What's the Difference between a Zoning Permit and a Building Permit?

Most development is regulated under two different codes: the Zoning Code and the Building Code.  Receiving a Zoning Permit is generally the first step in the development process, followed by applying for and receiving a Building Permit.  For some projects, zoning clearance is given as part of the review of an application for a Building Permit; in other instances, a separate Zoning Permit is required prior to application for a Building Permit.

In addition to these codes, subdivision of land is regulated under the Subdivision Ordinance, and other codes may apply to particular types of projects, including the Fire Code.