Zoning / Special Land Use

The Zoning Division conducts plan reviews and public hearings for Conditional Land Uses per the City of Detroit Zoning Ordinance.  Conditional Land Uses may be subject to developmental conditions resultant of the plan review process.  The Zoning Division also conducts historical research for the purpose of zoning verification.  


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 a 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 ensure 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