The Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 44 of 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 regulate what activities are permitted in different parts of the City. For example, the 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 official zoning map. This map shows the different districts and their boundaries. Maplewood has 18 different zoning districts. This is an overview of the city's Zoning Map (PDF) Opens in New Window as of April 2015.
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 the City Council; often, zoning districts change when redevelopment occurs.
When considering modifications to the Official Zoning Map, the City Council considers the request of the applicant, the recommendations of City Staff and the Planning Commission, and the guidance found in the Comprehensive Plan.
To apply for an amendment to the Official Zoning Map, please use the Rezoning Application (PDF) Opens in New Window .
How to Request a Zoning Letter
A Zoning Letter informs a potential buyer on what can and cannot be done with a particular property based on the current zoning and property past history.
Depending on the information required, a Zoning Letter can provide information on legal land uses, zoning, zoning district performance standards, development history, and compliance. Please contact planning staff with any questions at 651-249-2300.
The City charges a $100 fee to prepare a zoning letter. City staff will research all information as accurately as possible based on or relating to the information on file with the City but the City assumes no liability for errors or omissions. All information is obtained from public records which may be inspected during regular business hours.
To request a zoning letter you may visit City Hall or mail a check in the amount of $100 and letter of request to:
City of Maplewood
1902 County Road B E
Maplewood, MN 55109