Urban design manual

The Urban Design Manual is a consolidated set of standards, guidelines and reference material that implements design objectives contained in the city's official plan.

Developers and city staff use the manual in the review of specific types of development applications, including official plan amendments, zoning by-law amendments and site plan applications.


Urban design is an evolving discipline focused on the design and analysis of the city and its related built form and spaces. Good urban design is about creative city building and the art of creating great places for people. 

In some cases there are site or area specific urban design guidelines. Please reach out to our Planning Division for more information. 

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Digital version

The full Urban Design Manual is broken down into five sections:

Print copy

You can purchase the full document from the IPPW counter on the second floor of city hall. It's $90.00 for a colour copy and $45.00 for black and white. We accept cash, cheque and debit. Note - effective September 1, 2019 the fees will increase to $92.00 for a colour copy and $46.00 for a black and white copy.