Unified DEvelopment ordinance to take effect on august 30th, 2021 

The Full Text is available here: Unified Development Ordinance

Transitional Period: The new ordinance "UDO" will take effect on August 30, 2021. Any development application submitted and accepted as complete prior to August 30th but still pending final action shall be reviewed and decided in accordance with the regulations in effect when the application accepted. Any development approvals granted prior to August 30th shall remain valid until their expiration date. All new submittals on or after August 30th will be reviewed in accordance with the UDO. For more information on the transitional period, please see Section 17-1.8 of the UDO. 

The Zoning Division

The City of Columbia uses zoning regulations to preserve, protect, and support the use of existing residences, businesses, and properties. We strive to provide a reasonable expectation of how areas will develop and change over time. Zoning is the tool for carrying out the planning policies of the City.

The Zoning Division enforces the City of Columbia's Zoning Ordinance by reviewing permit applications, responding to complaints regarding violations, and managing the Board of Zoning Appeals.