Planning and Design Applications

Online Applications

Submitting Applications Online Guide

Non-Online Applications (Submitted in person at our office at 444 S 5th Street)

  • Print applications one-sided so that staff can quickly scan the documents and make them available for digital viewing, distribution, and record keeping.
  • Applications must be submitted to the PDS Customer Service Desk, located on the third floor of the Metro Development Center (444 S 5th Street).
  • Please bring a photo ID and make sure that you have all required materials (see checklists on applications). Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Public Notices & Neighborhood Meetings: Some applications require the applicant to notify adjoining property owners of any public hearings or neighborhood meetings related to their proposal. Please refer to the checklist on each application for any public notice requirements. More detailed information is available here.

Mailing List How To Guide

Refund Policy: No refunds will be provided for pre-applications. Refund requests for other submittals should be made in writing and provided to the case manager for consideration.

Legal Advertisement Requirement: If you are applying for a zoning change, street name change, street closure, or administrative appeal to the Board of Zoning Adjustment, a legal advertisement is required. Instructions for Legal Advertisements

Site Plan Requirement: Most applications require submittal of a site plan showing existing conditions and proposed development.  Some applications require a professionally drawn plan, while some only need a basic site plan.

Application Resources Guide

 

Applications

Application DescriptionFee
Accessory Dwelling UnitApplication for an Accessory Dwelling Unit or ADU in single family zoning.No fee
Appeal to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BOZA)Appeal of an action or decision made by an administrative official or zoning enforcement officer concerning the interpretation, application, or enforcement of a Land Development Code provision.$150 + legal ad
Binding Element AmendmentApplication for the revision or elimination of a binding element associated with a development plan.$450 + $60 clerk's fee
Category 2B PlanApplication for a development plan that does not meet the threshold for the Community Design Review Process and is reviewed by staff only for zoning compliance. The threshold tables, associated with the property's Form District, can be found in the Chapter 5 of the Land Development Code.$300
Category 3 PlanApplication for a development plan meeting the threshold for the Community Design Review Process which requires notice to adjacent property owners and a public meeting. The threshold tables, associated with the property's Form District, can be found in the Chapter 5 of the Land Development Code.$600
Cell TowerApplication for an antenna tower for cellular telecommunication or personal communication services.$2,500
Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)Application for a Historic Preservation Certificate of Appropriateness to allow for physical changes to the exterior of a structure or property that has been designated as a local landmark or is within a local preservation district.No fee
Community Facility ReviewReview of a community facility such as a Metro park, MSD facility, JCPS facility, firehouse, etc.No fee
Conditional Use Permit 
Pre-Application (General)
Application for a preliminary evaluation of a proposed conditional use. Do not use this application for short term rentals and group housing.

$200

$0 for Child Care

Conditional Use Permit Formal (General)Application for a conditional use. A pre-application is required prior to submitting this application. Do not use this application for short term rentals and group housing. A Tree Removal Affidavit is required as part of this application (affidavit form).

$0 for Child Care Centers with 12 or fewer children

$500 for Accessory Dwelling Units, Home Occupations, Duplex Dwellings, Child and Adult care Centers, Private Institutional use, Bed & Breakfast Inns, Sort Term Rental (owner occupied)

