Application Forms, Deadlines and Fees

1. Links to Application Forms

Land Use Control Board Applications

Access applications to be filed with the Land Use Control Board (these include planned developments, special use permits, subdivisions, etc.).

Board of Adjustment Applications

View applications to be filed with the Board of Adjustment (these include variances and appeals).

Administrative Applications

Access applications to be filed administratively with OPD (these include zoning letters, administrative deviations, overlay district submittals, etc.).

2. General Rules for Application Submittals

All applications to the Office of Planning and Development are found below. In all instances, when submitting digital copies to OPD, please save all materials on a single PDF.

Review Tables

View the table that summarizes the departments, boards and bodies that review the following applications (this is derived from Section 9.2.2 of the UDC). Click here for contact information on the other departments and agencies (such as City and County Engineering and MLGW) that review land use matters.
View the table that summarizes the public hearing and notification requirements for the following applications (this is derived from Sub-Section 9.3.4A of the UDC).

View a flowchart that explains the review process by application type, as well as the expected review time for each.

Sign Posting

Some of the applications below require a sign to be posted on the site, according to Section 9.3.4A of the UDC (look for the items with an "SP" indicated under the column entitled "Sign Posted"). Section 9.3.4C of the UDC explains the sign posting requirements, which also requires the applicant to fill out and sign an affidavit and take a photograph of the sign on the site. Download templates of the sign in a PowerPoint document.

Neighborhood Notification

A few of the applications below (some rezonings and all new planned developments, special use permits and major subdivisions) require a neighborhood meeting prior to the Land Use Control Board. Access  instructions on the neighborhood meeting. The annual calendar of Land Use Controls deadlines that is available below on this page includes the monthly deadline by which applicants must submit their neighborhood meeting notices to OPD for mailing. The UDC requires that all neighborhood associations within 1500 feet of a subject site must receive notice of the neighborhood meeting. To achieve this, it is suggested that notification be given to all associations within the planning district of the subject site. In addition, OPD staff will send monthly notification of all applications filed with the office to neighborhood associations registered with the Office of Community Affairs and Nextdoor (see "Pending Applications" section above).

View an updated list of the neighborhood association inside the City of Memphis prepared by the City of Memphis Office of Community Affairs, sorted by planning district. This list contains some associations in unincorporated Shelby County. Access a list of the neighborhood associations in unincorporated Shelby County; some of which are not included in the list prepared by the Office of Community Affairs.

This map contains the planning districts of Memphis and Shelby County and should assist in the determination of the district in which a subject site lies.

Pending Road Improvements

Road widening projects may have an impact on an application filed with OPD. The status of road projects included in the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), which is promulgated by the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization, may be gleaned from Chapter 8 of the LRTP. Specifically, page 8-41 of the LRTP contains a map of all pending road improvement projects. View a low-resolution copy of the map found on page 8-41. You may also contact Sajid Hossain at the MPO or Calvin Abram at the Tennessee Department of Transportation; these individuals will also be routed all applications.

Information on USPS Cluster Box Units

For multi-family and other projects that involve a centralized mailbox area, see the following list of materials: 
1. Builder and Developer Information Packet
2. National Delivery Planning Standards for Builders and Developers
3. Centralized Mail Delivery Residential Applications: A Guide
4. Mode of Delivery Agreement

Public Notice Tool

See this guide on how to use the public notice tool featured in the zoning atlas in order to provide the notification documents required within applications.

Application Assistance

Download a list of firms and individuals who frequently provide assistance with the filing of applications with the Office of Planning and Development. If you would like your firm to be added to this list, please contact Josh Whitehead.

3. Deadlines and Fees

  • View the 2020 Application Deadlines.
  • See the approved Fee Schedule, which includes fees for all Land Use Control Board, Board of Adjustment and LUC administrative items.
  • View the Fee Refund Resolution, which provides for refunds for fees if an application is withdrawn.

Land Use Controls Staff

Go to the bottom of the Office of Planning and Development homepage for contact information for staff.