Overview

Zoning determines the size, shape, style, and location of buildings in a given area.

How Zoning Works

Zoning is local governments’ primary tool for regulating development. Through zoning, city governments transform broad policy goals into property-specific requirements.

Los Angeles's General Plan and Community Plans articulate the City’s vision for land use.

Understanding the Zoning of a Property

There are two steps to understanding a property’s zoning.

First, consult a zoning map to determine which zone the property falls in. To use the City’s web-based zoning map, click the Zoning Information Map Access System (ZIMAS) button below.

The second step is checking the Zoning Code to determine what can and cannot be built in the property’s zone. The Zoning Code spells out development regulations from the maximum allowable height, massing, and positioning of a building to parking requirements. Learn more in the Guide to the Zoning String.

 

Changes to the Code

The City updates the Zoning Code regularly to reflect changes in policy. Currently, the Department is also working on re:code LA, a comprehensive revision of the Zoning Code. The re:code LA project aims to simplify the Code and make it more responsive to the City’s evolving needs by incorporating new, modern zoning tools. See the Zoning Code Updates page for more details.