A Zoning Certificate of Occupancy is a permit that approves a new use or a change of use of a building or unit in accordance with the Zoning By-law.
For example changing from a retail store to a restaurant, or a vacant unit to a new use.
You are not allowed to change the use of any land, building or structure until you have a Zoning Certificate of Occupancy, according to subsection 1.1.13 of the Zoning By-law.
The certificate does not give permission to construct or occupy a building. A Zoning Certificate of Occupancy does not approve a change of use according to the Ontario Building Code.
Learn more about when a building permit is required.
To learn more about the current approved use of a property, check the property history. If you’re still not sure, call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits).
Submit your application online through our ePlans portal using the “Zoning Certificate of Occupancy” request type.
Learn more about the Zoning Certificate Process.
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The application fee is $500. You can pay the fee online when you complete your application.
You’ll need to upload the following drawings and documents when you apply.
The site plan must include the following:
Floor plans must include:
The Letter of Use must include details about the proposed business operation, such as: