Zoning Bylaw Review


The new Delta Zoning Bylaw received 3rd reading at the February 19, 2018 Regular Meeting following Council adopting two amendments:

  1. the restriction on secondary suite parking in the front yard was removed; and
  2. the 10 m2 size limit on the accessory buildings was removed and a 20 m2 floor space exemption for an accessory building added.
The Delta Zoning Bylaw as amended has been referred to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval following which Council will consider final adoption.


Delta is currently undertaking a comprehensive zoning bylaw review, which will result in an up to date bylaw and changes to certain land use regulations. 

Delta’s existing Zoning Bylaw was adopted nearly 40 years ago and since then has been amended in a patchwork fashion, resulting in a document that does not work well as a cohesive land use bylaw and does not reflect contemporary land use standards.

What's proposed in the Zoning Bylaw review?

User Friendliness and Streamlining

  • Consolidate and rename zones
  • Reorganize and streamline regulations
  • Update language and regulations to reflect current industry practices
  • Incorporate departmental policies into zoning


  • Reduced parking requirements along the Scott Road corridor
  • New tandem parking regulations
  • New bike parking regulations
  • New electric vehicle parking and charging infrastructure requirements
  • New car sharing incentives


  • New landscaping requirements for surface parking lots
  • New front yard tree requirements

Single Detached/Duplex Residential

  • Clarify in-ground basement regulations
  • Incorporate 15 metre minimum lot width for secondary suites and clarify suite parking requirements
  • Allow half-storey attic where there is no basement
  • Incorporate 12 m (39 ft) minimum lot width in detached residential zones (excluding the coach house zone)
  • Add new regulations for accessory structures
  • Covered decks or porches not permitted for accessory structures
  • Accommodations for the forward projection of side-entry garages
  • Maximum height for side-by-side duplexes increased from 1.5 storeys to 2.5 storeys, to match that of vertical duplexes and single detached dwellings
  • Accessory structures (excluding detached garages and household greenhouses) limited to 10 m2

Commercial and Industrial

  • Clarify permitted commercial uses, e.g. financial institution, health care office, restaurant & liquor primary establishment
  • Introduce new permitted industrial uses - brewery and distillery
  • Introduce new regulations for caretaker and watchman dwelling units
  • Formalize outdoor amenity space requirements for industrial uses

Multi-Unit Residential 

  • New adaptable dwelling unit requirements
  • New garbage and recycling storage space requirements
  • New indoor and outdoor amenity space requirements

Reports and Related Documents

For more information, email zoning.review@delta.ca, or contact Laura Ryan, Lead Planner, at 604-946-3395.

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