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A Zoning By-Law is a regulatory document implementing the policy direction provided in the Official Plan. It is a legally enforceable document that regulates land use and property development.
Zoning By-Laws control land use by stating exactly how the public can use land, where the public can locate buildings and structures, the types of buildings permitted, lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights, and property setbacks.
The approved By-Law text can be accessed here:
The Norfolk County Zoning By-Law has been developed to incorporate the policy direction of the Norfolk County Official Plan.
Hard copies of the County Zoning By-Law can be ordered by contacting the Zoning Administrator.
Map Schedules updated to January 1, 2021:
- Special Provision Schedules – Updated January, 2021
- Zoning By-Law, Schedule A (combined) – Revised January 1, 2021
- Zoning By-Law Schedule B -combined – Revised January 1, 2021
- Zoning By-law 1-Z-2014 Schedule C
We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked zoning questions.What is the zoning of my property?
If you know what your property is zoned, you can refer to our zoning bylaw and confirm if what you are proposing to build is listed under “permitted uses.”
Note: Cannabis facilities are under site plan control; although they are listed as permitted use in some zones, the Planning Department must be contacted regarding all proposed facilities.
If you have any questions regarding what is permitted on your property, please complete the Zoning Inquiry Form, and we will respond to you within two business days.
Dog kennels are only permitted in the agricultural (A) zone. Four or more dogs are classified as a kennel. If your proposal fits this description, please complete the Zoning Inquiry Form, and we will respond to you within two business days.
All proposed cannabis facilities are under site plan control. For more information, review the cannabis bylaw.
A permit is not required for a fence, but the fencing bylaw applies, which states the type of fence, height of fence, and setbacks from property lines to the fence. Learn more about the requirements required for fencing.
A fence may be required for your swimming pool.
Yes, although a permit is not required for a shed this size, you must still comply with all setback requirements and height restrictions.
To confirm what is required through zoning, please complete the Zoning Inquiry Form, and we will respond to you within two business days.
No livestock shall be permitted to be kept in any Zone with the exception of the Agricultural Zone (A) on parcels with a minimum lot area of two (2) hectares.
Livestock shall mean and include bovine, swine, poultry, horses, goats, sheep, fur-bearing animals, deer and elk, game animals, birds and other animals identified in the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) Formulae Implementation Guidelines Factor Tables (Table 1) as amended.
Yes, backyard chickens are permitted in most zones, but you must comply with the backyard hens bylaw.
If you want more chickens than the backyard hen bylaw allows, then you must be zoned AGR and have 5 acres or more to accommodate the chickens.
View the accessory dwelling unit page for more information.
If you have any other general questions regarding accessory dwelling units, please complete the Zoning Inquiry Form, and we will respond to you within two business days.
- Complete the zoning inquiry form to have your questions answered