Planning and Design Applications

Online Applications

Some applications may be submitted online. To view available online applications, visit the Louisville Metro Business Portal at https://aca-louisville.accela.com/LJCMG.

Prior to submitting an online application, you will need to create an account. For instructions on creating an account, read Louisville Metro Business Portal Accounts.

To view requirements for uploading documents through our business portal, read our Electronic Document Submittal Standards.

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

Print applications one-sided: This enables staff to quickly scan the documents and make them available for digital viewing, distribution, and record keeping.

How to submit: Applications need to be submitted to the Customer Service Desk of Planning and Design Services, located on the third floor of the Metro Development Center (444 South 5th Street). Please bring a photo ID.

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. Click here for more detailed information.

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. Please click here for legal advertisement instructions.

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.  Click here to view requirements for a basic site plan.

Sign Applications

Name

Description

Fee

Link

Sign Permit

Application to construct, install, and/or a display a sign.

$75 + 1 for every square foot over 50 square feet

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Sign Plan

Application for sign approval as required by a binding element of a Plan Certain site.

$125

Word

       

Zoning and Binding Element Applications

Name

Description

Fee

Link

Zoning/Form District Change 
Pre-Application

Preliminary evaluation of a proposed change in zoning and/or form district classification with the comprehensive plan.

$150

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Zoning/Form District Change Formal Application

Application 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. Please click here for the affidavit form.

Various
(see application)

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Joint Zoning/Form District Change & Subdivision

Application 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.

Various
(see application)

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TNZD Map Change  

Application to change a property's mapped area within the Old Louisville/Limerick Traditional Neighborhood Zoning District (TNZD).

Various
(see application)

Word 

Binding Element Amendment Application for the revision or elimination of a binding element or condition of approval associated with a development plan. $225 Word

 

Subdivision Applications

Name

Description

 Fee

Link

Minor Subdivision Plat

A division of land into no more than five lots, provided that the subdivision does not involve the creation of any new public street.

$300

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Major Preliminary Subdivision

Any 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. Please click here for the affidavit form.

$1,100

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Conservation Subdivision Pre-Application

There is no application required for the Concept Plan stage of a proposed Conservation Subdivision.  Please refer to Chapter 7, Part 11 of the Land Development Code for more information.

No fee

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Revised Major Preliminary Subdivision

A revision to a previously approved major preliminary subdivision plan.

$300

Word 

Major Subdivision Record Plat

The 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.

$425 + $10/lot

Word

 

Plan Review Applications

Name

Description

 Fee

 Link

District Development Plan

Application for a development plan (detailed, revised, or general) on a Plan Certain site (a site with Binding Elements).

Various (see application)

Word

Category 2B Plan

Application for a development plan that does not meet the threshold for the Community Design Review Process, and therefore is reviewed by staff only for code compliance. The threshold tables, associated with the property's Form District, can be found in the Chapter 5 of the Land Development Code.

$250

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Category 3 Plan

Application 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

Word

Landscape/ Tree Preservation/ Clearing & Grading Plan Application for a plan showing the required landscaping and tree preservation per requirement of Chapter 10 of the Land Development Code
Related itemsTree Inventory FormTree Protection SignGeneral Notes for Tree Preservation and Landscape Plans, Landscape Installation Certification Form
Various (see application) Word
Signature Entrance Application 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. $150 Word
Outdoor Sale, Display & Storage Application for a plan to place or stockpile items outside a building. Assures items are located appropriately to mitigate adverse impacts on adjacent properties and right-of-ways. This application is not required when subject to another development plan review. No fee Word
Construction Plan Review Application for construction plan review by the transportation planning division. $210 Word

 

Conditional Use Permit Applications

Name

Description

Fee

Link

Conditional Use Permit 
Pre-Application

Application for a preliminary evaluation of a proposed conditional use.

$150

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Conditional Use Permit Formal Application

Application for a conditional use. A CUP requires approval from the Board of Zoning Adjustment or the Planning Commission when requested in conjunction with a zoning change request. A pre-application is required prior to submitting this application.


A Tree Removal Affidavit is required as part of this application. Please click here for the affidavit form.

 $1,000 (general)

$500 (bed and breakfast inns/short term rentals)

$300 (accessory apartments/home occupations/duplexes)

Word 

Short Term Rental Conditional Use Permit Pre-Application

Pre-application for a short term rental conditional use permit.

