Zoning Bylaw

**Please note:  The Province of BC has updated their legislation governing local government public hearings for rezonings across the Province. For instance, a local government must not hold a public hearing if a proposed zoning bylaw is consistent with the official community plan (OCP) in effect for the area. Where there is not consistency with the OCP, local government must hold a public hearing on a proposed zoning bylaw, including amendments to the bylaw.  Local governments are also prohibited from holding a public hearing on a zoning bylaw or amendments to zoning bylaw proposed for the sole purpose of complying with the Province’s Small-scale Multi-unit housing (SSMUH) legislation. The City of Prince Rupert is currently in the process of updating our Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw to be consistent with the SSMUH legislation, and more information on our work on that will be shared as soon as possible. For more information on SSMUH and what it means for homeowners and property development, check out their webpage that provides greater detail on the regulatory changes.

The Zoning Bylaw identifies parcels of land in Prince Rupert as belonging to certain ‘zones’ that regulate the use and density of developments, and the siting, size, and dimensions of buildings and structures allowed in a specified area. Zoning also establishes and promotes minimum standards for health, safety, convenience, and public welfare. Zoning can prevent overcrowding of land and ensure appropriate building forms.

Each property belongs in a Zone, which sets out:

  • The use of land, buildings, and other structures;
  • The density of the use of land, buildings and other structures;
  • The siting, size, and dimensions of buildings and other structures;
  • The siting, size, and dimensions of the uses that are permitted;
  • The location of uses on the land and within buildings and other structures; and,
  • Off-street parking and loading requirements.

A Zoning Amendment, or ‘rezoning’ is the process of changing the zone, or specifics of the existing zone, of a property or properties

The Zoning Bylaw can also be varied without going through a Zoning amendment if the requested change does not relate to density or use. For more information on how to apply to vary the Zoning Bylaw, see below for our informational guide on how to apply for a Variance Permit.

Interested in applying for a zoning amendment or variance? Read through the information below and reach out to Development Services Department for a pre-application meeting.

For additional resources relating to the Zoning Bylaw and Application process, see below:

*Please note that we do our best to update all online copies of the Zoning Bylaw and associated application forms as they are amended, however we cannot always guarantee that the above version of the documents listed are the latest. The most recent version will be available at the front desk at City Hall. 

For more information on how to apply for an OCP or Zoning Amendment, check out our brochure on OCP and Zoning Amendment Application Procedures:

For more information on how to apply to vary the Zoning Bylaw, see below for our informational guide on how to apply for a Variance Permit. 

Application Guide for Development Variance Permit Applications (PDF)

If a rezoning, OCP amendment and/or Development Variance Permit is successful, property owners must then apply for the necessary Development and/or Building Permits