Land Development Code

The Land Development Code (LDC) is a regulatory document that has been created to implement the goals and objectives within the Cornerstone 2020 Comprehensive Plan. The Land Development Code, adopted in 2003 with major revisions in 2004 and 2006, contains several requirements related to zoning, form districts, land use, building & site design, transportation, landscaping and signage. 

1st through 4th class cities in Kentucky have their own zoning authority, meaning they can choose which versions or sections of the LDC to adopt. Louisville-Jefferson County has 12 such cities, including Louisville Metro. The LDC in effect for each jurisdiction can be found below with any revisions or amendments that have been made and that are in effect in that specific jurisdiction. 

Louisville Metro
Maps and other information  
Local municipalities with Zoning Authority
Version of Land Development Code and Amendments Adopted
Land Development Code--August 2017
Land Development Code--May 2017
Historic Development Regulations
The following historic development regulations for the City of Louisville, Jefferson County, and Louisville Metro are provided to assist in seeking nonconforming rights for a property. If you know the year that a particular use was established on the property, click on the set of regulations below that are dated closest to (but without going past) the year that the use was established. You will need to know whether the property was in the City, County, or Metro jurisdiction when the use was established. You may then search the regulations to see if a particular use was permitted in the zoning district for your property when that use was established.  Please provide Planning & Design staff with any information you gather along with your nonconforming rights application. Please contact Planning & Design if you need a set of regulations from a year or jurisdiction that is not shown below.