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DAB 201 - Zoning Property and What It Means

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Each property within the City of Colorado Springs is part of a zone district, which is a delineated area in which all land and structures are governed by a specific group of use and development standards. The City is organized into residential, commercial, office, industrial, and public facility zones.

What is my property zoned?

To find the zone of a particular piece of property, you may visit  “Springsview,”  an aerial mapping application. Through this application, you can search by property address or Tax Schedule Number to zoom into the property and find the zone district.

Figure 1: A snapshot of the zoning districts near Constitution Avenue and Murray Boulevard

Figure 1: A snapshot of the zoning districts near Constitution Avenue and Murray Boulevard

If the website cannot fulfill your needs, call the main Land Use Review Division phone number at (719) 385-5905.

Which are the residential zones?

Which are the residential zones? Within the City of Colorado Springs are several residential zones:

  • A (Agricultural)
  • R (Estate Single-Family Residential)
  • R1-9000 (Single-Family Residential)
  • R1-6000 (Single-Family Residential)
  • R-2 (Two-Family Residential)
  • R-4 (Multi-Family Residential)
  • R-5 (Multi-Family Residential)
  • PUD (Planned Unit Development)
  • SU (Special Use); and
  • TND (Traditional Neighborhood Development).

The different zones accommodate different sizes of properties, from the large single-family lots (A, R, R1-9000) to the smaller and more dense developments (R-2, R-4, R-5). Many parts of town include several residential zones within housing areas. The Special Use zone, however, is generally located within close proximity to a college campus.

Each residential zone district has its own use restrictions and development standards, which include lot coverage maxima, setbacks, and building height. Common standards for principal buildings appear in the

 following table. Before any building or development is undertaken, contact the Regional Building Department at (719) 327-2880 to find out if a building permit is needed.

Table 1: Residential Development Standards

Table 1:

Residential Development Standards

*Lot Coverage depends on building height; consult Land Use Review for more information


Which are the Office and Commercial Zones?

The City features five (5) office and commercial zones:

  • OR (Office Residential)
  • OC (Office Complex)
  • PBC (Planned Business Center)
  • C-5 (Intermediate Business); and
  • C-6 (General Business).

Each commercial zone allows certain uses from the less intense Office to the more intense Automotive Services. The OR and OC zones are generally located adjacent to residential developments and serve as a buffer to the more commercial zones of PBC, C-5 and C-6. For information about development standards, see the table below.

Table 2:

Commercial Development Standards

**Setbacks may apply in certain cases; contact Land Use Review for more information.


Which are the Industrial Zones?

Industrial zones include the following:

  • PIP-1 (Planned Industrial Park)
  • PIP-2 (Planned Industrial Park)
  • M-1 (Light Industrial); and
  • M-2 (Heavy Industrial).

Like both residential and commercial zones, each industrial zone regulates its own set of uses and development standards. The industrial zones also increase in allowable use intensity, ranging from the less intense PIP-1 to the more intense M-2. Design standards in these zones follow.

Table 3:

 Industrial Development Standards

***Setbacks differ when adjacent to residential development; contact Land Use Review for more information.


What should I do if I want to change something on my property?

These standards are only a part of a Section of the City Zoning Code. If you are planning to establish or change a use or build a structure, a pre-application meeting is strongly recommended. Visit the Land Use Review Division’s Forms and Applications page at the following address to go to the pre-application form.

 For other general information on uses and development standards, see FAQs 202, 203, 301, 302, 401 & 402.

This information is general in nature and is not a substitute for a pre-application meeting with a planner. Homeowners, contractors and others wishing to build on a property should be aware of all other applicable Codes and Regulations prior to undertaking development.