Grand Rapids is split into zone districts. The Zoning Ordinance is the set of laws we have for these zones. We review land uses based on the location and other factors.
The common zone types are residential, commercial and industrial. The intent of zoning to keep our neighborhoods and businesses strong. Check out the Zoning Ordinance below.
The Planning Commission recently approved several Zoning Ordinance amendments regarding affordable housing. Want to take a closer look at these? Check out the Housing NOW! page.
January 2018 Staff Report
Review our staff Report for the Planning Commission on January 25, 2018. You can also Watch Video of that Planning Commission Meeting.
Draft Meeting Minutes
City Commission reviewed these recommendations at the February 20, 2018 Commission meeting and set a public hearing for March 27, 2018.
The Planning Commission recommended an amendment to allow two-familiy and multi-family residential by right within a 500' buffer from certain commercial zone districts.
Want to look up zoning or other aspects of a property? An online public mapping system is available for looking up the zoning or other aspects of a particular property.
Is there a property being used in a way that doesn't match the neighborhood?
Report a Violation
Current zoning may not always reflect the legal use of a particular property. The property may have non-conforming rights for a particular use (grandfathered). Also, in some cases, a previous variance or previous Special Land Use approval may be in effect. Determine the legal use of a particular property by submitting a property use verification form.
Verify Property Use
Interested in how we determine Zoning Fee refunds? Review our Policy.
Want to look up the zoning or other aspects of a property? Check out our interactive map.
Zoning Ordinance Abbreviations