing
In the EL zone, the interior floor area of a software development and processing use may not exceed 5,000 square metres.
(3)Recreation Use
In the EL zone, a recreation use must be on a lot that fronts a major street on the Policy Areas Overlay Map.
(4)Education Use
In the EL zone, education use is subject to the following:
(A)the use may only be for:
(i)technical and trade skills development for the operation and use of manufacturing equipment and machinery; or
(ii)driver education for commercial or construction vehicles such as trucks, tractor trailers and fork lifts; and
(B)the total interior floor space used for an education use may not exceed the lesser of:
(i)a floor space index of 0.5; or
(ii)the permitted maximum floor space index in the zone label on the Zoning By-law Map.
(5)Retail Store together with Manufacturing Use
In the EL zone, a retail store:
(A)must be associated with a permitted manufacturing use on the same lot; and
(B)the total interior floor area of all retail stores on a lot may not exceed 20 percent of the gross floor area of the permitted manufacturing use. [ By-law: 1198-2019 ]
(6)Eating Establishment and Take-out Eating Establishment
In the EL zone, the total interior floor area of all eating establishments and take-out eating establishments on a lot may not exceed 500.0 square metres. [ By-law: 1198-2019 ]
(7)Contractor's Establishment
In the EL zone, a contractor's establishment may not store heavy equipment such as cranes, ploughs, tractors, pile drivers, road making, wrecker's or steel erector's equipment on the lot.
(8)Printing Establishment - Interior Floor Area
In the EL zone, the interior floor area of a printing establishment use may not exceed 5,000 square metres.
(9)Manufacturing Use - Interior Floor Area
In the EL zone, the interior floor area of a manufacturing use listed in Clause 60.10.20.20 may not exceed 5,000 square metres.
(10)Food Manufacturing Use
In the EL zone, food manufacturing use must be the processing, packaging or baking of foods that are not meats, fish, dairy products, or brewing or pickling of foods.
(11)Outdoor Patio
In the EL zone, an outdoor patio:
(A)is permitted in association with an eating establishment or take-out eating establishment on the same lot;
(B)must be no closer to a lot line than the required minimum building setback for a building;
(C)may not occupy more than 20 percent of the front yard;
(D)may not be located on land required for parking spaces, loading spaces, driveways or landscaping;
(E)may have a maximum area that is the greater of:
(i)30.0 square metres; or
(ii)30 percent of the interior floor area of the premises it is associated with;
(F)may not be used to provide entertainment such as performances, music and dancing;
(G)must be set back at least 30.0 metres from a lot in the Residential Zone category or Residential Apartment Zone category;
(H)despite regulation (G) above, an outdoor patio located above the first storey of the building, must be at least 40.0 metres, measured horizontally, from a lot in the Residential Zone category or Residential Apartment Zone category;
(I)in the rear yard of a l ot that abuts a lot in the Residential Zone category or Residential Apartment Zone category must have a fence installed along the portion of the outdoor patio parallel to the rear lot line;
(J)if a lawfully existing outdoor patio is closer to a lot than required in (G) or (H) above, that lawful distance from a lot in the Residential Zone category or Residential Apartment Zone category is the minimum distance for that lawfully existing outdoor patio from that lot; and
(K)is not permitted on a lot located in the area bounded by Laird Avenue on the west, Vanderhoof Avenue and the Don River to the north, Don Mills Road to the east and Overlea Boulevard to the south. [ By-law: 1198-2019 ]
(12)Open Storage
In the EL zone:
(A)open storage:
(i)must be associated with a permitted use;
(ii)may not be in a yard that abuts a lot in the Residential Zone category or the Residential Apartment Zone category; [ By-law: 1774-2019 ]
(iii)may not be in the front yard; [ By-law: 1774-2019 ]
(iv)may be no closer than 7.5 metres to any lot line;
(v)may be no more than 10% of the lot area;
(vi)may be no higher than the permitted maximum height of a building on the lot; and
(vii)must be enclosed by a fence; and
(B) open storage may be for recyclable material and waste.
(13)(THIS DOES NOT CURRENTLY CONTAIN A REGULATION)
(14)Eating Establishment
In the EL zone, an eating establishment must comply with the specific use regulations in Section 150.100.
(15)(THIS DOES NOT CURRENTLY CONTAIN A REGULATION)
(16)Public Utility
In the EL zone, a public utility, must be enclosed by walls and comply with the permitted maximum lot coverage, required minimum building setbacks and permitted maximum height for a building, if it is:
(A)a hydro electrical transformer station; or [ By-law: OMB PL130592 February 7, 2017 ]
(B)a natural gas regulator station.
(17)Renewable Energy Production or Cogeneration Energy Production
In the EL zone, renewable energy production or cogeneration energy production must be in combination with another permitted use on the lot, and comply with all Municipal, Provincial and Federal by-laws, statutes and regulations.
(18)Public Utility
In the EL zone, a public utility may not be a sewage treatment plant.
(19)Transportation Use
A building or structure on a lot in the EL zone and used as a transportation use must comply with all requirements for a building on that lot.
(20)(THIS DOES NOT CURRENTLY CONTAIN A REGULATION)
(21)Crematorium
In the EL zone, a crematorium must be a minimum of 300 metres from a lot that is not in an EL, E, EH or UT zone.

60.10.30 Lot Requirements

60.10.30.20 Lot Frontage

(1)Minimum Lot Frontage for Lots in a EL zone
In the EL zone, the required minimum lot frontage is 15.0 metres.

60.10.30.21 Lot Frontage Exemptions

(1)Permitted Lot Frontage for Lawfully Existing Lots
In the EL zone, if the lawful lot frontage of a lawfully existing lot is less than the required minimum lot frontage, that lawful lot frontage is the minimum lot frontage for that lawfully existing lot.
(2)Additions to Lawfully Existing Buildings
Any addition or extension to a lawfully existing building or structure on a lot referred to in regulation 60.10.30.21(1) must comply with all other regulations in this By-law or be authorized by a Section 45 Planning Act minor variance.

60.10.40 Principal Building Requirements

60.10.40.10 Height

(1)Maximum Height - EL Zone
In the EL zone, if a lot is in an area that:
(A)has a numerical value following the letters "HT" on the Height Overlay Map, the permitted maximum height of a building or structure on the lot is the numerical value following the letters "HT", in metres; or
(B)has no numerical value following the letters "HT" on the Height Overlay Map, the permitted maximum height of a building or structure on the lot is 18.5 metres.
(2)Height of Buildings and Structures - Green Roof
In the EL zone, a parapet wall for a green roof may exceed the permitted maximum height for a building by 2.0 metres.

60.10.40.11 Height Exemptions

(1)Permitted Height for Lawfully Existing Buildings
In the EL zone, if the lawful height of a lawfully existing building or structure is greater than the permitted maximum height for a building or structure, that lawful height of the lawfully existing building or structure is the maximum height for that lawfully existing building or structure.
(2)Additions to Lawfully Existing Buildings -- Height
Any addition or extension to a lawfully existing building or structure referred to in regulation 60.10.40.11(1) must comply with the permitted maximum height or be authorized by a Section 45 Planning Act minor variance.

60.10.40.70 Setbacks

(1)Minimum Front Yard Setback for Lots in the EL Zone
In the EL zone, the required minimum front yard setback is 6.0 metres.
(2)Minimum Side Yard Setback for Lots in the EL Zone
In the EL zone, the required minimum building setback from a side lot line:
(A)that does not abut a street, is:
(i)3.0 metres if the lot frontage is less than 30.0 metres;
(ii)4.5 metres if the lot frontage is from 30.0 metres to less than 60.0 metres; and
(iii)6.0 metres in all other cases; and
(B)that abuts a street, is 6.0 metres.
(3)Minimum Rear Yard Setback for Lots in the EL Zone
In the EL zone, the required minimum rear yard setback is 7.5 metres.
(4)Minimum Setback for Lots in the EL Zone if abutting the Residential Zone Category or Residential Apartment Zone Category
In the EL zone:
(A)the required minimum building setback from a lot line that abuts a lot in the Residential Zone category or Residential Apartment Zone category is 15.0 metres; and
(B)a structure that is not a building may be no closer than 15.0 metres from a lot line that abuts a lot in the Residential Zone category or Residential Apartment Zone category.

