The Zoning Code is one of the most important tools the City can use to promote orderly development. All property within the City is governed by the zoning code and placed within a zoning district. Examples of zoning districts are agriculture, single-family residential, and business. These zoning designations regulate what types of uses are permitted and how structures can be built within the district. The zoning code has requirements such as building height, minimum lot area, setback lines, off-street parking, and other related considerations.
Before constructing, changing the use of a building, or other improvements, property owners need to be sure the plan is in compliance with the zoning requirements. Residential property owners will need to consult the zoning requirements when making improvements to their property such as adding a deck, additional room, or expanding a garage. Business property owners will need to verify with the zoning code when changing businesses, substantial renovation, or making other improvements to the property. Unfortunately, changes cannot be approved if the initial proposal does not meet the requirements of the zoning ordinance or other regulations. However, the property owner does have the option of applying for a variance, special use permit, or rezoning. Department staff can be contacted to identify the particular zoning of the property and discuss the different processes by calling (618) 251-3100.
Specific information about zoning requirements is available on the Zoning Code page.