A zoning bylaw divides the City into zones for different types of land uses such as residential, commercial and industrial.

Victoria's zoning bylaws regulate what uses are permitted, the type and size of buildings and structures that may be constructed, minimum lot sizes,  landscaping requirements and off-street parking for motor vehicles and bicycles. The bylaws include regulations and maps that show what zone applies to each parcel of land.

The City of Victoria has two zoning bylaws which apply in different parts of the city.

The Zoning Regulation Bylaw (80-159) has been in place since 1981 and applies to most properties within Victoria except those within the Downtown Core Area. The Downtown Core Area is regulated by Zoning Bylaw 2018 (18-072)

Victoria's Zoning Bylaws:




Please note: Effective Oct 1, 2020, newly constructed buildings must meet the requirements for electric vehicle readiness set out in Zoning Regulation Bylaw, Amendment Bylaw (No. 1210) and Zoning Bylaw 2018, Amendment Bylaw (No. 5). These changes do not apply to projects where a development permit and or building permit application has been submitted prior to Oct 1, 2020. Further information will be requested in the Building Permit Application. For more information click here.


Zoning Regulation Map

  • The zoning maps for both zoning bylaws are available on VicMap (Interactive mapping system)
  • To view zoning information, choose the Planning and Development Theme located within the drop down on the top right corner after launching the VicMap.