$150

Word

Short Term Rental Conditional Use Permit Formal Application Application for a short term rental conditional use permit. $500 Word

Modified Conditional Use Permit

A revision to an existing conditional use permit.

$300

Word 

 

Variance Applications

Name

Description

Fee

Link

Variance

A departure from the dimensional terms of the Land Development Code regulations pertaining to height, width, length, or location of structures and size of yards or open spaces.

Various (see application)

Word

Modified Variance   

A revision to a previously approved variance.

$100

Word

 

Waiver Applications

Name

Description

Fee

Link

General Waiver

Application to reduce or eliminate a Land Development Code requirement, which cannot be modified through a variance.

$225

Word

Sidewalk Waiver

Application to waive, or partially waive, the requirement to construct sidewalks.

$225

Word 

Tree Canopy Waiver

Application to reduce the amount of tree canopy required with a development.

$225

Word 

Parking Waiver

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.

Various (see application)

PDF  

Joint/Off-Site Parking Plan

Application for the sharing of a parking area or space for more than one establishment if peak parking demands occur at different times.

$60

Word

Right-Of-Way Dedication Waiver

Application to reduce or eliminate public right-of-way dedications.

No fee

Word

 

Street-Related Applications

Name

Description

Fee

Link

Street & Alley Closure 
Pre-Application
Application for preliminary evaluation of a proposed street or alley closure.

$150 

Word
Street & Alley Closure Application to close a street or alley. A pre-application is required prior to submitting this application.

$600

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Street & Alley Name Change Application to change the name of a street or alley.

$300

PDF 

 

Zoning Certifications and Confirmations

Name

Description

Fee

Link

Zoning Certification

Request 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

Word

Zoning Confirmation

Request for letter confirming the zoning of a property.

$25

Word

Landscape Installation Certification Form to certify that required landscaping has been installed in accordance with an approved landscape plan. No fee PFD

 

Historic Preservation Certificates of Appropriateness Applications

Name

Description

Fee

Link

Certificate of Appropriateness

Application for a Historic Preservation Certificate of Appropriateness or Overlay District Permit to allow for physical changes to the exterior of a building, structure, or property that has been designated as a local landmark or located within a local preservation district or design overlay district.

No fee

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Certificate of Appropriateness (Tree Removal)

Application for a Historic Preservation Certificate of Appropriateness to remove a tree.

No fee

Word

 

Overlay District Applications

Name

Description

Fee

Link

Overlay Permit (DDRO, BROD, or NROD) 

Application for a Overlay District Permit to allow for physical changes to the exterior of a building, structure, or property within a design overlay district.

No fee

Word

Floyds Fork DRO

Application for non-exempt development within the Floyds Fork Overlay District.

Various (see application)

Word

 

Other Forms and Applications

Name

Description

Fee

Link

Affidavit of Notification

A written, sworn statement of fact confirming that public notices were mailed to the appropriate parties.

 No Fee

Word

BOZA Appeal

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.

$100 + legal ad

Word

Home Occupation Application to allow an occupant of a residence located on residentially zoned property to engage in a home occupation, trade, profession, or business (e.g. in-home daycare). $25 Word

Cell Tower

Application for an antenna tower for cellular telecommunication or personal communication services.

$2,500

Word

Change in Nonconforming Use to Another Nonconforming Use

Application for a change from a lawful nonconforming use to another nonconforming use if the new nonconforming use is in the same or more restrictive classification and upon finding that the new nonconforming use will be no more odious or offensive to surrounding properties than the first nonconforming use.

No Fee

Word

Community Facility Review

The review of a community facility such as a Metro park, MSD facility, JCPS facility, firehouse, etc.

No Fee

Word

Community/ Market Garden

Application for community or market gardens.

No Fee

Word

Extension of Expiration

Application to request an extension to an approved development plan.

$250

Word 

Factory Built Housing

Application for factory built housing to be placed on a lot zoned for residential use.

 No Fee

Word

Nonconforming Rights Determination

A 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.

 No Fee

Word

Short Term Rental Annual Registration Form

A form that must be completed every year to register a short term rental. Each form registers one short term rental.

$100

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Temporary Activities

Application to allow a temporary activity as defined in the Land Development Code.

$25

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Petitions for Planning Commission Public Hearing in the Evening and/or at an Alternative Location 

Name

Description

Fee

Link

Downtown Location

A petition to allow for a public hearing to be held at 5:30 p.m. or later downtown (514 West Liberty Street).

No Fee      

Word

Convenient Location

A 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.

No Fee

Word

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