The City of North Bay has adopted a new Zoning By-law for the community, By-law 2015-30 which has come into effect as of May 11, 2015.

The purpose of the Zoning By-law is to:

  • implement the objectives and policies of a municipality's Official Plan;
  • provide a legal way of managing land use and future development;
  • ensure development occurs in a responsible manner;
  • confirm that the kind of use is suitable for a particular area and protect the public from possibly dangerous land uses.

The Zoning By-law controls the use of land in a community, including:

  • how land may be used;
  • where buildings and other structures can be located;
  • the types of buildings (commercial, industrial, residential) that are permitted and how they may be used;
  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street and other such regulations.

The Zoning By-law also provides schedules (maps) that outlines what property is zoned throughout the community. These zones link to permitted uses and regulations that are detailed within the text of the By-law.

Zoning By-laws have 3 basic components:

  • maps: are the most common feature of any zoning bylaw since they indicate where particular standards apply
  • words: which form a kind of "language" unique to each bylaw
  • numbers: can establish;
    • the size of a building, often expressed in floor area or density ratio such as the Floor Space Index
    • the height of the building in storeys or metres
    • the setbacks determine how far back the building must be from the front, side and back of the property line
    • the amount of parking spaces to be provided

Where minor changes to zoning regulations are proposed, a different process may be more appropriate - applying to the Committee of Adjustment for a minor variance.

City Council is responsible for considering zoning amendments. A Zoning By-law Amendment is a public process in which members of the public are encouraged to participate.

Zoning By-Law 2015-30 (In Effect)

The Consolidated Zoning By-law of the City of North Bay relate to the general provisions, uses permitted and regulations for various specific zone, and covers all properties in the City. Also, many zoning designations have special section provisions that are site specific to the various lands that indicated the site specific zone. For the various zoning designations, the Zoning By-law should be read in conjunction with all site specific or general provisions.

Interactive Mapping – Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Application

The City of North Bay has prepared an interactive mapping tool to help citizens explore their properties and general zoning across the City.

This application allows the user to move around the entire area of the City of North Bay and see the zoning associated with any property in the City. By selecting a property information will appear on the left hand side of the screen with a link to the relevant section within the new Zoning By-law. This will allow the user to quickly access information relevant to the zoning of the property they’re interested in.

GIS - Interactive Mapping Tool

Zoning By-law Documents and Schedules

Legal Non-Conforming Uses

Legal Non-Conforming Uses are uses that met all the requirements of the Zoning By-law (and any other requirements) when they were established but no longer comply because the zoning requirements have changed.

Legal Non-Complying Uses

A legal non-complying use is defined as a building or structure erected prior to the date of the passing zoning by-law, on a lot having less than the minimum frontage or depth or area or having less than the minimum setback or side yard or rear yard or minimum useable open space required by the by-law.


  1. The City of North Bay zoning maps and related by-law information are provided as a public service. In any situation where the printed official map or by-law document of the City of North Bay differ from electronic versions contained in this website, the official printed publications take precedence. Users of this electronic information should verify it with the printed official information before acting on it.

    Content you access here is not necessarily an exact and/or current reproduction of official documents. For example, by-law revisions may be in progress or Internet browser display capability may affect map presentation formats. The City of North Bay does not warrant the accuracy of these electronic versions and accepts no responsibility for any damages suffered by any person as a result of decisions made - or actions based - on informational content accessed via its Internet site.

    Official versions of all zoning maps and related information can be obtained from the Planning Department at (705) 474-0400 during normal business hours. Note: This PDF file is quite large and may take some time to download.

  2. No Liability on the part of the City of North Bay:
    1. The recipient acknowledges that the City of North Bay ("the City") does not represent nor warrant that the mapping data ("the data") supplied to the recipient by the City is accurate, free of error, current or up-to-date. In consideration of being supplied with the data by the City, the recipient acknowledges and agrees that the use of the data is at the sole risk of the recipient and subject to the terms and conditions listed below in paragraph 3.
    2. The recipient further covenants and agrees to save harmless and indemnify the City, its elected officials, employees, agents, successors and assigns in respect of any and all actions, claims, or demands which may be brought against or made upon the City, its elected officials, employees, agents, successors or assigns for damages, losses or expenses of any kind, including but not limited to, indirect, consequential, exemplary, incidental, or special damages, whether in the form of lost profits, lost business revenue, failure to realize expected savings, or any other commercial or economic loss arising out of or in connection with the aforesaid mapping data supplied to the recipient by the City.
    3. For the purpose of this agreement, the term "Data" will be used to describe any written, printed or electronic information.
  3. Terms and Conditions applicable to Recipients of Mapping Data:
    1. The City of North Bay must be acknowledged as the source of the data;
    2. The recipient will endeavor to bring to the attention of the City any errors detected in this data;
    3. The recipient will not market or disclose the data to third parties without the express written permission of the City, and then only on such terms as may be approved by the City;
    4. The recipient acknowledges that release of this data by the City does not constitute conveyance of any rights of ownership of the data to the recipient;
    5. The data and the City's authorization to use same may not be transferred without the express written permission of the City, and then only on such terms as may be approved by the City;
    6. In the event that the recipient is a partnership or a body corporate and undergoes a change in control or ownership such that the recipient no longer uses the data in the manner set out in its original request for the data, the authorization will become null and void without further notification from the City. The recipient will be responsible for the removal of all digital data provided by the City from any and all of the recipient's systems.


Beverley Hillier
 Manager, Planning & Building Services
 (705) 474-0400 x2403
Peter Carello
 Senior Planner, Current Operations
 (705) 474-0400 x2409
Adam Curran
 Policy & Business Development Planner
 (705) 474-0400 x 2402
Elizabeth Courville
 Zoning Administrator
 (705) 474-0400 x2401