Planning & Development

Land Use Zoning and Applications

Zoning regulations are the most commonly used tool for implementing the community’s goals and policies as expressed in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Small Area Plans. 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 includes permitted uses; minimum lot area and setback requirements; development standards concerning parking, landscaping, screening, lighting, sustainability, signs and fences, lot subdivision and connectivity requirements; environmental regulations about wetlands, flood plains, streams, and storm water; and special rules for the airport, college area, Skyline Parkway, and historic properties.

Some types of uses or development require administrative approval, or approval from the Planning Commission or City Council. Checklists and application forms are all available online.

The official zoning maps for the city are in electronic format, and can be viewed in Community Planning’s interactive online map. You can also view layers relating to Future Land Use, Streams, Shoreland Management Zones, Floodways, and the Skyline Parkway Overlay, under the layers tab in the upper left hand corner.  Aerial and topographical information are also available under the basemap gallery tab in the upper left hand corner.

To see items that the Planning Commission has reviewed recently, including agendas, minutes, and staff reports, more information can be found on the Planning Commission page.

Other Online Information

eTRAKiT is maintained by the City of Duluth; a text search allows you to verify zoning and other property information

The St. Louis County Land Explorer is an interactive map of all of St. Louis County, including the city of Duluth. It shows zoning, tax valuation, parcel records, and other information.

Historic zoning code information: March 2009 Zoning Code and Maps, and November 2010 Unified Development Chapter and Maps