Zoning & Maps 


Click the respective links below to review the interactive Zoning Map (GIS) and Zoning Code (PDF):

Zoning Map

Zoning Code

CRA Maps - Community Reinvestment Areas

Historic Preservation District Map


The goal of the Planning & Zoning Code is to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Lorain while addressing the current challenges presented by changing land use patterns and further economic development efforts.


On January 4, 2021 the City of Lorain passed legislation (Ordinance 4-21) to replace the Planning & Zoning Code. As of February 5, 2021, the new Zoning Code is in full effect and in force. 

The Zoning code was developed by the City of Lorain Building, Housing & Planning Department in conjunction with the Lorain Planning Commission and Lorain City Council. All parties involved worked diligently to incorporate feedback received from the many work sessions conducted by the Building and Lands Committee of Lorain City Council. 

Planning & Zoning Division

The Planning and Zoning Administrator is tasked with enforcing the Zoning Code. The Administrator is the primary contact to answer zoning related questions, reviews and approves building permits, and serves as Secretary to the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Administrator also processes Conditional Use Permit Applications, Lot Split Applications, Plat Approval Applications, Reclassification of Property Applications, and Variance Applications to be considered for approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

For Planning & Zoning Commission meeting information, agendas & minutes visit the Planning & Zoning Commission page found HERE.