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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
Table of Contents

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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
80.5Regulations Applying to the Institutional Zone Category
80.5.1General
80.5.1.10Interpretation
80.5.20Permitted Uses
80.5.20.1General
80.5.30Lot Requirements
80.5.30.1General
80.5.30.11Lot Area Exemptions
80.5.30.21Lot Frontage Exemptions
80.5.30.41Lot Coverage Exemptions
80.5.40Principal Building Requirements
80.5.40.1General
80.5.40.10Height
80.5.40.11Height Exemptions
80.5.40.40Floor Area
80.5.40.41Floor Area Exemptions
80.5.40.60Permitted Encroachments
80.5.40.70Setbacks
80.5.40.71Setbacks Exemptions
80.5.50Yards
80.5.50.10Landscaping
80.5.60Ancillary Buildings and Structures
80.5.60.10Location
80.5.60.20Setbacks
80.5.60.40Height
80.5.75Energy Regulations
80.5.75.1General
80.5.80Parking
80.5.80.1General
80.5.80.10Location
80.5.80.30Separation
80.5.100Access to Lot
80.5.100.10Location
80.10Institutional General Zone (I)
80.20Institutional Hospital Zone (IH)
80.30Institutional Education Zone (IE)
80.40Institutional School Zone (IS)
80.50Institutional Place of Worship Zone (IPW)
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 80 Institutional

80.5 Regulations Applying to the Institutional Zone Category

80.5.1 General

80.5.1.10 Interpretation

(1)Application of General Regulations Section
The regulations in Section 80.5 apply to all lands, uses, buildings and structures in the Institutional Zone category.
(2)Interpretation of the Institutional Zone Symbol
The zone symbol on the Zoning By-law Map for zones in the Institutional Zone category consists of the letters I, IE, IH, IS, or IPW, indicating the primary land use permitted in the respective zone.

80.5.20 Permitted Uses

80.5.20.1 General

(1)Lawfully Existing Public School, Private School
A lawfully existing public school or private school on a lot in the Institutional Zone category is permitted on that lot, and:
(A)any expansion or addition to the lawfully existing public school or private school building must comply with Section 150.48 and the requirements for the zone in which the lot is located; and
(B)the lawfully existing public school or private school may be replaced with a new school building that complies with Section 150.48 and the requirements for the zone in which the lot is located.

80.5.30 Lot Requirements

80.5.30.1 General

(1)Lot Requirements
Additional lot requirements are in each zone in the Institutional Zone category.

80.5.30.11 Lot Area Exemptions

(1)Permitted Lot Area for Lawfully Existing Lots
In the Institutional Zone category, if the lawful lot area of a lawfully existing lot is less than the required minimum lot area, that lawful lot area is the minimum lot area required 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 80.5.30.11(1) must comply with all other regulations in this By-law or be authorized by a Section 45 Planning Act minor variance.

80.5.30.21 Lot Frontage Exemptions

(1)Permitted Lot Frontage for Lawfully Existing Lots
In the Institutional Zone category, 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 80.5.30.21(1) must comply with all other regulations in this By-law or be authorized by a Section 45 Planning Act minor variance.

80.5.30.41 Lot Coverage Exemptions

(1)Permitted Lot Coverage for Lawfully Existing Buildings
In the Institutional Zone category, if the portion of a lot covered by lawfully existing buildings or structures is greater than the permitted maximum lot coverage, the lawful portion of the lot covered by those lawfully existing buildings or structures is the maximum lot coverage for those lawfully existing buildings or structures on that lot.
(2)Additions to Lawfully Existing Buildings
Any addition or extension to lawfully existing buildings or structures referred to in regulation 80.5.30.41(1) must comply with all other regulations in this By-law or be authorized by a Section 45 Planning Act minor variance.

80.5.40 Principal Building Requirements

80.5.40.1 General

(1)Building Requirements
Additional building requirements are in each zone in the Institutional Zone category.

