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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Planning Project

Land Use Request - Zoning Change

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All land within the city is regulated by the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). The CZO includes a text with sets of zoning districts and a map that assigns each property in the city to one of the districts. Each zoning district includes a set of permitted land uses and provides height, setback, and other standards governing the way in which buildings may be built on a lot within the district. Zoning map changes are often requested in order to allow for the establishment of a land use that is not permitted in the zoning district in which a property is located.

Requests for zoning map changes may be initiated by any property owner in the city or by the City Council. The City Planning Commission holds a public hearing on all map change requests and makes a recommendation to the City Council. The City Council then makes a final decision on each map change request, following a public hearing.


  • Lots 0-4,999 square feet: $1,000.00 
  • Lots 5,000-24,999 square feet: $2,000.00 
  • Lots 25,000-74,999 square feet: $3,000.00 
  • Lots greater than or equal to 75,000: $4,000.00

Required documents/steps

  • File a completed application with the City Planning Commission (CPC)
  • After submission of a full and complete application that is accepted by the City Planning staff, the applicant will be given a zoning docket number
  • Notice of the request will be published in the journal of record and notices will be mailed to adjoining property owners
  • The case will be heard at the first available CPC meeting after the receipt of a complete application. The meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of every month (except November and December) at 1:30 p.m., in the City Council Chamber (unless otherwise posted)
  • During the public meeting, the Commission will either recommend approval, modified approval or denial to a zoning request
  • If the decision is for approval, CPC will guide the applicant through the next steps of the process

Issuing agency

City Planning Commission

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Last updated: 12/22/2016 10:47:51 AM

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