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Pending Zoning Amendments

Pending Zoning Amendments

The Planning Division is working on city initiated proposals that may impact multiple properties and be of interest to residents and property owners. Please review the list and contact the staff member associated with each zoning amendment to learn more about the changes, the timing, and potential impact to your property and/or project. 


Proposals in the Engagement and Drafting Stages

The following proposals are in the early stages of being drafted and may have started the public engagement stages. The projects are listed here for reference.

Chapter 21A.27 Form Based Districts

Salt Lake City Planning Division is working to revise sections in Chapter 21A.27 – Form Based Districts that are incorrect or inconsistent with the purpose of the district. More specifically:

  • Subsection 21A.27.020.C Building Form Standards: The section contains language that exempts certain building additions from development standards, such as setback, height, density and design standards. We propose to delete this section because it conflicts with the purpose and intent of the zoning ordinance, and it is inconsistent with the purpose of the district.
  • Section 21A.27.030: Building Configuration and Design Standards: Some exemption to building additions is warranted and will be included in this section. For example, changes to existing buildings not affecting a building entrance will not require compliance with entry features standards, and small additions will not trigger open space area requirements.
  • Footnotes in Table 21A.27.050.C.3.

Any other inconsistent regulations or incorrect regulations that are identified as part of the project will also be included in the proposal.

Learn more // View Open House

Staff Contact: Noah Elmore, Associate Planner // noah.elmore@slcgov.com // 801.535.7971

Driveways & Loading Text Amendment

Mayor Erin Mendenhall has initiated a zoning text amendment to correct driveway and loading area standards found in the zoning code. Chapter 21A.44 was amended in October 2022 and since then, staff has found that certain standards created unintended consequences. This petition will allow staff to revisit these standards to adequately address parking needs and city goals. This zoning amendment would also correct language in other related sections of the code.

Learn more // View Open House

Staff Contact: Madison Blodgett, Principal Planner // madison.blodgett@slcgov.com // 801.535.7749

Electronic Message Centers (EMC) Text Amendments

Salt Lake City is proposing to amend the Sign Ordinance to create standards regulating electronic message centers, or electronic signs. The proposed standards will include things like brightness limits, display hours, and identify zones where they are not permitted.

Learn more // View Open House

Katilynn Harris, Principal Planner // katilynn.harris@slcgov.com // 801.535.6179

Historic Preservation Overlay Reorganization

This proposal reorganizes the historic preservation overlay ordinance so that it is more user friendly in preparation for adding standards for changes to historic properties that are not currently in the zoning ordinance.

Staff Contact: Amy Thompson // amy.thompson@slcgov.com // 801.535.7281

Mobile Business Zoning Amendment

The Salt Lake City Planning Division is proposing a text amendment to update the standards related to mobile businesses, which includes retail businesses operated from trucks, trailers, and vending carts. In 2017 and 2023, Utah State code was amended to expand where these types of businesses are allowed. The changes to state code also imposed limitations on what municipalities can require for the operations of such businesses in terms of zoning, business license and supplemental documentation.

Salt Lake City code needs to be updated to match these regulations. The amendment would focus on aligning the mobile business standards with city goals, supporting small businesses, and addressing state law.

Learn more // View Open House

Staff Contact: Seth Rios, Associate Planner // seth.rios@slcgov.com // 801.535.7758

Text Amendment to Prohibit Demolition of Dwelling Units for Parking Uses

The Planning Division has initiated a zoning text amendment that would prohibit the demolition of housing to construct or expand standalone commercial parking lots/structures. This amendment is intended to be part of a package of changes that implements Thriving in Place (TIP). In addition to the initial idea of prohibiting the demolition of homes for standalone parking, Planning is also analyzing the prohibition of housing demolition for the expansion of existing parking lots.

Learn more // View Open House

Staff Contact: Cassie Younger, Senior Planner // cassie.younger@slcgov.com // 801.535.6211

Pending Historic Landmark Commission Action

There are currently no City initiated proposals under review by the Historic Landmark Commission.

Pending Planning Commission Action

The following proposals are under review by the Planning Commission.

Amendment Related to Gas Stations Located Near Water Sources and Sensitive Lands (Public Parks/Open Space)

Mayor Erin Mendenhall has initiated a petition to amend the zoning ordinance to propose minimum distances that any gas station can be from a river, stream, or other water body, a park, or open space area over a certain size and establish more stringent zoning standards for any gas station that is located in the secondary groundwater recharge area of the city.

Learn more // View Project Open House

Staff Contact: Diana Martinez // diana.martinez@slcgov.com // 801.535.7215

Pending City Council Action

Child Daycare Center Amendments

This is a petition initiated by Mayor Mendenhall to amend sections of the Salt Lake City Zoning Ordinance relating to daycare use facilities, including Daycare Centers, Home Daycares, and Home Occupations. Specifically, amendments to sections 21A.33 Land Use Tables, 21A.36.030 Home Occupations, 21A.36.130 Daycares, 21A.60.020 List of Defined terms, and 21A.62.040 Definitions of Terms. The proposed amendments’ intent is to reduce zoning barriers to childcare facilities in the city. The proposed amendments are citywide.

