To find out how your property can be used, check your property’s zoning.

What is Zoning?

Zoning guides the growth of the community in an orderly way to avoid conflicts between incompatible uses (zoning sets the rules; it’s a regulation). The Zoning Bylaw establishes the permitted use of land within the City as well as form, density, height, yard setbacks, lot coverage, and lot size.

Zoning Bylaw No. 4500 (Updated June 21, 2021)

(Note: this document is very large in size and you may experience a delay or difficulty opening it.)

To view a specific section of the Zoning Bylaw, select one of the chapters shown below:

Zoning on NanaimoMap

NanaimoMap is the City of Nanaimo's interactive mapping site. The link below will lead you to the zoning layer of NanaimoMap where you can find out your property’s zoning*:

Zoning Map

*Zones shown in NanaimoMap may not be exact. To confirm the zoning, please contact Current Planning staff.

Use Index

The Use Index* is a companion document to the City of Nanaimo's Zoning Bylaw 2011 NO. 4500. The document below will assist you in determining which uses are permitted within a zone:

Use Index

*The Use Index may not always be up to date. To confirm that a use is permitted within a zone, please contact Planning staff.

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Last updated: August 10, 2021

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