What is a Zoning Certificate? 

Zoning Certificates serve as a record of the initial establishment of a use, or the construction of a structure, which is allowed as a matter of right. A Zoning Certificate is generally issued at the Permit Services Center counter by Land Use Planning (Zoning) staff.  

When is a Zoning Certificate required?

Projects that do not require an Administrative Use Permit or Use Permit in the Zoning Ordinance require Zoning Certificates, which are issued prior to approval of business licenses or building permits.  The Zoning Ordinance specifies which projects require a Zoning Certificate, including, but not limited to, the following:

How does staff decide whether to approve a Zoning Certificate? 

To approve an Zoning Certificate, staff must find that the project is allowed “by-right” in the Zoning Ordinance. 


How do I apply for a Zoning Certificate? 

Applications must be filed in person at the Permit Service Center .  Building permit and business license applications will be sent to the Zoning Counter for initial review to determine whether a Zoning Certificate can be issued, or whether additional zoning review is required. 


How long does it take? 

Zoning Certificates can generally be approved over-the-counter.