What is a zoning verification letter, and how do I obtain one?

A Zoning Verification Letter describes information about a specific parcel, such as:

    Zoning district

    Overlay zones

    Current legal land use

    Permissions regarding proposed use

This can be especially helpful when purchasing land or if seeking investors into your project, so they know this use is allowed on a site. 

You may apply for a zoning verification letter online: Application for a Planning, Zoning, or Engineering Process. There is a fee of $25 per letter. Once paid, please allow 7-10 business days to process your request. 

Please note, if your request includes copies of records or documents, you must also submit a FOIA request through the City Clerk’s office


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