Land Based Projects

A Path to Purchase, Permit and Design

The City of Detroit is currently working to improve the process for purchasing and permitting land based projects. A land based project uses land for urban agriculture, gardening, beautification and other productive uses, whether for profit or as a community based activity.

As part of this 2019 planning effort, the City sought input from land based project leaders and neighbors. The changes that result from this work will simplify this process moving forwards and help ensure land based projects are good neighbors in all Detroit neighborhoods. Learn more about this recent planning effort.

The City Heard from You!

We gathered input to help prioritize improvements to the land purchase to permit process and Good Neighbor Guidelines for land Based Projects.

View the results of the survey for Land Based Project Leaders and Neighbors



Land Based Projects Guiding Packets

The process overhaul is underway and will launch in 2020. When released, guiding packets will help you navigate the Land Based Project process; information detailed includes the who’s, what’s, when’s, where’s and why’s about zoning, owning, and maintaining your land.

Download a guide that helps you start a land based project, featuring design and maintenance tips

Related Links

A revised application process will launch in 2020, with updated Land and BuildingPermit forms, Property Intake forms, and Land and Building Purchase forms.

Identify publicly owned land that is for sale on the Detroit parcel viewer. Please note that planning a project that is already allowed by zoning (by right) is the easiest, cheapest, and fastest way to get a permit for your project. Map tips! Start with “zoning” and “public assets” and explore more later.

Locate impervious surface areas using the DWSD drainage viewer.

Check to make sure you are up to date on all payments to the city, including on taxesblight tickets, and water bills.

A step-by-step guide to vacate an alley is also in the process of being made.

Read directly from Detroit’s zoning ordinances or read about about specific concerns


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