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Zoning Bylaw

Development within City of Dawson must be carried out in accordance with the Zoning Bylaw (see below for bylaw). The Zoning Bylaw provides for orderly, efficient, economic, and environmentally and socially responsible development in the City of Dawson by

  • implementing the goals and objectives of the Official Community Plan (OCP)
  • establishing land use zones and associated regulations to control the use, location, type, and level of development allowed to occur on a parcel of land within the City of Dawson
  • setting out rules and procedures, information requirements, and processes to regulate land use and development within the City of Dawson
  • maintaining and enhancing the unique character and history of Dawson City

A development permit is required for most development within the City of Dawson. There are exceptions when a development permit is not required.

For more information, or to submit an application for a text or re-zoning please contact

Community Development & Planning Services 
Community Development & Planning Officer
Phone: 867-993-7400 Ext. 414

Planning and Development Assistant
Phone: 867-993-7400 Ext. 438

Amending the Zoning Bylaw

Text Amendments

  • An owner of a parcel in the City, or an authorized agent of an owner, may apply to have the zoning designation of the land amended to another zoning designation.
  • An application for a re-zoning can be made by submitting a completed Zoning Bylaw Amendment Applicationand be accompanied by the following:
    1. documentation of ownership;
    2. a written statement to describe and justify the proposal; 
    3. a map showing the proposed change in the context of adjacent land; 
    4. the necessary processing and advertising fees as set out in the Fees and Charges Bylaw
    5. permission for right of entry onto the land by City staff for reasonable inspection; and 
    6. any additional information a development officer may require in order to prepare, evaluate, and make recommendations on the proposed amendment.
  • A development officer may request the applicant provide an analysis by a qualified professional of the potential impact on land use, traffic, utilities, and other City services and facilities if the amendment proposes an increase in density or other intensification of use.
  • An application may not be considered to have been received until all requirements of section 4.0 of the Zoning Bylaw have been submitted to the satisfaction of a development officer.
    1. Notwithstanding these requirements, the application may be considered if, in the opinion of a development officer, it is of such a nature as to enable a decision to be made without some of the required information.
  • If it appears that the proposed amendment is one that is applicable to most of the persons affected in the area and/or will benefit the City at large, Council may direct that the application fee be returned to the applicant.

Before a second reading of a bylaw proposing amendments to the Zoning Bylaw is heard, Council will hold a public hearing to hear and consider all submissions respecting the proposed amendments.

A public notice about the Public Hearing will be circulated and advertised on the Public Notice page of the City of Dawson website. 

  • Upon receipt of a completed application, a development officer shall initiate or undertake an investigation and analysis of the potential impacts of development under the proposed zone. The analysis shall be based on the full development potential of the uses and development regulations specified in the proposed zone and not on the merits of any particular development proposal.
  • The analysis shall, among other factors, consider the following criteria:
    1. relationship to, and compliance with, the OCP and other approved municipal plans and Council policy 
    2. relationship to, and compliance with, municipal plans in preparation 
    3. compatibility with surrounding development in terms of land use function and scale of development
    4. traffic impacts 
    5. relationship to, or impacts on, services (such as water and sewage systems or public transit), utilities, and public facilities (such as recreational facilities and schools) 
    6. relationship to municipal land, rights of way, or easement requirements 
    7. effect on the stability, retention, and rehabilitation of desirable existing uses, buildings, or both in the area 
    8. necessity and appropriateness of the proposed text amendment or re-zoning according to the stated intentions of the applicant 
    9. analysis of any documented concerns and opinions of area residents and land owners regarding the application
  • Subsequently, the development officer shall 
    1. prepare a report on the proposed amendment; and 
    2. submit a copy of the application and the development officer’s recommendation and report to Council.
  • Before approving a text amendment or re-zoning, Council shall comply with the requirements and notification procedures set out in the Municipal Act.