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ZONING

The City of Sacramento has a Zoning Map that divides all of the land within the City into different areas or "zones."  Zoning regulates what uses can go where and development standards determine how new development must be built. These standards refer to the height, lot coverage, parking standards, wall, tree shading or landscaping requirements or setback requirements that apply within a particular zone.  The purpose of establishing zoning designations within a community is to ensure that neighboring land uses be compatible with one another.

Some projects may require approval from the zoning administrator, including special permits or variances. (link to zoning administrator hearings).

LOOK UP ZONING DESIGNATION

You can look up property zoning information by using  the Zoning Portal. 

If you are unable to find the address or parcel, contact us or call 311.

 Zoning definitions

Zoning definitions can be found here. Some common zoning designations used within the City of Sacramento:

  • R-1: Standard Single-Family Zone: This is a low density residential zone composed of single-family, detached residences on lots a minimum of fifty-two (52) feet by one hundred (100) feet in size. A duplex or a half-plex is allowed on a corner lot subject to compliance with development standards. Residential neighborhoods are commonly zoned this way.
  • R-3: Multi-Family Zone: This is a multi-family residential zone intended for more traditional types of apartments.
  • C-2: General Commercial Zone: This is a general commercial zone which provides for the sale of commodities, or performance of services, including repair facilities, offices, small wholesale stores or distributors, and limited processing and packaging. Good examples are a small neighborhood hardware store or a corner market.
  • M-2: Heavy Industrial Zone: This zone permits the manufacture or treatment of goods from raw materials.
  • A: Agricultural Zone: This is an agricultural zone restricting the use of land primarily to agriculture and farming.

Sometimes a zoning category may have what is called an "overlay," meaning an additional designation that may further restrict the uses or development standards for construction within that zone. Examples of overlay designations are:

  • TO: Transit Overlay: Used for properties within a ¼ mile of a Light Rail Transit Station.
  • NC: Neighborhood Corridor Overlay: Used in the Central City area to encourage the development of new housing in specified general commercial (C-2) zoned corridors.

Zoning Administrator Hearings

The Zoning Administrator is a City staff member appointed by the Community Development Department's Director. The Zoning Administrator is the hearing officer for specific land use entitlements as specified in the City's code.

The Zoning Administrator's authority is found in the City's Zoning (Title 17) and Subdivision (Title 16) Ordinances, of the City Code, and gives the Zoning Administrator the authority to:

  • Approve, conditionally approve, or deny Variances, Special Permits, and Development Plan Reviews (also called "R" Reviews)
  • Approve, conditionally approve, or deny Parcel Maps

There is a 10 day appeal period after action by the Zoning Administrator. If the entitlement is not appealed, the action of the Zoning Administrator is final. If the entitlement is appealed, the entitlement is heard by the Planning Commission. There is a 10 day appeal period after action by the Planning Commission. If the entitlement is not appealed, the action of the Planning Commission is final. If the entitlement is appealed, it is heard by the City Council and their decision is final.

More information on the zoning administrator meetings can be found on the meetings page.