Zoning Administrator - Zoning Ordinance Interpretations

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The responsibilities of the Zoning Administrator (ZA) include interpreting the application of Zoning Ordinance Requirements to the public, City Departments and other branches of government (Mesa Zoning Ordinance §11-66-7.B.2).  Typical ZA interpretations include determining permitted uses within a zoning district, applying development standards to individual sites, or interpreting zoning district boundaries.

Most interpretations are made through an administrative process.  On occasion, ZA interpretations are appealed to the Board of Adjustment and decided through a public hearing process.

The interpretations listed below do not encompass all interpretations.  They are in PDF format and will generally be one to two pages in length.  For information on a specific case or property, contact the Planning Division at 480-644-2385.

To request a Zoning Ordinance Interpretation, the following process has been established:

  1. A written request is sent or email to the Zoning Administrator.
  2. The request should include what the applicant believes the interpretation should accomplish, and provide all the reasons and facts that are believed to support such an interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance.
  3. Required Fees are listened in the Planning Division Schedule of Fees and Charges and must be paid prior to the issuance of the written interpretation by the ZA.
  4. The final interpretation is issued within 45 days of the application for interpretation being filed with the Planning Division staff.
  5. Appeals of the final written ZA decision are in accordance with §11-66-7 of the Zoning Ordinance

Please note that the City Council adopted a significant update of the Mesa Zoning Ordinance, effective September 2011.  Many provisions were significantly revised.  As a result, AZ interpretations issued prior to the 2011 revisions, and identified below, may no longer be applicable.



 Accessory Room Addition   Accessory Use for Retail Space    Accessory Use of a Single Family Dwelling
Accessory Uses for Swim School  

Detached Accessory Building in R-1 District - Carport

  Detached Accessory Building in R-1 District - Train Car
Home-based Business as Accessory Use in an R1-15 District   Manufactured Home Accessory Structures     
     Current Zoning Ordinance    
 Little Free Libraries        
 Design Guidelines for a PAD Site   Guidelines to Resolve Land Locked Parcels    Modification of a Comprehensive Plan for a Business Park
Modifications of a Comprehensive Plan for a Shopping Center   Permitted Commercial Activities in RV Parks   Permitted Land Use for Retail Sales
Permitted Outdoor Display in a C-3 District    Permitted Storage and Displays in C-2 District   Regulations for Rebuilding Damaged Infrastructure
Regulations for Rezoning Subdivisions   Requirements for a Mobile Food Facility    Requirements for a Pawn Shop
Requirements for a Social Service Facility    Requirements for Approval of a CUP   Requirements for Church Activity in R1-35 District
Requirements for Liquor Sales in C-2 District    Requirements for Outdoor Vehicle Display   Requirements for Residential Project in C-2 District 
Requirements for Retail and Barter Exchange in the O-S District   Requirements for Site Development   Requirements for Site of Car Sales Office 
Requirements for Swap Meet in C-2 District    Requirements of an Office Use Development    Requirements of Transitional Living Center 
Zoning District for Donation Center    Zoning District for Martial Arts Center    Zoning Requirements for Charter School 
Zoning Requirements for Coppersmith Business         
     Current Zoning Ordinance    
Design Guidelines for Recreational Facility   Required Landscaping for an Communications Facility    Requirements for a Health Residential Facility in the RS District 
Requirements for a Juice Bar in Medical Office Building    Requirements for Administrative Review of a Comprehensive Site Plan    Requirements for Building a Restroom Addition 
Requirements for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in ID Districts    Requirements for Social Services Program for Unaccompanied Minors     
Requirements for an Outdoor Commercial Display and Storage Facility   Requirements for Firearms Warehousing and Manufacturing in M-1 District    Requirements for Portable Storage Containers in O-S District
Requirements for Recycling Center         
    Current Zoning Ordinance    
Exemptions for Batch Plants in Mining Operations    Requirements for a Gravel and Mining Operation   Requirements for Manufacturing Facility within the LI District 
Requirements for Secondary Processing of Meat and Seafood in the LI and GI Districts        
Distance Requirements from Group Homes   Encroachment of a Porch    Foundation Base Setbacks 
Permitted Encroachments     Roof Coverage to Outdoor Patio    
     Current Zoning Ordinance    
 Requirements for a Land Split    Setbacks for Trust Owned Property  
Conformance of Zoning Regulations for an Apartment Complex   Non-Conformance Status Requirements for Pawn Shop   Non-Conforming Status upon Sale of Property
Non-Conforming Use of Property as Medical Office    Non-Conforming Use of Residential Property as an Office   Non-Conforming Uses for a Building in R-4 Zoning District 
Requirements to Rebuild Site with Non-Conforming Uses         
     Current Zoning Ordinance    
Expansion of a Legally Non-Conforming Social Service Facility   Non-Conforming Status of Required Hotel Parking Spaces   Requirements for Non-Conforming Social Service Facility
Parking and Outdoor Display of Golf Carts   Parking and Storage of Vehicles in the C-3 District   Parking Lot Vehicle Display Regulation
Parking Requirement for a Mixed-Use Development at an Airport   Parking Requirements for a Shopping Center   Parking Requirements for a Public Assembly

  Current Zoning Ordinance  
Parking Requirements for a Proposed Church   Parking Requirements for Appointment Only Pilates Studio   Parking Space Requirement for Indoor Recreation Facility
Permanent Cosmetic Application Service within Beauty Salon   Permit Requirements for Pawn Shop    
     Current Zoning Ordinance    
Requirements for an Administrative Use Permit   Temporary Use Permit for a Farmers Market    
 Permitted Uses in C-2 District    Permitted Uses in C-3 District   Permitted Uses in R1-7-PAD-DMP-AS District
 Permitted Uses in R-4 District    Permitted Uses in TCB-1 District    
     Current Zoning Ordinance    
 Permitted Uses in TCC District     Installation of Interlock Devices and Related Services    
Time Limit Extension for Previously Approved Variance        
     Current Zoning Ordinance    
Default Judgment of "Responsible" for Citations    Request to Set Aside a Fine   Requesting Hearing for Citation Issuance
Charitable Food distribution in a Single Residence District   Conventionally Constructed House Within Manufactured Home Subdivision   Regulations for Replacing Damaged Residential Building
Required Separation between Group Homes for the Handicapped    Requirements for a Church   Requirements for a Manufactured Home Space
Requirements for a Group Home as Permitted use in a Single Residence District   Requirements for a Mini-Storage and Single Residence Subdivision   Single Residence Lot Coverage Requirements
Types of Homes Permitted in RV Parks    5200-5300 Blocks of Escondido Cir    
     Current Zoning Ordinance    
Public Nuisances Prohibited in Residential Areas   Requirements for Group Home for the Developmentally Disabled   Requirements for Group Home for the Handicapped
Zoning Districts for Place of Worship    Primary Wall Facing the Street    
 Early Posting of Campaign Signs    Exterior Signage on Mall    Off-Site Signage Repair
 Requirements for a Temporary Sign   Restrictions for Detached Monument Style Sign on Residential Property   Revision of Comprehensive Sign Plan Change Location of Detached Sign
     Current Zoning Ordinance    
Modification of a Comprehensive Sign Plan