The Zoning Division reviews all incoming projects to ensure compliance with the City of Detroit Zoning Ordinance. This is actually the first step of the permit process. The Zoning Counter staff provides the most accurate information regarding zoning questions related to your project or activity.
It also conducts public hearings for conditional land uses, issues zoning grants, and assists the enforcement of them.

The Zoning Ordinance is adopted by the City of Detroit for the following purposes:
  • • To promote and protect the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the community;
  • • To classify all buildings, structures and land in such manner as to reflect its peculiar suitability for particular uses;
  • • To regulate the location, construction, reconstruction, alteration, and use of buildings, structures, and land;
  • • To insure adequate light, air, privacy, and convenience of access to property;
  • • To maintain property values;
  • • To set reasonable standards to which buildings, structures, and uses shall conform;
  • • To require off-street parking of motor vehicles and appropriate loading and unloading of commercial vehicles;
  • • To define the powers and duties of the administrative officers and bodies;
  • • To provide penalties for violations of this Ordinance; and,
  • • To provide for a Board of Zoning Appeals.


2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 407
Detroit, MI 48226

Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
             Monday - Friday

Manager: Tonja Stapleton
Phone: 313-224-1317
Fax: 313-628-2909


Requirements for Salvage Yards, Junkyards and Used Auto Parts Sales .pdf


BSEED Zoning staff are meeting regularly with members of the storm water management taskforce to support the group's goals: reduce storm water fees and operating costs for businesses, reduce the load on DWSD storm water treatment facilities and to encourage environmentally sustainable construction methods in Detroit. For more information contact - 4/8/2014

Upcoming Public Hearings

January 22, 2015 .pdf
January 29, 2015 .pdf