The Office of Business and Community Development administers zoning and land use regulations found within the City of Lexington Unified Development Ordinance, commonly referred to as the zoning ordinance. It contains the list of uses permitted within each zoning district identified on the official Zoning District Map as well as development and design standards for new construction. The Zoning District Map may also be viewed through the Online GIS Map Portal.
The ordinance requires that zoning permits be issued by the city prior to many land use activities, in order to certify that the proposal is in compliance with the regulations. Minor zoning permits are issued at the staff level for minor projects such as construction of single-family houses, most new business openings, as well as placement of new storage buildings, fences, and signs. More significant land use and development requires a major zoning permit, which is reviewed by the Planning Board and approved by City Council. The zoning ordinance provides specific information on the permit approval process. Click here for an Application for a Major Zoning Permit or for an Application for a Sign Permit. The office is also responsible for issuing permits for special events such as festivals, customer appreciation activities, and block parties. Click here to learn more about the Steps to Obtaining a Special Permit or for a Special Event Permit Form application.
Our staff is glad to assist you in the process of obtaining required permits. Please contact Josh Monk for guidance concerning zoning, construction, and/or the opening of a new business.