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