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Due to the high level of applications currently, it can take up to 4 – 6 additional weeks to process your application. MAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. Please submit your application through our online portal (view instructions). Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Important Update: Special Exceptions Process and City Council Action
The City Council is considering a proposal from the Planning Division to eliminate the Special Exception process from the zoning code. The Council has scheduled a public hearing for August 17, 2021 and a tentative decision date of August 24, 2021. Information will be posted prior to the public hearing date and tentative decision date:

Information from the City Council work session briefing, including link to documents and information about the proposal, can be found in the City Council Portal.

If adopted, special exception applications will no longer be accepted. The authorized special exceptions will be allowed through a different process, be changed to permitted with some qualifying provisions, or the exception will no longer be allowed.

Typical Processing Timeframes

Typical Processing Timeframes vary depending on the type of application and complexity of the project. Incomplete or missing information on drawings and application forms will delay processing.

Applicants are advised to submit detailed site plans, diagrams, photographs, and written narratives that explain their projects.

Look Up the Status of an Application

Application details can be accessed at the Citizen Access Portal, by selecting the planning tab, and entering the petition number. 

Online Application Submissions

MAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. All applications can be submitted online through Citizen Access Portal

Appeal Applications 

  • Appeal Admin Decision
  • Appeal Commission Decision

Historic Landmark Commission

  • Conservation District
  • Demolition – Contributing
  • Demolition – Non Contributing
  • Designation
  • Economic Hardship
  • Major Alteration
  • Minor Alteration
  • New Construction
  • Relocation
  • Special Exception

Planning Commission

  • Alley Vacation
  • Annexation
  • Conditional Use
  • Design Review
  • Master Plan Amendment
  • Planned Development
  • Special Exception
  • Street Closure
  • Transit Station Development
  • Zoning Amendment

Subdivision and Condominium

  • Consolidation
  • Final Plat Approval
  • Lot Line Adjustment
  • Preliminary Subdivision

Zoning Administrator

  • Administrative Interpretation
  • Determination of a Non-Conforming Use
  • Variance 
  • Zoning Verification Letter

Follow our step-by-step guide to learn how to submit your application online. 

For assistance in submitting one of these applications, please email for a faster response than phone

Site Plan Requirements

A Site Plan is a requirement on most of our applications.

View Site Plan Requirements.

Accessory Dwelling Units

Utah Legislature Update

The Utah Legislature passed a state wide law that made Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) that are internal or attached to a single family dwelling permitted uses. This law goes into effect on October 1, 2021. The current processing time for a conditional use is in excess of 90 days. Therefore, if you are interested in establishing an internal ADU on your property, you will only be required to obtain the proper building permit provided the ADU will not be occupied as a rental unit prior to October 1, 2021. Any previously approved conditional use for an internal ADU will be considered a permitted use on October 1, 2021

Accessory Dwelling Units Handbook

We have designed a handbook for property owners who are interested in building an Accessory Dwelling Unit on a lot that has an existing single-family home. Our goal is to help you get started and prepare you with the basic information you need to start your process!

Accessory Dwelling Units Handbook 

This guide provides you with general information including: eligibility, ADU configurations, application process, commonly used terms, frequently asked questions, and resources.

View the ADUs Annual Report – 2019 , for more information on ADUS in Salt Lake City.