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Planning and Zoning

Permits

Do I need a permit?
Any work on your house or property that is not maintenance requires a permit.
What type of permit do I need?
Permits can be located under Documents in the Planning and Zoning Menu.

Zoning Permit
If your project involves constructing something new, such as a garage, shed, deck, or new house. Zoning permits are good for one year, and the project must be started within 120 days of issuance.
Zoning Permit Fee: $20.00

Improvement Permit
If you are improving your property, such as redesigning, remodeling, or altering such as a roof, windows, doors, siding, etc. Improvement permits are good for one year, and the project must be started within 120 days of issuance.
Improvement Permit Fee: $20.00

Sign Permit
If you are adding, modifying, or altering a sign on your property. 
Sign Permit Fee: $40.00
What are the fence regulations?
Fence regulations can be found under Aurora City Code §153.076.
What are the sign regulations?
Sign regulations can be found under Aurora City Code §150.35.

Zoning

What are zoning setbacks?
Setbacks ensure that the City has a uniform appearance and the safety of the residents.  If you are not able to meet these setbacks due to hardship, you may apply for a variance.
What is a variance?

In instances where the strict enforcement of the required Zoning Setbacks would cause undue hardship because of circumstances unique and distinctive to an individual property, the City shall have the power to grant variances, in keeping with the spirit and intent of this chapter of Aurora City Code. A variance is a waiver of the zoning code for the specific instance requested.

Please note, however, circumstances caused by the property owner or any previous owner shall not constitute sufficient justification to grant a variance.

How do I apply for a variance?

When any proposed variance is initiated by an owner or owners of real estate in the City of Aurora, a variance application (found under documents in the Planning and Zoning menu) requesting the change must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office. A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 shall accompany the request.

All variance requests require a public hearing. Public hearings for variances are heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission. This Commission meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Variance requests must be received by the City Clerk’s Office at least 15 days prior to the Planning and Zoning meeting date.

All variance request applications shall contain the following information:

  1. The applicant’s name and address;
  2. A legal description and street address of the property;
  3. The name and address of the owner or owners of the said property;
  4. A map drawn to scale, clearly showing the property proposed use and existing uses.
How do I request the zoning of my property be changed?

As per Aurora City Code §153.005, when any proposed change of zoning is initiated by an owner or owners of real estate in the City of Aurora, a rezoning application (found under the Planning & Zoning Documents tab) requesting the change must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office. A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 shall accompany the request.

All rezoning requests require a public hearing. Public hearings for rezoning are heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission. This Commission meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Rezoning requests must be received by the City Clerk’s Office at least 15 days prior to the Planning and Zoning meeting date.

All rezoning request applications shall contain the following information:

  1. The applicant’s name and address;
  2. A legal description and street address of the property proposed to be reclassified;
  3. The name and address of the owner or owners of the said property;
  4. The present zoning classification and existing uses of the property proposed to be reclassified;
  5. The area of the property proposed to be reclassified, stated in square feet or acres, or fraction thereof; and,
  6. A map drawn to scale, clearly showing the property proposed to be reclassified and its present zoning classification and existing uses.