Zoning and Building Requirements
If you renovate often, it's useful to get to know Thompson's zoning, building, and property requirements.
Zoning is governed by Thompson's Zoning By-Law: it plans for and allows certain kinds of construction to take place in certain areas, and governs details like building location, maximum building heights, or the number of parking spaces required in the area.
If a construction project does not fall within what is permitted by the zoning requirements for your area, you can apply for a zoning variance. Variation applications take time, as they are reviewed both in committee and before council, and require a public hearing. Being granted a variance is not guaranteed.
If you think your project may require a variation, it's important to start the permitting process early.
Property Standards are governed by our Building Safety and Property Standards By-Law and ensure local properties are safe, structurally sound, and aesthetically pleasing. That includes a basic standard of upkeep for all properties (occupied or not), the proper storage of waste and materials, and more.