May 09, 2017
Over the past few months, our commercial zoning review process has changed quite a bit.
As a result, fewer customers need to see our commercial zoning staff in person at the permit counter. We are shifting these important, skilled plan reviewers away from the counter, so they can spend more time reviewing submitted applications and issuing permits. This will also free up more staff time for responding to records requests and answering customers' questions via phone and email.
Starting Monday, June 5, the commercial zoning counter's new hours will be 8 am to noon, Monday through Friday. Check-in opens at 8 am each day and closes at 11:30 am. Like all of our permit counter services, check-in will close early if all available time slots for that day are taken, and check-in always closes 30 minutes before the counter closes.
As always, we accept emailed zoning application packages to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time of day.
If our commercial zoning webpage looks different to you, it is!
As a complement to the residential permitting guides we released in 2016, there are now updated application forms and guides for commercial zoning permits as well. The new applications better reflect the information we need to complete a zoning review, and each application is accompanied by details on how to apply.
We created Project Guides for our most common zoning permit types - Use Permits, Construction Permits, and Temporary Use Permits - and for special situations like marijuana businesses, special event parking, home occupations, zone lot amendments, and more.
We've also created sample plans that illustrate all of the elements of a good zoning plan set, and have listed these elements on the sample plans as well as within each of the project guides.
Easily access all of this information (commercial zoning forms, guides, and sample plans) online.