Zoning Code

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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.

Zoning Codes

***For zoning information specific to your property, please contact the Community Development Department at 952.924.2575.

Recent zoning ordinance amendments which are not included in the above chapters are as follows:

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