How Does Zoning Work?

The Zoning By-Law implements a community's Official Plan. As a by-law, it is a legal tool to controls the use of land in our community. The Zoning By-law states how land may be used, the types and size of buildings allowed, and where they can be located on a lot. Other regulations include accessory uses, parking, driveways, and in some cases prohibited uses.

The Zoning By-law establishes a number of different categories or 'Zones', and specifies the types of uses and structures that are permitted in each zone.

For more information about how Zoning By-laws are use and how they affect property, see the Ontario Citizen's Guide for Zoning By-laws: 

How do I use the Zoning By-law?

Start by finding the zoning category of the property you are interested in using one of the two mapping options. Then look up the Zone Category in the Zoning By-law. You should also check the General Provisions and Definitions sections for more information about permitted uses and what the different uses mean. 

Meaford's Zoning By-law is available to view and download below: 

Click Here to View Zoning By-law 60-2009

Meaford Zoning Mapping

Zoning Maps are available either online through the Meaford GIS Portal or in traditional PDF form. 

NEW! Meaford GIS Portal - Online Zoning Mapping Tool 


Zoning By-Law PDF Maps Here

Amending the Zoning By-Law

In some cases, a property owner may wish to apply for a Zoning By-law Amendment if the owner's plans do not align with the current zoning category or provisions. 

Note that an amendment to the Zoning By-Law must conform with both the County of Grey Official Plan and the Meaford Official Plan. Please consult with the Land Use Designation of your property in the Official Plans before considering a Zoning By-law Amendment. 

Before you apply for a zoning amendment, you will need to book a consultation with our staff who will discuss your plans with you and provide guidance on the process. We can be reached at or 519-538-1060 extension 1120.

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