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The Unified Development Chapter (UDC) is the official body of rules and regulations to guide land use and development in the City of Duluth. It contains the city's zoning and subdivision regulations.  Click here for a link to the Duluth's Legislative Code online (hosted by

If you need help interpreting the UDC, please contact the Land Use Technicians in the City of Duluth’s One Stop Shop at 218-730-5240.  

The UDC, including all zoning maps, can be downloaded in one large Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file, or individual sections of the text and maps can be downloaded as individual .pdfs below. If you’d like to purchase a paper copy of the UDC, please contact the Land Use Technicians at 218-730-5240.  Anyone purchasing a UDC will receive information from City staff periodically to keep the document current.  The UDC posted below is current, and includes the amending ordinances that were adopted in 2016.

Interactive Map 

UDC, Effective November 14, 2016



Article 1: General Provisions 

(Sections 50-1 to 50-12)   

Article 2: Zone Districts  

(Sections 50-13 to 50-18) Includes information on zone district minimum requirements (such as lot area and frontage), flood plains and flood hazard management, shoreland, stormwater, and overlay districts (natural resources, historic, airport, skyline, and higher education).

Special Purpose Districts



Permitted Uses


Article 3: Permitted Uses 

(Sections 50-19 to 50-20) Includes a table of uses to determine where certain land uses are allowed, whether the use is allowed without special approvals (permitted use), after having obtained a Special Use Permit (special use), after having obtained an Interim Use Permit (interim use), or if the use is a use only allowed as an accessory to a principal use (accessory use) or temporary use.  Use specific standards are given after the use table to describe special conditions apply to certain uses.

Article 4: Development Standards  

(Sections 50-21 to 50-34) Includes information on form districts, site connectivity, parking, landscaping, screening, signs, sustainability, building design standards, exterior lighting, plat design, and maintenance and operating standards.

Zoning Landscape2

Zoning Amendment

Article 5: Administration & Procedures

(Sections 50-35 to 50-39)  Includes information on review and approval processes, treatment of uses, buildings, and lots that were legal before an amendment to the UDC made them nonconforming with the new rules, and enforcement procedures and penalties.

Article 6: Definitions

(Sections 50-40 to 50-41)  Includes definitions of terms used in the UDC.

Replacement Pages

This attachment includes pages (as of November 14, 2016) that should replace the existing ones in the May 29, 2015 UDC.  

2017 and 2018 Ordinances

The following amendment ordinances were adopted in 2017 and early 2018.  The UDC will be reprinted in early to mid 2018, and will incorporate these changes.

Ordinance 10509 Parking and Loading

Ordinance 10513 Parking Lots and Kennels

Ordinance 10514 Vacation Dwellings

Ordinance 10522 Heights in Form Districts

Ordinance 10526 Successive Zoning Applications

Ordinance 10561 Administrative Adjustments for Parking

Ordinance 10562 Fencing and Screening

Ordinance 10563 Filling Stations, Auto Service Stations, and Permitted Use Table

Ordinance 10570 Shoreland Rules and Stairs and Decks (Approved 5/29/18)


UDC Interpretations

In accordance with Section 50-10, the Land Use Supervisor is authorized to interpret provisions of the UDC, including uses not already classified as well as any provisions that may be ambiguous.  These interpretations are an interim step until the City Council can officially amend the UDC.  Below are the interpretations made since the last UDC update:

  • None at this time.


Regulating and District Plans

Sites zoned Residential-Planned (R-P) and Mixed Use-Planned (MU-P) are required to have a regulating plan to govern land uses and development of their specific area.  Below are recent regulating plans.

Sites zoned Mixed Use Institutional (MU-I) are encouraged to have an adopted MU-I District Plan for their sites.  Below are some recent MU-I District Plans:

Adam Fulton
Manager, Community Planning Division
City Hall, Room 110
411 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 730-5580


Keith Hamre
Director, Planning & Construction Services
(218) 730-5580


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