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​​​Midland Online ​​​Zoning Tool​

Midland’s Zoning By-law 2004-90 is now available as an online searchable map in order to determine the zoning of any property in Town.  The new Midland Online Zoning Tool applies zoning on an individual property basis rather than showing the overall areas or “zones” that are depicted on the Zoning Schedules to the By-law.  By connecting the zoning to the parcel level, the online zoning tool permits users to find zoning for a property with an address search or by using standard zoom and pan tools. This information is presented both in a list and on a map.  

How to Find Your Zoning

The following steps will lead you through the process for determining the zoning of your property. The full Adobe version of the Town of Midland Zoning By-law 2004-90 is made available on the Town website which can be accessed by clicking the “Zoning By-Law” button below the mapping window of the  Midland Online Zoning Tool  application. Please note that confirmation of the zoning of any property and the regulations and zoning provisions that apply should be sought through the Town’s Planning Department, by contacting ext. 2215 and asking for Zoning Information. A Planning First application for a Zoning Certificate can also be obtained, free of charge, to confirm that a proposed construction project will comply with the zoning for that property.​

To view the zoning for your property (Please read all instructions before going to the map): 

  • Open the Zoning By-law application

  • Enter the address of the property you want to know the zoning for in the Search bar and then select it from the drop-down list of results 

  • The app will navigate to the selected property in the mapping window and the zoning codes for the property will appear in the Zoning Information section along with the area of each zone 

  • Alternatively, you can pan and/or zoom within the map to find properties and zoning codes

  • Once you have found the property, click on “Highlight” button in the Address Information section to confirm it is the correct property and record the zoning code for future reference

  • If there are multiple zone types on a single property, you can highlight the individual zones by clicking “Highlight” beside the zone you wish to feature

  • Click the “Zoning By-Law” button below the mapping window to open a copy of Zoning By-law 2004-90 which describes zones by each category (residential, commercial, etc.) in greater detail

Zone Codes – Explanation

Each property is designated by a zone code that is formed from one or more parts; usually a letter designating the major land use type (e.g. R for Residential) and a number to define a land use subtype (e.g. Industrial “M2”). Exceptions can also apply to specific properties (e.g. R2-18) with “18” being the exception that applies to a particular property or properties.  For a more in-depth explanation of the parts of the zone code, please refer to Section 3.1 of Zoning By-law 2004-90. 

Help us improve the Midland Online Zoning Tool!

We are still working to perfect this application and while every care has been taken to ensure that the online zoning tool is accurate, there may be some errors or anomalies in the display of the geographic data, place name data, or zoning codes. If you find an error or have a question about any of the data displayed or the zoning of a particular property, please email or call the Planning Department at 705-526-4275, ext. 2215 and we will get back to you within 48 hours. 

Now the legal stuff…

Zoning By-law 2004-90 that is contained in the online tool has been prepared for reference purposes only. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information; however it is not to be used in place of the actual by-law.  Zoning By-law 2004-90 can be obtained at the Town Office or by downloading the Adobe version.  The zoning information that is presented is a representation sourced from Geographic Information Systems and is not based on a legal survey. In the event of a discrepancy between the zoning information contained in the Midland Online Zoning Tool and the information contained in the records and by-law of the Town, the information contained in the records and by-law of the Town shall be deemed conclusive. Under no circumstances shall the Town be liable for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the use of, or the inability to use this zoning tool. Zoning maps should always be referred to in conjunction with the text of the zoning by-law

What is zoning?

Zoning is an important tool for the municipality as it promotes compatible land uses and encourages the development in an orderly fashion of a variety of mixed uses throughout the community. The Zoning By-law conforms to the land uses designations in the Official Plan by providing detailed regulations pertaining to each Zone. These regulations include the permitted land use, maximum building height, minimum setbacks of buildings from property lines, maximum lot coverage, minimum lot sizes and minimum on site parking requirements. Issues such as accessory buildings, pool locations and home occupations are also addressed.

The Town of Midland's Zoning By-law 2004-90, as amended, is the document which regulates the use of land, building or structure and can be downloaded below.

Accompanying the text of the Zoning By-law is Schedule "A" Zone Schedules.  The zone schedules are divided in a grid pattern for easy viewing.  Please refer to the Index Grid to identify the appropriate zone schedule to refer to.

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Zoning By-law Amendments

Zoning By-law Amendments are applications to change the Town of Midland Zoning By-law to allow a use or building which the By-law does not currently allow. The Zoning By-law Amendment process takes approximately three (3) to five (5) months. Please fill out a Zoning By-law Amendment Application to get started.​​

Zoning Compliance Letter

​A Zoning Compliance Letter is a letter prepared by the Planning and Building Services Department to confirm the zoning and permitted uses on a particular property. This letter is often required for a variety of licensing purposes. Property owners may obtain a Zoning Compliance letter by submitting to the Planning and Building Services Department a letter specifying the property address and the proposed use.  The fee for a Zoning Compliance Letter is $50.00.