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.

Zoning Map
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) as of April 2014. Please use the interactive zoning map for the most up-to-date information.

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 this Application (PDF).

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.

The City charges a 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 (contact planner for amount) and letter of request to:
Planning Division
City of Maplewood
1902 County Road B East
Maplewood, MN 55109