Zoning Bylaws for Businesses


What Is A Zoning Bylaw?



Zoning bylaws are authorized under the Local Government Act (Division 7) to enable municipalities to regulate land use and implement the objectives of an Official Community Plan.
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As a regulatory tool, zoning bylaws specify permitted uses for different areas of the community and assign specific regulations to these areas to guide development. For example, zoning bylaws include regulations with regard to density as well as the site locations and sizes of buildings.

Property owners seeking to develop or redevelop their property should consult the City of West Kelowna Zoning Bylaw to determine the permitted regulations for the zone that applies to their lot(s) or contact the Planning Department at 778-797-8830.

​Zoning For Your Business

When deciding where you’d like to locate your business, you need to be aware of the property zoning. Whether you’re looking to start from scratch and build a new building, or renovate an existing one, you’ll need to check the zoning of the property to make sure that your proposed business is a permitted use on that property. It is important that your business is permitted to operate within the property’s zoning. Other development aspects outlined in the zoning, such as maximum gross floor area, lot coverage of structures, and parking, are also important if you’re hoping to build a new building. Some of the more common zoning classifications for business owners are:

  • Commercial Zones: C1 (Urban Centre Commercial Zone), C2 (Neighbourhood Commercial Zone), C3 (Gasoline Service Station Commercial Zone), C4 (Service Commercial Zone), C5 (Campground, Cabin and Motel Commercial Zone), C6 (Tourist and Resort Commercial Zone)
  • Industrial Zones: I1 (Light Industrial Zone), I2 (Heavy Industrial Zone), I3 (Timber Processing and Manufacturing Zone), I4 (Gravel Extraction Zone), I5 (Gravel Extraction with Asphalt Plat Zone), I6 (Rural Industrial Zone)
  • Parks and Institutional Zones: P1 ( Parks and Open Space Zone), P2 (Institutional and Assembly Zone)
Go to the Zoning Bylaws page to review the complete list of zoning bylaws.

​Works and Services Bylaw


A Works and Services Bylaw (also sometimes referred to as the Subdivision and Development Services Bylaw) is authorized under Section 938 of the Local Government Act.

The bylaw enables a municipality to regulate land use and require works and services as part of subdivision and development of land.

The City of West Kelowna uses the bylaw as the benchmark to process and respond to subdivision and development applications. Having one updated bylaw ensures consistency in processing applications and responding to issues that may arise concerning subdivisions and development servicing.

The Works and Services Bylaw incorporates the guidelines of Zoning Bylaw 0154 and the recommendations of the Official Community Plan and the City of West Kelowna's master plans covering agriculture, drainage, parks and recreation, transportation, sewers, water, waterfront and the city centre.




As a regulatory tool, zoning bylaws specify permitted uses for different areas of the community and assign specific regulations to these areas to guide development. For example, zoning bylaws include regulations with regard to density as well as the site locations and sizes of buildings.

Property owners seeking to develop or redevelop their property should consult the District of West Kelowna Zoning Bylaw to determine the permitted regulations for the zone that applies to their lot(s) or contact the Planning Department at 778-797-8830.
As a regulatory tool, zoning bylaws specify permitted uses for different areas of the community and assign specific regulations to these areas to guide development. For example, zoning bylaws include regulations with regard to density as well as the site locations and sizes of buildings.

Property owners seeking to develop or redevelop their property should consult the District of West Kelowna Zoning Bylaw to determine the permitted regulations for the zone that applies to their lot(s) or contact the Planning Department at 778-797-8830.