Residential zoning: Learn the size, location, and dimensions of buildings permitted on any lot

Residential zoning helps define the total size of buildings you can put on your lot, as well as their dimensions, and where you can position them on the lot. 

You can get a general idea of what's permitted by checking which residential zone your property is in, and then referring to the related zoning bylaw information.

How to use this page

To find out what's allowed on a property:

  1. Find the property on the map, either by typing its address in the map's search bar, or zooming in on its location
  2. From the list of property information you'll see when you search, note the size (area) of the lot and its designated residential zoning
  3. Scroll down to the table below the map to look up how much you can build on the lot

Setbacks, heights, building size by residential zone

Zone Lot area Total size of buildings allowed on your lot To a maximum of 
(sq ft)
Complete zoning requirements
(setbacks, height, etc)
RS 1 < 5000 sq ft Lot area x .45  No maximum Download requirements
  > 5000 sq ft Lot area x .35 + 350 sq ft No maximum Download requirements
RS 2 < 5000 sq ft Lot area x .45  5,813  Download requirements
  > 5000 sq ft Lot area x .35 + 350 sq ft 5,813 Download requirements
RS 3 < 5000 sq ft Lot area x .45  4,359 Download requirements
  > 5000 sq ft Lot area x .35 + 350 sq ft 4,359 Download requirements
RS 4 < 5000 sq ft Lot area x .45  3,013  Download requirements
  > 5000 sq ft Lot area x .35 + 350 sq ft 3,013  Download requirements
RS 5 < 5000 sq ft Lot area x .45  2,045  Download requirements
  > 5000 sq ft Lot area x .35 + 350 sq ft 2,045  Download requirements
RSMF
(Murdo Frazer)
< 5000 sq ft Lot area x .45 3,013  Download requirements
  > 5000 sq ft Lot area x .35 + 350 sq ft  3,013  Download requirements
RSN
(Norgate)
All lots Lot area x .40 3,000  Download requirements
RSCH
(Canyon Heights)
All lots Lot area x .35 + 350 sq ft  4,359  Download requirements
RSD
(Delbrook)
All lots Lot area x .43  5,005  Download requirements
RSEW
(Edgemont West)
All lots Lot area x .35 + 350 sq ft 4,359 Download requirements
RSH
(Highlands)
All lots Lot area x .40  4,359 Download requirements
RSKL
(Keith Lynn)
< 5000 sq ft Lot area x .45 3,013 Download requirements
  > 5000 sq ft Lot area x .35 plus 350 sq ft 3,013 Download requirements
RSMH
(Marlborough Heights)
All lots Lot areas x .35 plus 1,000 sq ft  5,005 Download requirements
RSK
(Kilmer)
All lots Lot area x. 55 3,014 Download requirements
RSSG 
(Sunset Gardens)
All lots Lot area x .35 + 350 sq ft 4,359 Download requirements
RSE
(Edgemont)
All lots Lot area x .35 + 350 sq ft  3,500 Download requirements
RSNQ
(Norwood Queens)
< 5000 sq ft Lot area x .45 4,359 Download requirements
  > 5000 sq ft Lot area x .35 + 350 sq ft  4,359 Download requirements
RSPH
(Pemberton Heights)
< or = 5000 sq ft Lot area x .45   Download requirements
  5,001-11,999 sq ft Lot area x .35 + 350 sq ft 3,103 Download requirements
  >11,999 Lot area x .35 + 350 sq ft  5,813 Download requirements
RSQ
(Queensdale)
All lots The greater of 2,200 sq ft or lot area x .45 5,940 Download requirements

This information is intended as a general guideline. There are a number of other factors that could affect what you can do with your property. Be sure you check with the Building Department for exact requirements before you start planning your project.