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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!


Marijuana Application For Special Land Use Hearing 

Click on link below:

Marijuana Application for Special Land Use Hearing (smartsheet.com)

Special Land Use Hearings

BSEED Zoning Division will be holding Special Land Use Hearings:     

   April 17

     9:00 AM

      Case: SLU2023-00240

      Address: 7214 W. Vernor Hwy. (PIN: 18001417.)

      Proposed Use:

      Establish a Used Goods Dealer in an existing 3,081 square foot building in a B4TMSO (General Business within a Traditional Main Street Overlay) Zoning District.


     Meeting ID: 895 1710 6887 

      Dial- In Number: 1-267-831-0333


     9:30 AM

     Case: SLU2023-00136

     Address: 579 Monroe St.  (PIN: 03000202.)

     Proposed Use:

     Intensify an existing Retail store with SDD/SDM licenses by adding a Restaurant, carry-out and fast-food in the rear of an existing 2,376 square foot establishment in a B5 (Major Business) Zoning District. 


     Meeting ID: 895 1710 6887 

      Dial- In Number: 1-267-831-0333


    10:00 AM

     Case: SLU2023-00210

     Address: 12640 Southfield Ser. Dr. (a/k/a 17016 Fullerton Ave.)  (PIN: 22073148.003L)

     Proposed Use:

     Construct a 5,480 square foot addition to an existing 4,182 square foot building to establish a Light-Duty Vehicle Service Establishment in an M3 (General Industrial) Zoning District. 


     Meeting ID: 895 1710 6887 

      Dial- In Number: 1-267-831-0333


   March 14

     9:00 AM

      Case: SLU2024-00034

      Address: 8100 Joy Rd. (PIN: 18014145.001)

      Proposed Use:

      Modify SLU2021-00074 to expand a Marijuana Processor Facility from 4,366 square feet to 10,288 square feet in Suite B of an existing 46,671 square foot building which has an existing Marijuana Grow and Secure Transporter Facility in an M4 (Intensive Industrial) Zoning District.


     Meeting ID: 864 5475 4457 

      Dial- In Number: 1-267-831-0333