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.

Getting to the Finish Line

How to Obtain Site Plan Review

Step 1. Check if your project requires Site Plan Review in Section 50-3-113 of the Zoning Ordinance

Step 2. Apply online for Site Plan Review. Complete the application and pay associated fees. Site Plan Review fee is $160. 

  • Selecting the PLANNING tab
  • Select the record type Hearings
  • Select Special Land Use

Step 3. The Zoning Division will review your application & send your project to ProjectDox to review plans. Check your email for this confirmation.

Step 4. Upload required documents & plans to ProjectDox.
This may include: site plan & location map, floor plans, proof of ownership or legal interest in property, and other applicable materials 

For the full list of what is required for Site Plan Review see Site Plan Review Checklist
Apply here for Site Plan Review!

How to Schedule Special Land Use Hearings

Special Land Use Hearings are required for uses that are "conditional" in the specific zoning district. When you apply for your Special Land Use hearing it will include the required Site Plan Review. 
Apply here for Special Land Use hearing!

Step 1. Login to your Elaps (Accela) account. Create an account if needed. Watch this video if you need assistance creating your account.
Step 2. Select "Planning" at the top of the screen
Step 3. Select "Create an application" at the top of the screen
Step 4. Check "I have read and accepted the above terms" then select Continue application
Step 5. 
Complete application & put in fee of $1,160
Step 6. Pay SLU fee
You will receive an email within 48 - 72 hours to create an Eplans (ProjectDox) account to upload your site, floor, and elevation plans and other required documents.

Unsure if your project is conditional? Check out our Zoning Portal to identify your use type & zoning district
You can also check the Zoning Ordinance

How to Obtain Zoning Verification Letters

The Division conducts historical research for the purpose of zoning verification. The letters will identify:

  • zoning district(s)
  • legal uses
  • permissions for a specific use at specific parcel(s)

There is a fee of $80 per letter.

Apply here for your Zoning Verification Letter!

Special Land Use Hearings

BSEED Zoning Division will be holding Special Land Use Hearings:


   9:00 AM

   Case: SLU2022-00055
   Address:  444 Peterboro St. (a/k/a 444 & 458 Peterboro) (PIN: 02000706-7)
   Proposed Use: 
   Construct a four story, 32-room Hotel on existing vacant land in an SD2 (Special Development - Commercial/Residential) Zoning District. 



  Meeting ID: 895 1710 6887

  Dial- In Number: 1-267-831-0333

  JULY 13

    9:00 AM

     Case: SLU2022-00119   SPR2022-00009 

     Address: 5800 Michigan Ave. and 3951 & 3957 Campbell St.    (PIN: 16001706-8,   16014694., & 16014695.)        
     Proposed Use:
     Construct a four-story, 54,892 square foot building on existing vacant land containing 40 Multiple-Family Dwelling units combined with 3,560 square feet of ground floor office space in a B4 (General Business) Zoning District. 

    9:30 AM

    Case: SLU2022-00067
    Address: 2442 Riopelle St. (PIN: 07001964.)
    Proposed Use:
    Establish the use of High-Impact Manufacturing or Processing to permit a meat processing facility in an existing two-story, 14,196 square foot building in an M3 (General Industrial) Zoning District. 

     10:00 AM

    Case: SLU2022-00023  SPR2022-00007
    Address: 411 Piquette St. (PIN: 01001800.003)
    Proposed Use:
    Renovate an existing 110,000 square foot building to establish 162 residential Loft units in an M4 (Intensive Industrial) Zoning District. 



   Meeting ID: 895 1710 6887

   Dial- In Number: 1-267-831-0333

  JUNE 14 - Marijuana Hearings

    9:00 AM

   Case: SLU2022-00047
   Address: 20222 Conner Ave. (PIN: 17005740.002)   
   Proposed Use:
    Establish a 9,352 square foot Marijuana Grower Facility in an existing 9,480 square foot building in an M4 (Intensive Industrial) Zoning District.

  9:30 AM

  Case: SLU2022-00036 
  Address: 8900 Alpine St. (PIN: 16025092.)
  Proposed Use:
  Establish a 4,826 square foot Marijuana Grower Facility and an 836 square foot Marijuana Processor Facility in an existing 5,662 square foot building in an M4 (Intensive Industrial) Zoning District.



  Meeting ID: 864 5475 4457

  Dial-In Number: 1-267-831-0333