80.5.40.10 Height

(1)Determining the Height of a Building
In the Institutional Zone category, the height of a building or structure is the distance between the average elevation of the ground along the front lot line and the elevation of the highest point of the building or structure.
(2)Height of Specific Structures on a Building
In the Institutional Zone category, the following structures on the roof of a building, may exceed the permitted maximum height for that building by 5.0 metres:
(A)antennae;
(B)flagpoles; and
(C)satellite dishes.
(3)Height of Elements for Functional Operation of a Building
In the Institutional Zone category, the following structures on the roof of a building, may exceed the permitted maximum height for that building by 5.0 metres, subject to regulation 80.5.40.10(4):
(A)equipment used for the functional operation of the building, such as electrical, utility, mechanical and ventilation equipment;
(B)structures or parts of the building that are used for the functional operation of the building, such as enclosed stairwells, roof access, maintenance equipment storage, elevator shafts, chimneys, vents, and water supply facilities; and
(C)structures that enclose, screen or cover the elements listed in (A) and (B) above.
(4)Height - Horizontal Limits on Elements for Functional Operation of a Building
In the Institutional Zone category, equipment, structures or parts of a building that exceed the permitted maximum height for a building in regulation 80.5.40.10(3), must comply with the following:
(A)their total area may cover no more than 30% of the area of the roof, measured horizontally; and
(B)if they are located within 6.0 metres of a lot line abutting a street, their total horizontal dimension, measured parallel to the street, may not exceed 20% of the width of the building's main walls facing that street.
(5)Height of Rooftop Amenity Space Safety and Wind Protection
In the Institutional Zone category, unenclosed structures providing safety or wind protection to rooftop amenity space on a building with a height greater than 15.0 metres, may exceed the permitted maximum height for that building by 3.0 metres, if the structures are no closer than 2.0 metres from the interior face of any main wall.

80.5.40.11 Height Exemptions

(1)Permitted Height for Lawfully Existing Buildings
In the Institutional Zone category, if the lawful height of a lawfully existing building or structure is greater than the permitted maximum height for a building, that lawful height is the maximum height for that lawfully existing building or structure.
(2)Additions to Lawfully Existing Buildings -- Height
In the Institutional Zone category, an addition or extension to a lawfully existing building or structure referred to in regulation 80.5.40.11(1) must comply with the permitted maximum height or be authorized by a Section 45 Planning Act minor variance.

80.5.40.40 Floor Area

(1)Gross Floor Area Calculations
In the Institutional Zone category the gross floor area of a building is reduced by the area in the building used for:
(A)parking, loading and bicycle parking below-ground;
(B)required loading spaces at the ground level and required bicycle parking spaces at or above-ground;
(C)storage rooms, washrooms, electrical, utility, mechanical and ventilation rooms in the basement;
(D)shower and change facilities required by this By-law for required bicycle parking spaces;
(E)elevator shafts;
(F)mechanical penthouse; and
(G)exit stairwells in the building.
(2)Floor Space Index Calculation for a Building
In the Institutional Zone category the floor space index is the result of the gross floor area minus the areas of a building listed in regulation 80.5.40.40(1) divided by the area of the lot.

80.5.40.41 Floor Area Exemptions

(1)Permitted Floor Space Index for Lawfully Existing Buildings
In the Institutional Zone category, if the lawful gross floor area of lawfully existing buildings on a lot results in a floor space index greater than the permitted maximum floor space index, the lawful floor space index resulting from those lawfully existing buildings on that lot is the maximum floor space index for those lawfully existing buildings on that lot.

80.5.40.60 Permitted Encroachments

(1)Canopies and Awnings
In the Institutional Zone category, despite regulations 5.10.40.70(1) and (2), a canopy, awning or similar structure, with or without structural support, may encroach into a required minimum building setback that abuts a street, if no part of the canopy, awning or similar structure is more than 5.0 metres above the elevation of the ground directly below it.

80.5.40.70 Setbacks

(1)Building Setback from a Lane
A building or structure in the Institutional Zone category may be no closer than 2.5 metres from the original centreline of a lane.

80.5.40.71 Setbacks Exemptions

(1)Permitted Setbacks for Lawfully Existing Buildings
In the Institutional Zone category, 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 building setback is the minimum front yard setback for that lawfully existing building or structure;
(B)a rear lot line, that lawful building setback is the minimum rear yard setback for that lawfully existing building or structure; or
(C)a side lot line, that lawful building setback is the minimum side yard setback for that lawfully existing building or structure.
(2)Additions to Lawfully Existing Buildings
Any addition or extension to a lawfully existing building or structure referred to in regulation 80.5.40.71(1) must comply with the required minimum building setbacks or be authorized by a Section 45 Planning Act minor variance.
(3)Permitted Setbacks for Lawfully Existing Building from a Lane
In the Institutional Zone category, if the lawful distance of a lawfully existing building or structure from the original centreline of a lane is less than the required minimum distance from the original centreline of the lane, that lawful distance is the minimum distance from the original centreline of the lane for that lawfully existing building or structure.
(4)Additions Above Lawfully Existing Buildings in Relation to a Lane
The required minimum distance from the original centreline of a lane for any addition or extension above a lawfully existing building or structure referred to in regulation 80.5.40.71(3) is the minimum distance from the original centreline of the lane permitted by regulation 80.5.40.71(3).

