Office of Planning and Development: Land Use Controls

The Land Use Control Section (LUC) of the Office of Planning and Development processes and analyzes applications for zoning changes, subdivision of property and land development actions. LUC serves as the staff to the Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board and Board of Adjustment.

Contact Information

Names and contact information for members of the Office of Planning and Development are found at the bottom of this page. Send an email for general inquiries about zoning matters, or call 901-576-6601. Zoning letter applications may be found on this page.

The Zoning Code

(the Unified Development Code)
Download the current Unified Development Code (the "UDC"), which serves as the Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations for the City of Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County.
Quick Guide to the UDC:

  • 2.5.2: This use table indicates which uses are permitted by zoning district (see zoning atlas for district boundaries).
  • 2.6: This section contains special regulations for specified uses.
  • 2.7: This section deals with accessory uses and accessory structures.
  • 2.9: This section contains an exhaustive list of uses, organized by the categories used in 2.5.2.
  • 3.6.1: This section contains the building setbacks for the single-family zoning districts.
  • 3.7.2: This section contains the building setbacks for the multi-family zoning districts.
  • 3.10.2: This section contains the building setbacks for the commercial and industrial zoning districts.
  • 4.1: This table lays out the types of construction that triggers various sections of the UDC.
  • 4.5.3: This section contains parking ratios for particular uses.
  • 4.6.7: This section deals with fence height and type.
  • 4.9: This section contains the sign regulations.*
  • 7 and 8: These chapters deal with the special purpose and overlay district regulations (see this map for boundaries).
  • 9.12.3B(3): This sections lays out the types of construction that triggers review by City/County Engineering.**
*Under this written interpretation, any change in technology of a nonconforming billboard is prohibited.
**Refer to this page for instructions on submitting plans to City Engineering for its review.

UDC Blog: View the blog that chronicles the history of the amendments to the UDC.

Historic Zoning Codes: View the Zoning Codes and Maps that were adopted prior to the UDC.

Supportive Living Facilities: Federal law permits smaller supportive living facilities, such as halfway houses and drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, to be located in single-family residences, regardless of local zoning regulations. However, all such facilities must be licensed by the State of Tennessee. This page provides a search tool for all licensed supportive living facilities.

Mobile Food Trucks: Download the mobile food truck ordinance. View the mobile food truck ordinance, as codified (Sec. 9-52-86 of the City of Memphis Code of Ordinances

Maps and Zoning Atlas

  • View the Zoning Atlas for Memphis and Shelby County.
  • View a map showing the arterial and collector streets throughout Memphis and Shelby County. Various sections of the UDC reference arterial and collector streets. Access the homepage of the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization, which contains an interactive map showing these arterial and collector streets.
  • Access the historic zoning atlases that were adopted prior to the UDC.

Overlay Districts

  • View a map of the Overlay and Special Purpose districts throughout Memphis.
  • Access a list of projects approved in the Overlay Districts since their separate inceptions.
  • Go to the "Application Forms" section below, then "Administrative Applications" to download an Overlay District application.
  • University District Overlay. The University District Overlay was adopted on Third and Final Reading by the Memphis City Council on July 7, 2009. Also on July7, 2009, the Memphis City Council adopted a comprehensive plan and a comprehensive rezoning for the area. The materials associated with these approvals are found below.

Pending Applications

View pending applications that have been filed with OPD.

Application Forms, Deadlines and Fees

Download various application forms.



Annexation Page

See the OPD's annexation page, which contains maps and other materials related to annexation in Shelby County. 

Land Use Controls Staff

City Hall
125 N. Main Street, Ste. 468
Memphis, TN 38104
Josh Whitehead, Administrator/Planning Director, 576-6601
Chip Saliba, Manager, Land Use Controls, 576-6601
Brian Bacchus, Municipal Planner, 576-6601
Don Jones, Municipal Planner, 576-6601
Kirstin Kettley, Municipal Planner, 576-6601
Jeffrey Penzes, Municipal Planner, 576-6601
Staci Tillman, Municipal Planner, 576-6601
Keva Jackson, Planning Technician, 576-6601

Land Use Controls - East Office

6565 Mullins Station Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Burk Renner, Manager, East Office, 222-8387

Comments or suggestions on the helpfulness of this website should be emailed to Josh Whitehead