Planning & Zoning
The Planning and Zoning Division is responsible for guiding the growth of the City of South Salt Lake.
What We Do
- The General Plan and Master Plans: With input from the public and stakeholders, the City establishes numerous master plans to guide the future vision and growth of the city. You can find these plans in the right sidebar.
- Zoning and Ordinances: Through the master planning and visioning process, the City establishes zoning regulations that are adopted into ordinance by the City Council.
- Land Use Procedures and Applications: Our staff works with applicants through the entitlement process on land use and development applications. This process starts with a predevelopment consultation application.
Once a predevelopment application has been submitted for review, staff outlines for the applicant the path forward through the entitlement process. Once fully entitled, our staff works with applicants to review and obtain applicable building permits and required inspections.
Land Use Applications
The Planning and Zoning Division handles all applications for new projects and development in SSL. These applications include:
- Predevelopment Application
- ADU Predevelopment Application - please see the ADU section below for more information
- Change of Address
- Conditional Use Permit
- Design Review
- Ordinance Amendment (Zoning Code and Zoning Map)Done Editing
- Nonconforming Use Determination (grandfathering)
- Petition to Vacate (public property via a Plat Application)
- Plats (New Plats, Plat Amendments, Consolidations, Subdivision)
Please contact staff with questions. Applications are available upon request and/or following a predevelopment consultation.
It is the applicant's responsibility to provide a complete application when submitting. Each application includes a checklist of required items that must be submitted along with the application. Applications are processed in the order they are received. Applicants are responsible for all 3rd party costs.
Once plans are submitted, they will be reviewed by Community Development and various city departments. Applications that are inconsistent with the South Salt Lake Municipal Code may be denied. Application submission does not guarantee placement of the applicant's petition on any particular agenda for the Planning Commission or City Council.
Predevelopment Application Consultations
To help you navigate the development and permit process, South Salt Lake offers predevelopment consultations by appointment. This is an opportunity for staff to do a preliminary review of your development proposal and provide feedback.
Please review the Predevelopment Checklist (PDF) before applying. Complete applications are currently accepted in person or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch with the planning staff.
Predevelopment Application Fee: $50.00
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
As of February 7, 2024, South Salt Lake now allows Internal and External ADUs in the R1 and RM land use districts. To see if you qualify to have an Internal or External ADU, review the SSL ADU Handbook. If you want to verify your zoning please use the Interactive Zoning Map. The full ADU Ordinance can be found here. If you have any questions regarding the general requirements, please call 801-483-6063 ext. 5 or email email@example.com.
ADU Predevelopment Application Fee: $50.00
Please be aware that a separate building permit is required for any structural change, remodel, or new construction in your home. However, the ADU Predevelopment application must be received by the Planning Department before a building permit or business license may be processed by the department.
Zoning & Land Use Zoning Codes
Applicants are advised to review current zoning codes to see if their project and use are suitable for the applicable location and zone. The following sections of the city code apply to planning and zoning:
- Interactive Zoning Map
- Zoning Map (PDF)
- Title 5 - Business Licensing
- Title 17 - Land Use
- Ordinance 2023-27 Land Use Code - Adopted 7/12/2023
- Ordinance 2023-29 Landscape Update - Adopted 10/11/2023
- Ordinance 2024-1 ADU Design & Permitted Use Standards - Adopted 2/7/2024
- East Streetcar Neighborhood Form-Based Code (PDF)
- Downtown Form-Based Code (PDF)
- All Other Zoning Codes
- Does the city allow ADUs?
- Where do I begin with my project?
The first step of any project is to review the Predevelopment Checklist (PDF) and submit a complete application via the online portal. Staff will complete a preliminary review of your concept plan to determine the next steps in your entitlement process.
- Who reviews a submitted application?
All applications are reviewed by multiple departments for compliance, including but not limited to, Planning and Zoning, Building, Engineering, Fire, and Legal.
- How long does it take for my application to be processed?
Complete applications are processed in the order they are received. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide complete documentation and any required updates based on review comments.
The timeframe to process an application will vary based on the complexity of the request. Application submission does not guarantee placement of the applicant's petition on any particular agenda for the Planning Commission or City Council. Our staff will work diligently to process applications in a timely manner.
- What are the fees for my application?
All application fees are outlined in the South Salt Lake Municipal Code Consolidated Fee Schedule.
- SSL ADU Handbook
- Downtown Form Based Code (PDF)
- East Streetcar Form Based Code (PDF)
- General Plan 2040 (PDF)
- General Plan 2040 - Appendix (PDF)
- The Crossing Master Plan (PDF)
- Landscape Handbook (PDF)
- Mobility Plan (PDF)
- Moderate Income Housing Plan - 2016 (PDF)
- Moderate Income Housing Plan - 2020 Annual Report (PDF)
- Parks, Open Space, Trails, and Community Center Master Plan (PDF)
- Ordinance 2023-27 Land Use Code - Adopted 7/12/2023
Please contact staff for all other applications.