Planning Commission forwarded a positive recommendation to City Council on October 11, 2023.

Learn more // View Project Open House

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Enforcement on Work Without a Certificate of Appropriateness

Mayor Erin Mendenhall has initiated a petition for a zoning text amendment to address unlawful construction and demolition activities in local historic districts and landmark sites. This proposed text amendment does the following: 

  • Brings city regulations into alignment with preservation objectives. 
  • Establish a new process to remedy alterations or demolition that occur without city approvals.
  • Adds enforcement penalties to prevent and respond to violations in the local historic districts and to local historic landmark sites.
  • Requires reconstruction of an illegally demolished historic building. 
  • Requires a restrictive convent be recorded after reconstruction of a historic building. That covenant would explicitly prohibit demolition of the reconstructed building for 25 years.

 Learn more // View Project Open House

Staff Contact: Mayara Lima // Mayara.lima@slcgov.com // 801.535.6141

Text Amendment Related to Window Requirements for New Construction in the City’s Local Historic Districts

Mayor Erin Mendenhall has initiated a petition directing the Salt Lake City Planning Division to update the Salt Lake City Zoning Ordinance, and the Historic Residential and Multifamily/Historic Apartment Design Guidelines, to address the use of vinyl windows in new construction projects in the City’s local historic districts (LHDs). 

Please note that this only applies to new construction in the City’s local historic districts and to individually listed landmark sites throughout the City. View map of the City’s local historic districts.

Learn more // View Project Open House

Staff Contact: Lex Traughber // lex.traughber@slcgov.com // 801.535.6184

Updates Regarding Projecting Signs

The Salt Lake City Planning Division is proposing a text amendment to update the standards related to projecting signs in commercial and mixed-use districts. Currently, Salt Lake City Code only permits projecting signs in a few of its commercial districts. This amendment primarily focuses on allowing projecting business signs as an approved sign type in all commercial and mixed-use districts. The amendment also includes minor amendments to fix small grammatical errors and improvements to general clarity in the Sign ordinance.

Learn more // View Open House

Staff Contact: Grant Amann, Principal Planner // grant.amann@slcgov.com // 801.535.6171

Zoning Text Amendment to Allow Attached Garages

The Salt Lake City Planning Division is proposing a text amendment to update the standards related to attached structures, which includes garages, entrance landings, and building foundations. In 2021, Utah State code was amended, changing standards required of these structures. The changes to the state code also imposed limitations on what municipalities can require in terms of design elements.

City code needs to be updated to match these regulations. The amendment would focus on aligning the standards with city goals and addressing state law. This zoning amendment would also correct language in other related sections of the code.

Learn more // View Open House

Staff Contact: Grant Amann, Principal Planner // grant.amann@slcgov.com // 801.535.6171

Adopted Zoning Amendments

Accessory Dwelling Unit Modifications

The City Council adopted the proposed ordinance as ordinance number 17 of 2023 on April 4, 2023.


The Planning Commission initiated a petition to make modifications to regulations related to accessory dwelling units, including allowing ADUs as permitted uses instead of conditional uses in single family residential zoning districts, updating regulations for internal ADUs to comply with Utah Code, and clarifying other ADU regulations. 

Staff Contact: Michael McNamee // michael.mcnamee@slcgov.com // 801.535.7226

Affordable Housing Incentives

The City Council adopted the proposed amendments on December 5, 2023, with an effective date of April 30, 2024. For more information see the Salt Lake City Council Affordable Housing Incentives page.


This proposal would add incentives to the zoning ordinance to promote more affordable housing.

Learn more // Affordable Housing Incentives

Staff Contact: Sara Javoronok // sara.javoronok@slcgov.com // 801.535.7625

Changes to the RMF-30 Zoning District

The City Council adopted the proposed ordinance as ordinance number 68 of 2022 on October 18, 2022. The ordinance will become effective in 180 days.


Modifications to the RMF-30 zoning district include changes to density requirements, bulk and mass standards, allows more housing types in the zone, and adds design standards.

Staff Contact: Kelsey Lindquist // kelsey.lindquist@slcgov.com // 801.535.7930

Downtown Building Height & Street Activation Updates

The City Council adopted the proposed ordinance on July 11, 2023.


This proposal would update portions of the Land Use Code related to building heights, review processes, and pedestrian spaces within downtown. The code revisions aim to accommodate growth and respond to new development pressures while developing standards for public spaces. Changes seek to have a positive impact on human-scale orientation, pedestrian accessibility, and community character.

Staff Contacts:

Early Engagement Ordinance

The City Council adopted the proposed ordinance as ordinance number 23 of 2023 on June 6, 2023.


