Zoning Certificate

Zoning Certificate

What is a Zoning Certificate of Occupancy?

A Zoning Certificate of Occupancy is a permit that approves a change of use (e.g.: from a retail store to a restaurant). It does not give permission to construct or occupy a building.

When is a Zoning Certificate of Occupancy required?

A Zoning Certificate of Occupancy is required where there is a change in business use of a building or a unit within a building (e.g.: from a retail store to a restaurant or from a manufacturing facility to a warehouse facility). You are not allowed to change the use of any land, building or structure until you have applied for and received a Zoning Certificate of Occupancy, Review subsection 1.1.13 of the zoning by-law.

How do I know if a Zoning Certificate of Occupancy is required?

Check the history of a property to obtain information on the current approved use of a property or building unit. When in doubt, call 3-1-1 to contact the City's Zoning staff to find out if you need a new Zoning Certificate of Occupancy.

How do I apply for a Zoning Certificate of Occupancy?

Submit your application online.

A complete Zoning Certificate of Occupancy application must include:

  • One (1) copy of a metric site plan showing the location of the unit and/or area to be occupied, and unit number with site statistics (e.g.: parking provided and required, floor area of unit, lot area, building area
  • One (1) copy of a fully dimensioned floor plan measured from the exterior of outside walls to the mid-point of joint partitions of all rooms and areas, and indicating the use of the unit, rooms and/or area to be occupied
  • One (1) copy of a letter of use outlining in detail the proposed business operation (i.e.: what type of business do you conduct, what product or service do you provide, and who do you provide this service to). Specify whether or not there will be any wholesale or retail sales, outdoor storage, a list of all combustible storage and quantities (if applicable), the name(s) of both the tenant and/or agent with business address and phone number, and the total occupant load (number of people, employees, patrons)
  • The required fee

Zoning By-law Reference:

1.1.13  Certificate of Occupancy

1.1.13.1
The type of use made of any land, building or structure within any zone category, except residential, shall not be changed to another type of use without first having applied for and obtained a Certificate of Occupancy from the Zoning Administrator. A Certificate of Occupancy shall also be applied for and obtained from the Zoning Administrator where the type of use made of any land, building or structure changes to a lodging house within any zone category.

1.1.13.2
A Certificate of Occupancy shall also be applied for and obtained from the Zoning Administrator where the type of use made of any land, building orstructure changes from vacant to a use identified in Article 1.1.13.1.

Any information contained herein is strictly for information purposes only and should be reviewed in conjunction with Zoning By-Law 0225-2007, as amended. In the case where the information provided conflicts with that of the text contained in Zoning By-law 0225-2007, as amended, the text shall prevail. It should not be relied on when making decisions in connection with real estate transactions, development proposals or building permits.

Please visit the Mississauga Civic Centre, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to review the Official Zoning By-law and to speak with staff before making important decisions.

A list of amendments passed by Council but not yet incorporated into the office consolidation copy can be found on the Unconsolidated Zoning By-law Amendments document. 

Copies of Zoning By-law Amendments are available at:
Office of the City Clerk
Corporate Services Department, 2nd Floor.

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