The Zoning Bylaw is a regulatory document that facilitates implementation of the City of Saskatoon's Official Community Plan. All land in the City of Saskatoon is assigned a zoning district and subject to development standards associated with the zoning district. Parking, permitted uses, and setbacks are included in these regulations. In the event that a property owner wishes to change the use or form a building and the proposed changes do not fall within the applied zoning district or Official Community Plan land use designation, applications to amend the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw can be submitted for review. Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Bylaw No. 8770, the Zoning Bylaw, was enacted in July 2009. Related inquiries and requests for confirmation can be directed to the Planning and Development Division.
The Development Portal is a publicly-available tool that allows the public and development industry to see more detailed information regarding land use and servicing components. It is intended to let interested individuals perform their own research. Over time additional functionalities will be added to this resource.
Zoning Bylaw Review
The City of Saskatoon is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the Zoning Bylaw.
Zoning Bylaw Review
Why are we reviewing the Zoning Bylaw?
The Zoning Bylaw last underwent a review from 2007 to 2009. To align with identified strategic priorities and current trends, a range of amendments will be considered, including business-friendly and economic-development initiatives, environmental initiatives and other current trends in planning. Amendments will also align with other strategic City initiatives, including the Plan for Growth, the Culture Plan, the Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth Regional Plan and the redesigned Official Community Plan (to be completed in 2019).
What do we hope to achieve?
This project will undertake a review of the Zoning Bylaw to ensure that it meets current and desired trends in commercial, residential and community developments. The review will include amendments that fall within the following themes:
• Review of Commercial and Mixed-Use Zoning Districts, including all commercial zoning districts from Neighbourhood-level commercial to City Centre, as well as the Direct Control Districts for regional retail areas;
• Regulations to accommodate new forms of development;
• Environmental initiatives, including green roofs and alternatives for hard surfacing;
• Review of parking requirements throughout all zoning districts;
• A review of residential infill regulations;
• Clarifying amendments to respond to issues identified by the development industry, design professionals and Civic Administration;
• A range of minor amendments to address housekeeping items; and,
• Revisions required to implement recommendations from the new Official Community Plan and other civic plans and studies.
The Review will also include the development of a digital platform for the Zoning Bylaw.
What is not included in the review?
The Zoning Bylaw project will not consider specific zoning requests - these are better handled through the development review process.
The project will also not include a review of the organization and basic structure of the Zoning Bylaw.