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Haldimand County Zoning By-law HC 1-2020

Haldimand County has generated a Comprehensive Zoning By-law HC 1-2020, which amalgamates and replaces the three separate By-laws from the former municipalities;

  • the City of Nanticoke Zoning By-law NE 1-2000
  • the Town of Haldimand Zoning By-law 1-H 86
  • the Town of Dunnville Zoning By-law 1-DU 80

The new By-law ensures the consistency of zone categories, definitions, general standards and provisions throughout the County. It incorporates updates and changes to the By-laws, and conforms to the policies of the Haldimand County Official Plan.

DECLARATION NOTICE – Zoning By-law HC 1-2020 General Amendment Update #3

The Council of Haldimand County approved By-law No.’s  1342-HC/23, 1343-HC/23, 1344-HC/23, 1345-HC/23 on March 27, 2023, pursuant to Section 34 of the Planning Act, which affects lands in Haldimand County.

Should you have any questions, please contact Please find the full Declaration Notice HERE. Further details regarding the amendments can be found in the staff report PDD-05-2023.

Zoning By-law HC 1-2020 Interactive Map

An interactive Zoning map has been generated to coincide with the Comprehensive Zoning By-law, allowing users to access to most up-to-date information and confirm property zoning, including any site specific provisions.

``How-to`` Instructional Mapping PDF
Interactive Zoning Map: FULL SCREEN

What is a Zoning By-law?

A Zoning By-law is a detailed municipal By-law that regulates the types of land uses and activities that may occur on a property or within buildings; and the height, location, massing and character of buildings and structures.

The specific matters that may be regulated by a Zoning By-law are outlined in the Ontario Planning Act. The Planning Act allows the Council of Haldimand County to pass Zoning By-laws to restrict the use of land, and to regulate the size, location and character of buildings and structures within the County.

Zoning By-laws are used by municipalities in Ontario to manage land use compatibility and manage the character and appearance of neighbourhoods and communities.  Zoning By-laws are also prepared to implement the policies of a municipality’s Official Plan, which establishes goals and policies respecting the types of permitted land uses and desired built form within different geographic areas of the municipality.

The Zoning By-law is used to translate these policies into more specific permitted land uses, and lays out the requirements for lot and buildings by establishing zone categories and regulations which apply to all lands in the municipality.

A Zoning By-law is primarily implemented through the Building Permit application process. Where a property owner or occupant wishes to construct something on their property, and applies for a Building Permit, the proposal must conform to the provisions of the Zoning By-law.  If the proposal does not conform to the Zoning By-law, the applicant can:

  1. Apply for a minor variance to seek relief from the provisions of the Zoning By-law;
  2. Apply for a rezoning (Zoning By-law Amendment) to change their zone or seek major relief from the provisions of the Zoning By-law; or
  3. The applicant can rework their proposal so that it complies with the Zoning By-law.

Past Public Notices

Declaration Notice – General Amendments to Comprehensive Zoning By-law HC 1-2020

Take note that By-law No. 1243-HC/21 of Haldimand County, was passed by the Council of the Corporation on the 21st day of September, 2021, and no notice of appeal of the By-law had been filed by any person in the office of the Clerk within the twenty-day appeal period, which expired on the 18th day of October, 2021. As such, this by-law is in force and effect.

On December 7, 2021, Haldimand County amended Comprehensive Zoning By-law HC 1-2020, to correct operational mapping items and errors that have been identified through application of the comprehensive by-law. This declaration pertains to By-laws 1249-HC/21 to 1279-HC/21.