$1,200 for all other uses

In addition to the fees listed above, a $60 clerk's fee is required 

Conditional Use Permit Pre-Application (Group Housing)Application for a preliminary evaluation of a proposed group housing conditional use. Group housing includes boarding houses, rehabilitation homes, and transitional housing. Do not use this application for other conditional uses.$200
Conditional Use Permit Formal (Group Housing)Application for a group housing conditional use. Group housing includes boarding houses, rehabilitation homes, and transitional housing. A pre-application is required prior to submitting this application. Do not use this application for other conditional uses.$1,200 + $60 clerk's fee
Conditional Use Permit Pre-Application (Short Term Rental)Application for a preliminary evaluation of a proposed short term rental conditional use. Do not use this application for other conditional uses.$200
Conditional Use Permit Formal (Short Term Rental)Application for a short term rental conditional use. A pre-application is required prior to submitting this application. Do not use this application for other conditional uses.$1,200 + $60 clerk's fee
Conditional Use ModificationA revision to an approved Conditional Use Permit.$350 +$60 clerk's fee
Development Plan Extension of ExpirationApplication to request an extension to an approved development plan. Please contact the Office of Planning for Conditional Use Permit Expirations/Extensions (LDC 11.5A.1.C)$300
District Development PlanApplication for a district development plan (detailed, revised, or general) on a Plan Certain site (a site with Binding Elements).

$450 for staff review/approval

$750 for Committee review/approval

In addition to the fees listed above, a $60 clerk's fee is required 

Factory Built HousingApplication for factory built housing to be placed on a lot zoned for residential use.No fee
Farmers MarketApplication for a farmer market.No fee
File CertificationRequest for a certification of a case file.$160 or $0.10/page, whichever is greater
Home OccupationApplication to allow an occupant of a residence located on residentially zoned property to engage in a home occupation, trade, profession, or business.$25
Joint/Off-Site Parking PlanApplication for the sharing of a parking area or space for more than one establishment if peak parking demands occur at different times.$60 clerk's fee
Landscape, Tree Preservation, and/or Clearing & Grading PlanApplication for a plan showing the required landscaping and tree preservation per requirement of Chapter 10 of the Land Development Code
Related itemsTree Protection Sign, Landscape Installation Certification Form

$350 for plans with up to 19,999 sf
of VUA, $100 for every
additional 20,000 sf of VUA

$300 Tree Preservation Plan

Nonconforming Rights Use DeterminationRequest for determination by staff that a use lawfully existed prior to the adoption of a zoning regulation which does not permit it anymore and may continue to exist as a nonconforming use in accordance with the Land Development Code.

$100 staff review

In the event a decision by the Board of Zoning Adjustment is necessary, a $200 review fee shall be required

Nonconforming Use ChangeApplication for a change from a lawful nonconforming use to another nonconforming use.No fee
Outdoor Sale, Display, and/or StorageIf a notice of violation or citation has been issued for outdoor sale, display, or storage, an application for a plan to place or store items outside a building is required to demonstrate compliance. This application is not required when subject to another development plan review.No fee
Overlay Permit (DDRO, BROD, or NROD)Application for physical changes to the exterior of a building, structure, or property within a design overlay district.No fee
Overlay Permit (Floyds Fork DRO)Application for non-exempt development within the Floyds Fork Overlay District.

$100 for staff review/approval

$250 for Committee review/approval

Short Term Rental Annual RegistrationA form that must be completed every year to register a short term rental. Each form registers one short term rental.$250
Sign AuthorizationApplication for relief to certain sign requirements.$225
Sign PermitApplication to construct, install, and/or a display a sign.$100 plus $1 per sf over 50 sf
Sign PlanApplication for sign approval as required by a binding element of a Plan Certain site.$200
Signature EntranceApplication for any wall, fence, guard house, and/or similar structure exceeding 4 feet in height, constructed at an entrance to a major single-family subdivision or a multi-family complex of five acres or more.$200
Street or Alley Closure 
Pre-Application
Application for preliminary evaluation of a proposed street or alley closure.$200
Street or Alley ClosureApplication to close a street or alley. A pre-application is required prior to submitting this application.$700
Street or Alley Name ChangeApplication to change the name of a street or alley.$350
Subdivision: Major Preliminary SubdivisionAny division of land not defined as a minor subdivision. This application is required prior to submitting a record plat. A Tree Removal Affidavit is required as part of this application (affidavit form).$1,350 +$60 clerk's fee
Subdivision: Major Subdivision Record PlatThe final plat of a major subdivision, which will be filed with the Jefferson County Clerk's Office. A Major Preliminary Subdivision approval is required prior to submitting a Record Plat.$500/page + $15/lot
Subdivision: Minor Subdivision PlatA division of land into no more than five lots, provided that the subdivision does not involve the creation of any new public street.$350
Subdivision: Preliminary Conservation Subdivision Pre-ApplicationPreliminary evaluation of a conservation subdivision. Please refer to Chapter 7, Part 11 of the Land Development Code for more information.$200
Subdivision: Preliminary Conservation SubdivisionApplication for a conservation subdivision. Please refer to Chapter 7, Part 11 of the Land Development Code for more information.$1,350 + $60
Subdivision: Revised Major Preliminary SubdivisionRevision to an approved major preliminary subdivision plan.$350 +$60 clerk's fee
Temporary Activity PermitApplication to allow a temporary activity as defined in the Land Development Code.$25
Transportation Planning Construction Plan ReviewApplication for construction plan review by the transportation planning division.$250
VarianceApplication for relief of a dimensional requirement such as height, width, length, or location of structures and size of yards or open spaces.

