Zoning Ordinance

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Full Zoning Ordinance

NOTE: The Zoning Ordinance, included here in Adobe PDF format, was last updated to include all Ordinances passed and adopted up to December 31, 2018. More recent Ordinances, not yet codified, are listed in red beneath the Title/Section they amend. The dates that these ordinances were passed and adopted by City Council, as well as their effective dates, are also indicated.

Please note that by late August or early September, the complete City of Mesa Code will be hosted by Municipal Code Corporation (Municode). The new format will provide greater searchability and visibility to the Charter, City Code and Zoning Code. If you have any questions, please call the Mesa City Clerk's Office at (480) 644-2099.

Zoning Ordinance by Chapter

Article 1: Introductory Provisions

Chapter 1- Introductory Provisions
Chapter 2- Rules for the Construction of Language and Interpretation
Chapter 3- Designation of Zoning Districts, Zoning Map, and Boundaries

Article 2: Base Zones
Chapter 4- Agricultural District
Chapter 5- Residential Districts
Chapter 6- Commercial and Mixed Use Districts
Chapter 7- Employment Districts
Chapter 8- Downtown Districts
Chapter 9  (Reserved)
Chapter 10- Public and Semi-Public District
Chapter 11- Planned Community District
Chapter 12- Infill Development Districts
Chapter 13  (Reserved)
Chapter 14 - Employment Opportunity District
Chapters 15 - 18 (Reserved)

Article 3: Overlay Zones
Chapter 19- Airfield Overlay District
Chapter 20- Age-Specific Overlay District
Chapter 21- Bonus Intensity Zone Overlay District
Chapter 22- Planned Area Development Overlay District
Chapter 23- Historic and Landmark Overlay Districts
Chapter 24- Downtown Events (DE) Overlay Zoning District
Chapters 25 - 29 (Reserved)

Article 4: Development Regulations
Chapter 30- General Site Development Standards
Chapter 31- Standards for Specific Uses and Activities
Chapter 32- On-Site Parking, Loading and Circulation
Chapter 33- Landscaping
Chapter 34- Manufactured Homes/Recreational Vehicle Regulations
Chapter 35- Antennas and Wireless Communications Facilities
Chapter 36- Nonconforming Uses, Structures and Lots
Chapters 37 - 40 (Reserved)

Article 5: Sign Ordinance

Chapter 41- Introductory and General Provisions
Chapter 42- Portable Signs
Chapter 43- Permanent Signs
Chapter 44- Historic Signs
Chapter 45- Prohibited Signs
Chapter 46- Use Permits, Variances, and Interpretations
Chapter 47- Sign Permits
Chapter 48- Non-conforming Signs
Chapter 49- Maintenance, Removal, Disposal, Violations, and Enforcement
Chapter 50- Definitions
Chapters 51 - 55 (Reserved)


Article 6: Form-Based Code 5514Passed and adopted on July 8, 2019.  The effective date of this Ordinance shall be thirty (30) days following adoption by the City Council.

Chapter 56- Form-Based Code Overview
Chapter 57- Maps
Chapter 58- Building Form Standards
Chapter 59- Building Type Standards
Chapter 60- Private Frontage Standards
Chapter 61- Thoroughfare Standards
Chapter 62- Civic Space Standards
Chapter 63- Smart Growth Community Plans
Chapter 64- Definitions
Chapter 65  (Reserved)

Article 7: Administration
Chapter 66- Planning Agency
Chapter 67- Common Procedures
Chapter 68- Zoning Clearance
Chapter 69- Site Plan Review
Chapter 70- Conditional Use Permits
Chapter 71- Design Review
Chapter 72- Development Incentive Permits
Chapter 73- Substantial Conformance Improvement Permits (SCIP)
Chapter 74- Historic District and Historic Landmark Procedures
Chapter 75- Amendments to General Plan
Chapter 76- Amendments to Zoning Map
Chapter 77- Appeals
Chapter 78- Annexations
Chapter 79- Enforcement
Chapter 80- Variances
Chapters 81-85 (Reserved)

Article 8: General Terms
Chapter 86- Use Types
Chapter 87- Definitions

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