The City of St. Louis Park's zoning ordinance, chapter 36 of the city code, establishes regulations and minimum requirements controlling the location, construction, alteration and use of structures and land within the city.
The ordinance creates use districts, which regulates what activities are permitted in different parts of the city. For example, City Council may determine that a heavy industrial zone is not appropriate in a certain location because of its proximity to sensitive environmental features or residential districts. Zoning also creates minimum and maximum standards for yard area (setbacks), architectural materials, height and parking. The purpose of the ordinance is the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the community.
Associated with the zoning ordinance is the city's official zoning map. This map shows the different districts and their boundaries. St. Louis Park has 11 zoning districts. The zoning district associated with a property can be found on the map; the standards for each district are located in the zoning ordinance.
The zoning district of a property may be modified by City Council; often, zoning districts change when redevelopment occurs. When considering modifications to the official zoning map, City Council considers the request of the applicant, recommendations of city staff and the Planning Commission, and guidance found in the city's Comprehensive Plan.
- Chapter 36 Table of Contents
- Article I--In General: Purpose, rules, definitions
- Article II--Administrative and Enforcement: Registration of land use, application process, public hearings
- Article III--General Provisions
- Article IV Zoning Districts
- Div 1 Generally
- Div 2 Land Use Descriptions and Characteristics (updated 6-14)
- Div 3 Parks and Open Space Zoning District
- Div 4 Residential District Regulations
- Div 5 Commercial District Regulations
- Div 6 Office District Regulations
- Div 7 Business Park District Regulations
- Div 8 Industrial District Regulations
- Div 9 M-X Mixed Use District
- Div 10 Planned Unit Development District
- Div 11 Floodplain Districts
- Div 12 Travel Demand Management District
- Article V--Special Provisions: Parking, Sign Regulations, Lighting, Landscaping, Architectural Design
- Article VI--Nonconformities
Recent zoning ordinance amendments which are not included in the above chapters are as follows:
- 2492-16: Definitions, Business Park, Industrial Park
- 2497-16: Healthcare Dwelling Opt Out
- 2498-16: Yard Encroachments, Sign Standards
- 2512-16: Fences
- 2514-17: Dwellings at Religious Institutions
For zoning information specific to your property, please contact:
Community Development Department