Apply for a Text Amendment

Are you looking to request an amendment to zoning text? You're in the right place.

Paper Form

Check the requirements

When your make your request, keep in mind that the Planning Commission will consider whether the proposed Text Amendment:

  • Is consistent with the Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance
  • Will enhance the functionality or character of future development
  • Will address physical or economic conditions or development practices in the community
  • Will enhance the natural features or environmental integrity of the City
  • Will promote the health, safety and general welfare of the public

Gather the following documents

You'll need the following documents:

  • The subject and section(s) of Zoning Ordinance proposed for amendment
  • Response to Text Amendment Review Standards. Complete pages 3-4 of the ZO-Text Application. Use additional paper if needed
  • Proposed language. Specific language that you're proposing to be added, amended, or deleted from the Grand Rapids Zoning Ordinance
  • The need for the Text Amendment. Written description of the reasons the proposed text amendment is needed. Include all pertinent information

Prepare your payment 

The application fee is currently $2,864 (July 1, 2018). Make your check payable to the City of Grand Rapids.

Complete your Text Amendment application

Download Application in English

Submit your application

Mail, email or drop off your application and documents to us using the information in the Contact Us section of this page.

We'll review your application

We'll contact you if we need more information as we review your application.

Online

We don’t accept online applications for this service.

You can complete the paper application. Click the Paper Form tab of this page for instructions and to download the form. Call or visit our office if you need help applying. You can find our number and address in the Contact Us section of this page. We’re happy to help you fill out an application.

Phone

Call us for instructions to apply.

You can find our number in the Contact Us section of this page. We’ll get you all the information you need to complete your application. We don’t offer applications over the phone, but we’ll make sure you have everything you need to get your application submitted.

In Person

Check the requirements

When your make your request, keep in mind that the Planning Commission will consider whether the proposed Text Amendment:

  • Is consistent with the Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance
  • Will enhance the functionality or character of future development
  • Will address physical or economic conditions or development practices in the community
  • Will enhance the natural features or environmental integrity of the City
  • Will promote the health, safety and general welfare of the public

Gather the following documents

You'll need the following documents:

  • The subject and section(s) of Zoning Ordinance proposed for amendment
  • Response to Text Amendment Review Standards. Complete pages 3-4 of the ZO-Text Application. Use additional paper if needed
  • Proposed language. Specific language that you're proposing to be added, amended, or deleted from the Grand Rapids Zoning Ordinance
  • The need for the Text Amendment. Written description of the reasons the proposed text amendment is needed. Include all pertinent information

Prepare your payment 

The application fee is $2,743. Make your check payable to the City of Grand Rapids.

Visit our office

Visit us at the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page. We'll provide you with an application and help you complete it. Below is the form if you'd like to print it before you come in.

Download Application in English

We'll review your application

We'll contact you if we need more information as we review your application.