80.5.50 Yards

80.5.50.10 Landscaping

(1)Landscaping Requirement When Abutting a Lot in a Residential Zone Category
If a lot in the Institutional Zone category abuts a lot in the Residential Zone category, a minimum 1.5 metre wide strip of soft landscaping must be provided along the part of the lot line abutting the lot in the Residential Zone category.

80.5.60 Ancillary Buildings and Structures

80.5.60.10 Location

(1)Ancillary Building Location Restriction
In the Institutional Zone category, an ancillary building or structure may not be located in a front yard.

80.5.60.20 Setbacks

(1)Setback of Ancillary Building or Structure
In the Institutional Zone category, an ancillary building or structure must be set back from a side lot line and rear lot line the greater of:
(A)half the height of the ancillary building or structure; or
(B)3.0 metres, if the lot line abuts a lot in the Residential Zone category or the Residential Apartment Zone category.

80.5.60.40 Height

(1)Height of Ancillary Buildings and Structures
In the Institutional Zone category, the height of an ancillary building or structure is the distance between average grade and the elevation of the highest point of the ancillary building or structure.

80.5.75 Energy Regulations

80.5.75.1 General

(1)Renewable Energy or Cogeneration Energy Device - Location Restriction
In the Institutional Zone category, a device producing renewable energy or cogeneration energy on a lot may not be in a front yard or side yard that abuts a street.
(2)Renewable Energy Device - Height Requirements
In the Institutional Zone category, a photovoltaic solar energy device or a thermal solar energy device that is:
(A)on a building:
(i)must comply with the required minimum building setbacks for a building on the lot; and
(ii)no part of the device may be higher than 2.0 metres above the permitted maximum height for the building; and
(B)ground mounted, the device must comply with the requirements for a building or structure on the lot.
(3)Wind Energy Device - Setbacks
In the Institutional Zone category, a wind energy device must comply with the required minimum building setbacks for a building on the lot.
(4)Wind Energy Device - Height
In the Institutional Zone category, no part of the wind energy device may exceed the permitted maximum height for a building by more than:
(A)3.0 metres if:
(i)the wind energy device is on a lot that abuts a lot in the Residential Zone category; or
(ii)the building is less than 25 metres in height; and
(B)5.0 metres in all other cases.
(5)Geo-energy Requirements
In the Institutional Zone category, any above-ground part of a geo-energy device must comply with the requirements for a building or structure on the lot.
(6)Cogeneration Device
In the Institutional Zone category, a cogeneration energy device must be located inside a permitted building.

80.5.80 Parking

80.5.80.1 General

(1)Required Parking Space
A parking space required by this By-law for a use in the Institutional Zone category must be available for the use for which it is required.

80.5.80.10 Location

(1)Location of Required Parking Spaces
A parking space must be on the same lot as the use for which the parking space is required.
(2)Off-Site Parking Spaces
Despite regulation 80.5.80.10(1), in the Institutional Zone category a required parking space may be located on an abutting lot in the same zone.

80.5.80.30 Separation

(1)Parking Separation from Lot Line
In the Institutional Zone category, an area used for the parking or storage of 3 or more vehicles must be separated by a minimum 1.5 metres wide strip of soft landscaping from a lot line that abuts a street or lane.
(2)Parking Restriction When Abutting the Residential Zone Category
If a lot in the Institutional Zone category abuts a lot in the Residential Zone category, an area used for the parking or storage of 3 or more vehicles may be in a rear yard or side yard, if a fence is installed along the part of the lot line that abuts the lot in the Residential Zone category.

80.5.100 Access to Lot

80.5.100.10 Location

(1)Access to Non-Residential Uses when Adjacent to a Lot in the Residential Zone Category - Restriction on Sole Access from a Lane or Shared Private Right-of-Way
A lot in the Institutional Zone category may be used for parking for a use on an adjacent lot, if it does not front on a street and has its only vehicle access from a lane or private right-of-way that abuts a lot in the Residential Zone category.
(2)Driveway Access to a Lot - Crossing Landscaping Area
In the Institutional Zone category, a driveway may cross a required landscaping area.
(3)Access to Parking Areas Adjacent to a Lot in the Residential Zone Category
If a lot in the Institutional Zone category abuts a lot in the Residential Zone category vehicle access to a parking space may not be over any part of a lot in the Residential Zone category;
(4)Loading Restrictions Adjacent to a Lot in the Residential Zone Category or Residential Apartment Zone category
If a lot in the Institutional Zone category abuts a lot in the Residential Zone category or the Residential Apartment Zone category:
(A)vehicle access to a loading space may not cross any part of a lot in the Residential Zone category or the Residential Apartment Zone category; and
(B)any part of a lot line abutting a lot in the Residential Zone category or the Residential Apartment Zone category must be fenced.
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