Zoning Approval

Application Process

The City of Avondale Estates requires that all residential and commercial development projects obtain zoning approval. The application outlines required information and attachments. Submitting the application begins the process.  

To Start the Process:

  1. Complete the application.
  2. Submit the application to Lori Leland to trigger a zoning review. 


Items Needed for an Application

Submit a check in the amount of $100.00 payable to the City of Avondale Estates to City Hall within in 48 hours of submitting an application. An application is not considered complete until after receiving the check. Applications will be reviewed within 10 business days once a complete packet had been received.

The following documents are required for zoning review for projects in zoning districts CBD-1, 2 and 3, GC, and I:

  • Legal description and plat of property
  • Scale drawing(s) of existing condition
  • Site survey
  • Scale drawing(s) of proposed site plan   
  • Photos of the existing site including structure to be modified  
  • Rendering of the project including dimensions of all sides of the building 
  • Photos of the structure as seen from the street

Homes in R-12 or R-24 should submit plans as required when completing a building permit application. Doing so triggers a zoning review. The City will contact the applicants if additional information is needed

Requested variances or waivers to the zoning code should be listed on the zoning application. Staff will review the application and submitted plans to determine the list of variances and waivers. The current City’s zoning code can be found on Municode.


Planning, Zoning and Architectural Board Review 

There are a few minor variances and Tier 1 waivers that can be granted administratively. The majority of variances and waivers must be reviewed by the Planning, Zoning and Architectural Review Board (PZAB). The PZAB makes recommendations to the Board of Mayor and Commissioners who make final decisions. More details about the review and approval process can be found on Municode


Applications must be submitted by the dates listed below to be reviewed by the PZAB. 


2023 Application Process and PZAB Meeting Dates

Application DeadlinePZAB Meeting Date
Friday, Dec. 9, 2022Monday, Jan. 9, 2023 (second Monday due to holiday)
Friday, Jan. 20, 2023Monday, Feb. 20, 2023
Friday, Feb. 17, 2023Monday, March 20, 2023
Friday, March 17 2023Monday, April 17, 2023
Friday, April 14, 2023Monday, May 15, 2023
Friday, May 19, 2023Monday, June 19, 2023
Friday, June 16, 2023Monday, July 17, 2023
Friday, July 21, 2023Monday, Aug. 21, 2023
Friday, Aug. 18, 2023Monday, Sept. 18, 2023
Friday, Sept. 15, 2023Monday, Oct. 16, 2023
Friday, Oct. 13, 2023Monday, Nov. 13, 2023 (second Monday due to holiday)
Friday, Nov. 10, 2023Monday, Dec. 11,  2023 (second Monday due to holiday)