Zoning and Land Use

Webster's Dictionary defines zoning as "to arrange in or mark off into zones; specifically : to partition (a city, borough, or township) by ordinance into sections reserved for different purposes (as residence or business)". The City of Detroit has many zoning classifications which, in general, keep similar land uses together. For example, an industrial use is not permitted to locate in the middle of a residential area because the zoning for the residential area prohibits it. The zoning classifications are broken down into districts for residential, commercial, and industrial uses. There are also several special districts intended for certain areas or for certain types of development.

The Zoning Maps are now available on this site, also in  Adobe Acrobat® format.  Please note, the maps and text on this website are for informational purposes only.  You should verify zoning information with Planning Commission staff before making final decisions.  

The  zoning ordinance is available for download in Adobe Acrobat® format. If you choose to download it, please be advised that the file is quite large, and may take a considerable amount of time to download. If you are having problems downloading the Acrobat version, click your right mouse button and choose the "Save target as..." option. This will give you the option of saving the file onto your local computer.

Copies of  Chapter 61 of the Detroit City Code, the Zoning Ordinance, updated through December 5, 2005, are available at all Detroit Public Library branches for use and review.

Also available is a summary of the zoning classifications used by the City. Copies of the ordinance are available for $75.00 from the Buildings and Safety Engineering Department, which can be reached at (313) 224-3251.

Click Here for information from the Buildings and Safety Engineering Department on zoning & land use and occupancy permits