Zoning Approval

Application Process

The City of Avondale Estates requires that all residential and commercial development projects obtain zoning approval. The current City’s zoning code can be found on Municode.

Residential Projects

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

Commercial and Multi-family Residential Projects

Commercial and multi-family residential projects must apply separately for zoning approval.

The zoning application outlines required information and attachments. Submitting the application begins the process. 

Commercial projects may have city staff review and approve a site plan in advance of a zoning review by completing the Site Plan Review Application prior to applying for zoning approval. 

To Start the Process:

  1. Complete the Site Plan Review Application (optional).
  2. Complete the Zoning Application. Submitting the application triggers a zoning review. 
  3. Complete the Variance, Waiver or Rezoning Application (as needed).


Each application costs $100.00. 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 payment is received. Applications will be reviewed within 10 business days once a complete packet had been received.


Contact Lori Leland for additional information or direction.

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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.

2024 Application Deadlines and Meeting Dates

Application DeadlinesMeeting Dates
Friday, Dec. 22, 2023Monday, Jan. 22, 2024*
Friday, Jan. 19, 2024Monday, Feb. 19, 2024
Friday, Feb. 16, 2024Monday, March 18, 2024
Friday, March 15, 2024Monday, April 15, 2024
Friday, April 19, 2024Monday, May 20, 2024
Friday, May 17, 2024Monday, June 10, 2024*
Friday, June 21, 2024Monday, July 15, 2024
Friday, July 19, 2024Monday, Aug. 19, 2024
Friday, Aug. 16, 2024Monday, Sep. 16, 2024
Friday, Sep. 20, 2024Monday, Oct. 21, 2024
Friday, Oct. 18, 2024Monday, Nov. 11, 2024*
Friday, Nov. 15, 2024Monday, Dec. 9, 2024*

*Meeting not held on the third week of the month due to holiday