The Town of Carbonear, located on the Avalon Peninsula, is midway along the eastern shore of the Bay de Verde Peninsula. Carbonear is developing as the regional centre for commercial and social services and is a centre for the Bay de Verde Peninsula, serving a regional population.

Carbonear has two distinct retail and shopping areas. The Waterfront Heritage District, with its own distinct history,  is similar to the “Main Street” of many communities, with its shops, stores, and other services. In many places only the frontages of buildings are commercially developed –
apartments or other residential arrangements are often located above or to the rear of the commercial activities. A small shopping centre is located at the west end of the street.

The second major commercial area is the West End Commercial District.  This district features the Trinity-Conception Square Mall and the surrounding land located on the Conception Bay Highway.  The area has many retail outlets and fast food franchises.  A number of other commercial establishments, including automotive, strip malls, lounge, motel and restaurant, and other retail outlets have found it advantageous
to similarly locate along the highway..

Carbonear Municipal Plan with Amendments

Carbonear Planning Map2-04

Carbonear Downtown Revitalization Final Report


Carbonear 2004 Dev Reg + Amds wpd

Carbonear 2004 Municipal Plan + Amds

Carbonear 2004 Schedule A

Carbonear 2004 Schedule B + Amds

Carbonear 2004 Schedule C + Amendments

Carbonear 2004 Schedule D

CAR-Zone-Map 1-2004 2000

CAR-Zone-Map 2-2004 2000

Minister’s 2001 Development Regulations

Residential Development:

The Town of Carbonear’s objectives are:

  • To promote a safe and serviced residential environment by controlling the classes of land use and characteristics of development permitted within residential areas.
  • To designate land for residential use and promote its further development in a manner designed to make efficient use of municipal services.
  • To ensure that residential development takes place in a manner that does not prejudice access to and appropriate development of neighbouring land.The Town of Carbonear currently has three residential land use zones:
    Residential Medium Density
    Residential Low Density
    Residential RuralIMPORTANT – You are advised to ensure that development approval is obtained prior to purchasing property.
    The following pdf link is designed to provide you with basic information required for constructing a residential dwelling.
    Residential Development Process 2018