Some projects require early engagement with the community. This section may impact the timing of your project and add additional steps. Types of applications that may be impacted: 

  • Alley or street vacation or closure
  • Conditional use
  • Design review when required to be reviewed by the Planning Commission
  • Demolition of any landmark site or contributing structure in a local historic district
  • General plan amendments
  • New construction within a local historic district (except single-family and two-family dwellings)
  • Planned development
  • Zoning amendments (map and text)

Staff Contact: John Anderson // john.anderson@slcgov.com // 801.535.7214

Fleet Block Zoning Amendment

On December 5, 2023, the City Council adopted the proposed new form-based zoning district (Form-Based Mixed Use or FB-MUN11) and applied it to the Fleet Block, located between 300 and 400 West and 800 and 900 South. For more information see the Salt Lake City Council Fleet Block Rezone page.


Creates a new form based zoning district for the city owned block located between 300 – 400 West and 800 – 900 South. The rezone includes one privately owned parcel on the block. View the proposed changes and recommendation from the Planning Commission.

Staff Contact: Daniel Echeverria // daniel.echeverria@slcgov.com // 801.535.7165

General Plan and Zoning Amendments

Salt Lake City is considering updates to portions of the Land Use Code to implement policies identified in Thriving in Place to mitigate involuntary displacement due to development pressure. The updates include the creation of a new Title 19 General Plans and amendments to Title 21A.50 Amendments to create a community benefit policy, require tenant relocation assistance, and require replacement of demolished units associated with a zoning or general plan amendment. 

Learn more // View Project Page

Staff Contact: Krissy Gilmore // kristina.gilmore@slcgov.com // 801.535.7780

Homeless Resource Center Amendments

The City Council adopted the proposed ordinance as ordinance number 19 of 2023 on May 2, 2023.


Homeless Resource Center Amendments
The Planning Division is proposing that the City Council adopt an overlay zoning district to regulate future homeless resource centers and homeless shelters. The overlay would be adopted into the zoning code, along with updates to the existing regulations that apply to homeless resource centers and homeless shelters. Prior to opening a new homeless resource center, the overlay would have to be applied to the zoning map. This means that anyone who wants to establish an HRC or shelter, would have to apply for a zoning map amendment.

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Landscaping and Buffers Chapter Amendments

Salt Lake City’s Planning Division is considering updates to the Landscaping Chapter in the Zoning Ordinance. The purpose of the Zoning Ordinance text amendment is to better address landscaping regulations as the effects of climate change are experienced through extreme drought conditions and changing weather patterns. The amendments are intended to better conform to City goals of reduction of water consumption, enhancement of the urban forest, and improvements to air quality and green infrastructure.

Learn more // Landscaping and Buffers Chapter Amendments.

Staff Contact: Nannette Larsen // nannette.larsen@slcgov.com // 801.535.7645

Modifications to Landscape Regulations in Order to Qualify for Rebates

The City Council adopted the proposed ordinance as ordinance number 14 of 2023 on March 21, 2023.


The State of Utah and the Central Water Conservancy District offer rebates to property owners who remove sod and replace landscaping with more appropriate vegetation for our climate with the goal of conserving water. Both rebate programs are being modified and those modifications require cities to update landscaping regulations for property owners to qualify for the rebate programs.

Staff Contact: Nick Norris, Planning Director // nick.norris@slcgov.com

Parking Requirement Amendments

The City Council adopted the proposed ordinance as ordinance number 67 of 2022 on October 18, 2022.


Updates to the off-street parking requirements including basing parking requirements on transit access, neighborhood context in terms of walkability, and proximity to cycling infrastructure. Changes are city wide. Learn more // City Council’s Information Page – Proposal to Update Off-street Parking Regulations.

Staff Contact: Eric Daems // eric.daems@slcgov.com // 801.535.7236

Subdivision Code Updates

The City Council adopted the proposed amendments on December 5, 2023.


This proposal would update the city’s subdivision rules to comply with state code requirements and improve how the code is administered. Most of the rules are not changing, but the code is being reorganized to follow a more logical order.

The proposal includes the following key categories of changes:

  • Updated requirements for subdividers to install utilities, including water, sewer, storm drain, and electricity.
  • Updated list of things that the subdivider must pay for and install including all water and sewer lines, streets, curb and gutter, sidewalks, streetlights, street trees, park strips, stormwater drainage, flood control, and easements.
  • Requires all streets, sidewalks, trails, and bike paths to be installed when identified in the city’s general plan.
  • A subdivider must protect natural features, including streams, rivers, wetlands, wooded areas, and wildlife habitats.
  • Clarifies that development on slopes over 30 degrees in the foothills is prohibited as part of new subdivisions.
  • Required cleaning up of pollutants on any land within a subdivision that is proposed to be dedicated to the city.
  • Establishes requirements for providing mid-block streets and walkways when a subdivision is over 5 acres in size and in a zoning district that allows dwellings.
  • Creates new rules for changing the dimensions of existing lots or combining lots.

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