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.

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)