Zoning Code

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For Questions and Assistance

Certified Building Department
121 E. Chestnut Street
Suite 102
Lancaster OH 43130


The City of Lancaster initially adopted a zoning code in 1939.  In 2001 the zoning code was completely revised to meet the needs of 21st century development.  Like most codes, it is divided into Residential, Commercial and Industrial sections with provisions for Planned Unit Developments as well as overlays for our Historic District, Wellhead Protection areas and our Special Flood Hazard areas.

The zoning code is administered by the Certified Building Department.

You can access the City of Lancaster Zoning code here.
You can request a change of zoning classification or "rezoning".  The rezoning process requires a public hearing by the Lancaster City Planning Commission which will make a recommendation to the Lancaster City Council.  Lancaster City Council must also hold a public hearing.  This process can usually be completed within 90-120 days.  A rezoning application can be found here.

You can also request a Special Exception or variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals.