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On-Line Zoning Definitions

Planning Department

All land within the corporate limits of Oklahoma City is classified into one of 40 zoning districts or overlay districts:

Agricultural (AA) creates and preserves areas intended primarily for agricultural purposes and permits residential development on minimum five (5) acre lot sizes.

Single Family Rural Residential (R-A) provides single-family residential housing in the rural development areas on minimum one (1) acre lot sizes.

Single Family Residential (R-1) provides for urban scale single-family residential development.

Single Family Residential Zero Lot Line (R-1ZL) provides for urban scale single-family detached homes with a zero side yard setback.

Medium-Low Density Residential (R-2) provides for single-family and duplex residential development.

Medium Density Residential (R-3) provides for single-family through four-plex development with a maximum density of 24.89 dwelling units per acre.

Medium Density Multifamily Residential (R-3M) provides for multiple-family developments with a maximum density of 19.8 dwelling units per acre and maximum of eight (8) units attached.

Medium High Density Multifamily Residential (R-4M) provides for multiple-family developments with a maximum density of 24.89 dwelling units per acre.

General Residential District (R-4) provides for multiple-family developments with a maximum density of 34.84 dwelling units per acre.

Mobile Home Subdivision (R-MH-1) is a restrictive residential area with freestanding mobile homes used as single residences on individual lots.

Mobile Home Park (R-MH-2) permits locations for mobile home parks.

Limited Office (O-1) a commercial area intended to provide a location for those administrative and professional offices which can occupy smaller structures.

General Office (O-2) a commercial area intended to provide a place for those office an institutional activities that require separate buildings or building groups.

Neighborhood Commercial (C-1) provides a location for a limited number of retail commercial uses which serve the day-to-day needs of the residents of surrounding neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Business (NBD) promotes a mix of commercial, office, and residential uses which serve the day-to-day needs of its residents and residents of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Shopping Center (C-2) provides for a unified grouping, in one or more buildings, of retail shops, stores, and offices which are planned and developed as an operating unit.

Community Commercial (C-3) intended for the conduct of business activity which is located at the edge of residential areas but which serves a larger trade area than the immediately surrounding residential neighborhoods.

General Business (C-4) provides for a wide range of heavy commercial and limited industrial activity.

Central Business (C-CBD) a commercial area intended for the conduct of all forms of business activity within the central area of the City.

Downtown Business District (DBD) intended for the conduct of all forms of business activity, including mixed-uses in a single building, within the central area of the City. Limited industrial uses are permitted upon individual review and the issuance of a Special Permit. A Downtown Design Review and Certificate of Approval is required for all Projects, public and private, located in the DBD.

Downtown Transitional District Limited (DTD-1) is to promote a high quality mix ofcommercial, office, and residential uses, including mixed-uses in a single building, for areas adjacent to the Downtown Business District (DBD). A Downtown Design Review and Certificate of Approval is required for all Projects, public and private, located in the DTD-1.

Downtown Transitional District General (DTD-2) is to promote a high quality mix of commercial, office, residential, and industrial uses, including mixed-uses in a single building, for areas adjacent to the Downtown Business District (DBD). A Downtown Design Review and Certificate of Approval is required for all Projects, public and private, located in the DTD-2.

Highway Commercial District (C-HC) provides commercial facilities for the traveling public along freeways.

Light Industrial (I-1) accommodates low impact industrial development where little or no nuisance effects are generated.

Moderate Industrial (I-2) intended primarily for the conduct of light manufacturing, assembling, and fabrication, and for warehousing, wholesale, and service uses which may generate moderate impacts on surrounding uses.

Heavy Industrial (I-3) provides locations for those industrial uses which may generate relatively high levels of impact on surrounding uses.

Historic Preservation District (HP) is a residential zoning district that provides regulations and restrictions to preserve some of the finest and most valuable resources of the City.  A Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Commission is required for all projects located in the HP District.

Historic Landmark District (HL) is an overlay zoning district that provides regulations and restrictions to preserve some of the finest and most valuable resources of the City.  A Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Commission is required for all projects located in the HP District.

Alcoholic Beverage Overlay Districts (ABC-1, ABC-2, and ABC-3) are overlay zoning districts that regulate the location for sales and consumption  of beer, wine and mixed beverages.

Scenic River Overlay District (SROD) is intended to promote health, safety, cultural and economics of the area. The underlying zoning on the property, designated by the regular zoning district regulations of this code shall continue to regulate the use and development of land, unless expressly modified by the overlay regulations.

Neighborhood Conservation District (NC) is intended to encourage, promote, and facilitate the conservation and/or revitalization of a specific inner city area.

Bricktown Core Development (BC) is a mixed-use district that allows for a wide range of commercial, residential, office, warehouse, and moderate and moderate and limited industrial uses.  A Certificate of Approval from the Bricktown Urban Design Commission is required for all projects located in the BC District.

Stockyards City Development District and Stockyards City Transitional Development District (SYD & SYCDD) is a mixed use commercial district intended for the conduct of commercial, office and limited industrial uses.  A Stockyards City Certificate of Approval from the Stockyards City Urban Design Committee is required for all projects located in the SYCDD District.

Classen Boulevard Overlay District (CBO) is an overlay zoning district that prohibits the use of exterior metal finish on buildings and permits off-site parking along a specific segment of the Classen Boulevard corridor.

Urban Design District (UD) is an overlay district intended to enhance the appearance of the district through preservation of historic buildings and features, by encouraging architectural innovation in new construction and rehabilitation of existing buildings. The underlying zoning on the property designated by the regular zoning district regulate the use and development of land unless expressly modified by the overlay regulations.  A Certificate of Approval from the Urban Design Commission is required for all projects located in the UD District.

Manufactured Home Overlay District (MHOD) is intended to provide affordable infill housing in select areas of the City.

Twenty-Third Street Uptown Corridor Overlay District (23UPTWN) is an overlay zoning district that encourages neighborhood oriented commercial development along a select segment of the NW 23rd Street corridor.

Planned Unit Development (PUD) is a special zoning district that provides an alternate approach to conventional land use controls.  The PUD is subject to special review procedures, and once approved by the City Council, it becomes a the zoning classification for the property it represents.

Simplified Planned Unit Development (SPUD) is a special zoning district category that provides a simplified alternate approach to conventional land use controls. The SPUD is subject to special review procedures, and once approved by the City Council, it becomes the zoning classification for the property it represents.

Cluster Housing (CH) is a form of planned development whereby residential units are grouped or bunched together through a density transfer in order to provide an improved design, more efficient construction techniques, community green or open space, shared parking or access, and other amenities that might not be obtainable through conventional development.