Zoning involves the division of land into areas known as zoning districts. These districts serve as a tool to guide and direct growth and development. Districts and their rules are found in a document known as the Zoning Ordinance. You can consider the Zoning Ordinance as the local rule book for development.
There are many rules and each development is unique, but don’t worry. The City offers pre-development meetings to answer questions about your specific project.
Zoning Ordinance of the City of Park Ridge
Zoning LookupUse the Community Portal search tool to look up the zoning for an address (select the "Zoning Information" tab).
The Zoning Map is updated annually and can be found here.
Zoning DistrictsIn Park Ridge there are two main categories of districts, Residential and Commercial. The main districts for each category are listed below:
Residential: Single-Family (R-1) and (R-2), Two-Family (R-3), and Mutli-Family (R-4)
Commercial: Office (O), Retail and Office (B-1), General Commercial (B-2), General Commercial, Wholesale, and Service (B-3), and Uptown (B-4).
Each district has a list of permitted (allowed) uses. You can find the list of permitted residential uses in Section 7.2 and the commercial uses in Section 8.3 of the Zoning Ordinance. Some uses may have rules that apply only to them but not to others. Use rules are found in Section 10.3..
Accessory Buildings Structures and Uses
In addition to the principal (main) use, there may be accessory buildings, uses or structures. Fences, garages, and mechanical equipment are a few examples. Rules for accessory buildings, structures and uses are found in Section 11.4 of the Zoning Ordinance. Other sections of the Zoning Ordinance contain rules for parking, lighting, signs, and more.
Yard and Bulk
Each district has required yards and bulk rules. Residential rules are found in section 7.3 and commercial in section 8.4
The Zoning Calculations Workbook can help accurately calculate Floor Area Ratio (FAR), Lot Coverage (LC) as well as Open Space (OS)
Setbacks and Encroachments
The required yards determine the setback for the principal (main) building. However, certain accessory uses may encroach (be located) in a required yard. Section 11.5 lists uses and the yards they may encroach into.
StaffDrew Awsumb (Director) - 847-318-5296, firstname.lastname@example.org
Claudia Hampel (Planner/Zoning Coordinator) - 847-318-5463, email@example.com
Richard Peters (Planner/Zoning Coordinator) - 847 318 5203, firstname.lastname@example.org