Historic Zoning Codes and Maps

Older zoning codes and maps may assist with the determination of whether an existing structure or use is legal, non-conforming. To be considered non-conforming, and therefore "grandfathered" under the older zoning codes, the structure or use must have conformed to the code in place at the time it was established.


Zoning Codes



1981 Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations

Download the 1981 Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations as they existing in 2007 (shortly before the adoption of the Unified Development Code). Go to Title 15 for the Subdivision Regulations (page 253 of the document) and Title 16 for the Zoning Code (page 317 of the document).

Please note: at least one error has been noted regarding the use chart in this version of the zoning code. Download the Codes Chart of 1998 for a more comprehensive analysis of the permitted uses for each zoning district. This use chart was created by the Office of Construction Code Enforcement in 1998 to include specific uses not listed in the zoning code, as well as reflect interpretations made by the Building Official regarding individual uses.

1955 Zoning Code


Download the 1955 Zoning Code. Prior to the adoption of the 1981 Zoning Code, the last prior overhaul to the Code was in 1955, which coincided with the merger of the Memphis and Shelby County Planning Commissions.

1922 Zoning Code


Download the 1922 Zoning Code. This was the first zoning code not only in Memphis, but in the State of Tennessee.


Zoning Maps



Zoning Over the Years

View a stylized map that compares the original zoning districts of Memphis in 1922 with the present zoning districts in 2016. Note: this map covers only the areas within the city limits of Memphis in 1922.

1960 Zoning Map

Access the zoning map for the 5-mile zone outside of the City of Memphis in place in 1960. 

 

1954 Zoning Map


  • View the zoning map for the northwest quadrant of the City
  • View the zoning map for the northeast quadrant of the City 
  • View the zoning map for the southwest quadrant of the City
  • View the zoning map for the southeast quadrant of the City


1953 Zoning Maps
 

  • View the zoning map for the west half of the City of Memphis
  • View the zoning map for the northeast quadrant of the City
  • View the zoning map for the southeast quadrant of the City
  • View the zoning map for the west half of the 5-mile zone
  • View the zoning map for the east half of the 5-mile zone
1922 Zoning Map
Download the original zoning map that was in place for the City of Memphis in 1922.



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