Frequently Asked Questions
How do I obtain Planning and Zoning regulations and guidelines and other documents?
The Planning Division of the Community Development Department has a series of procedures and permit applications/ guides for the many types of planning and zoning processes. They include: General Plan Amendments, Change of Zoning, Site Plan Review, Subdivision Review, Design Review, Final Landscape Review, and Sign Permit Review. These permit applications/ guides may be obtained online (click here). The Planning Division also has a series of handouts (click here) that highlight the various zoning districts and their development standards (height, setbacks, etc).
The Planning Division maintains all Planning Documents for the City of Peoria. These include the Peoria Comprehensive Master Plan, The North Peoria Area Specific Plan, Lake Pleasant Heights Area Specific Plan, the Peoria Zoning Ordinance, and The Peoria Subdivision Regulations. Many of these documents may be found online by clicking here.
For more information call the City of Peoria Planning Division at 623-773-7601.
What is the function of the Planning and Zoning Commission?
The Planning and Zoning Commission is an advisory board that makes recommendations to the City Council on planning and zoning issues. This board is comprised of eight Peoria citizens (seven regular members and one alternate) who volunteer their time. They meet the first and third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Peoria City Council Chambers located at 8401 W. Monroe Street, Peoria, AZ. For more information call the City of Peoria Planning Division at 623-773-7601.
What is the function of the Board of Adjustment?
The Board of Adjustment is an advisory board that makes quasi-judicial decisions on variances to the Peoria Zoning Ordinance. This board is comprised of six Peoria citizens (five regular members and one alternate) who volunteer their time. They meet the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Peoria City Council Chambers located at 8401 W. Monroe Street, Peoria. For more information call the City of Peoria Planning Division at 623-773-7601.
What is a Zoning District?
A Zoning District defines what types of primary and accessory uses can be developed and what types of development standards will govern that use. Development standards generally include lot size, lot width, setbacks, heights of structures and buildings, lot coverage, and screening.
What is the zoning of my property?
Zoning district designations may be found by locating your property on our zoning maps. If you call 623-773-7601 with an assessors parcel number or address, we can help you find your zoning.
How do I measure a setback?
A setback is measured from a lot (property) line to the nearest point of a building or structure using a perpendicular line to the property line. Front property lines are usually the trickiest. Remember to always measure from a lot line and not the back of the curb or sidewalk.
What are my setbacks?
To determine your single family residential setbacks, you must first determine what your zoning district is. Zoning district designations may be found by locating your property on our zoning maps. Once you have determined your zoning, you may refer to the setbacks summary. For more information, please call 623-773-7601.
Can I run a business from my home?
Some businesses can be operated out of a home if they do not increase the level of activity in a neighborhood. These businesses are referred to as home occupations. Certain criteria must be satisfied and licensing is required. A complete listing of criteria is available online (click here) or by calling the City of Peoria Planning Division at 623-773-7601.