60.10.40.71 Setbacks Exemptions

(1)Permitted Setbacks for Lawfully Existing Buildings
In the EL zone, if the lawful building setback of a lawfully existing building or structure is less than the required minimum building setback from:
(A)a front lot line, that lawful front yard setback is the minimum front yard setback permitted for that lawfully existing building or structure;
(B)a rear lot line, that lawful rear yard setback is the minimum rear yard setback permitted for that lawfully existing building or structure; or
(C)a side lot line, that lawful side yard setback is the
minimum side yard setback permitted for that lawfully existing building or structure.
(2)Required Setbacks for Additions to Lawfully Existing Buildings
Any addition or extension to a lawfully existing building or structure referred to in regulation 60.10.40.71(1) may be set back from the front lot line, rear lot line or side lot lines to the same extent as the main walls of the lawfully existing building structure or be authorized by a Section 45 Planning Act minor variance.

60.10.50 Yards

60.10.50.10 Landscaping

(1)Soft Landscaping - Street Lot Line Requirement
In the EL zone, any lot line abutting a street must have a minimum 3.0 metre wide strip of soft landscaping along the entire length of the lot line, excluding lands used for driveways and walkways.

60.10.60 Ancillary Buildings and Structures

60.10.60.1 General

(1)Ancillary Building and Structure - Compliance
In the EL zone, ancillary buildings and structures must comply with the requirements for a building or structure.

60.10.60.10 Location

(1)Location of Buildings or Structures Used for the Purpose of a Gatehouse, Scale, Weigh-house, Fire Pump House or Other Security Purpose in the EL Zone
In the EL zone, a building or structure used as a gatehouse, scale, weigh-house, fire pump house or other security purpose is:
(A)permitted in the front yard; and
(B)not subject to required minimum front yard, side yard and rear yard building setbacks.

60.10.80 Parking

60.10.80.1 General

(1)Applicable Parking Rate - Retail Store, Eating Establishment, and Take-out Eating Establishment
In the EL zone, the parking space requirement for a retail store, eating establishment, and take-out eating establishment, that is combined with a manufacturing use, is calculated at the same rate as the permitted manufacturing use located on the lot.

60.10.80.20 Setbacks

(1)Parking Space to be Set Back from a Lot Line
A parking space not located in a building must be at least 0.5 metres from a lot line.

60.10.90 Loading

60.10.90.10 Location

(1)Loading Space Location
A loading space may not be in:
(A)a front yard;
(B)a side yard abutting a street; or
(C)a side yard or rear yard that abuts a lot in the Residential Zone category or Residential Apartment Zone category.

60.10.90.11 Location Exemptions

(1)Loading Space Location Exemption
If a lawfully existing building has a lawful loading space that does not comply with the loading space location requirements in regulation 60.10.90.10(1), that lawful loading space is exempt from the requirements in regulation 60.10.90.10(1).

60.10.90.40 Access to Loading Space

(1)Access to Loading Space on a Lot in the EL Zone
In the EL zone:
(A)if a lot abuts a lane, vehicle access to a loading space must be from the lane;
(B)if a corner lot does not abut a lane and it has at least one lot line abutting a street which is not a major street on the Policy Areas Overlay Map, vehicle access to a loading space must be from the street which is not a major street; and
(C)if a lot is not a lot described in (A) or (B), vehicle access to a loading space may be from the street on which the lot fronts.
(2)Access Through a Main Wall to a Loading Space
A loading space located in a building may not have its vehicle access through a main wall that faces a street.

60.10.90.41 Access to Loading Space Exemptions

(1)Existing Access to Loading Space Exemption for Buildings on Lots in the EL Zone
In the EL zone, if a lawfully existing building has a lawful access to a loading space that does not comply with regulation 60.10.90.40(1) or Article 220.5.20, that lawful access is permitted.
(2)Access Through a Main Wall to a Loading Space Exemption
If a lawfully existing building has a lawful entrance to a loading space in a main wall that faces a street, that lawful entrance to the loading space is exempt from regulation 60.10.90.40(2).
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