$150 for single-family, two-family, and multi-family uses with 9 or fewer dwelling units

$350 for Churches, Parish Halls, Temples, Schools and Institutions of Learning (Except Colleges, Universities, Trade, Business or Industrial Schools) not-for profit uses and Clubs, Private Non-Profit

$850 for all other uses

Waiver (General)Application to reduce or eliminate a Land Development Code requirement, which cannot be modified through a variance.$250
Waiver (Parking)Application for parking space reductions or increases, the use of on-street parking spaces not adjacent to the site, or the use of spaces located in public parking lots.

Varies based on the percent of parking reduction below the minimum (see application)

$500 to exceed the maximum

Waiver (Right-Of-Way Dedication)Administrative application to reduce or eliminate public right-of-way dedications.No fee
Waiver (Sidewalk)Application to waive, or partially waive, the requirement to construct sidewalks.$250
Waiver (Tree Canopy)Application to reduce the amount of tree canopy required with a development.$250
Zoning/Form District Change 
Pre-Application
Preliminary evaluation of a proposed change in zoning and/or form district classification.$200
Zoning/Form District Change FormalApplication to change a property's zoning and/or form district classification. A pre-application is required prior to submitting this application. A Tree Removal Affidavit is required as part of this application (affidavit form).Varies based on zoning district requested and area of land (see application)
Zoning: Joint Zoning/Form District Change & SubdivisionApplication to change a property's zoning and/or form district classification in conjunction with a proposal for a major subdivision. A pre-application is required prior to submitting this application.Varies based on zoning district requested and area of land (see application)
Zoning: TNZD Map ChangeApplication to change a property's mapped area within the Old Louisville/Limerick Traditional Neighborhood Zoning District (TNZD).Varies based on the area of land to be amended (see application)
Zoning CertificationRequest for letter certifying the zoning of the property, which includes a zoning map, minutes of approved conditional use permits, variances, waivers, appeals and zoning cases, and applicable Land Development Code regulations.$100
Zoning ConfirmationRequest for letter confirming the zoning of a property.$25
   

Forms

  
Affidavit of NotificationA written, sworn statement of fact confirming that public notices were mailed to the appropriate parties.n/a
Landscape Installation CertificationForm to certify that required landscaping has been installed in accordance with an approved landscape plan.n/a
Planning Commission Night Hearing Petition (Downtown)A petition to allow for a public hearing to be held at 5:30 p.m. or later downtown (514 W Liberty Street).n/a
Planning Commission Hearing Convenient Location PetitionA petition to allow for a public hearing to be held at 6:00 p.m. or later at the East, South Central, or Southwest Government Center, or other preferred location of the petitioner's choosing.n/a

*Note: If two or more applications are submitted simultaneously for the same site, only one Clerk’s Fee is required.

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