HOW DO I FIND MY ZONING?
Obtaining zoning information can be challenging. Not only are the zoning rules completely different in each jurisdiction, but how to find the information is also completely different.
It’s helpful to have a guide to make sure you are getting up-to-date, authoritative, and complete zoning information. That is what we are providing here.
Essentially, there are 3 ways to find the zoning information you need to start any design, construction, or land valuation work.
Hire a local professional (i.e., architect, contractor, land-use attorney)
Do it yourself
There are valid reasons to do any of the above. Depending on how you value your time, your pre-existing familiarity with the codes, and other factors, one or another method may be best for any given set of circumstances.
In developing UrbanForm for each city, we've spent a lot of time making sure we get the best, most authoritative, and most up-to-date information possible. We've done the research and partnered with architects and developers in each jurisdiction to make sure that our results are meaningful and useful. And then we've automated that process, using software to eliminate the searching, reading, drafting, calculating, and rote work typically required.
By doing so, we've made this process nearly instantaneous and extremely low-cost. This is to serve UrbanForm's customers, for whom timely, efficient, accurate, and verifiable zoning information is the backbone of their professional work.
But there are many for whom doing it themselves may be their best option.
We've already documented the best sources and methods for obtaining the zoning information, so we can share it here for those interested.
This guide is for those who wish to figure out how best to get the zoning information they need in the cities for which UrbanForm is available.
How do I find my zoning?
I want to do it myself. Show me a guide.
for Portland, OR
for Seattle, WA
for San Diego, CA (coming soon)
for Austin, TX (coming soon)