Zoning regulates the use and development of land. It is designed to protect property values by preventing the location of incompatible uses in close proximity to each other. City Planning involves the development of programs, plans, and policies for the creation of a better community. Zoning and City Planning are closely related. The City Planning Department develops and administrates the Zoning Code, and it is one of the ways the planning is implemented. Zoning is enforced by the Fire Prevention Division. The Zoning Code regulates the use and development of all private property in the City. The Zoning Code does not regulate the use of the public right-of-way including streets, sidewalks, trees, and lawn. Use of the public right-of-way is controlled by other chapters of the Code of Ordinances.
The Zoning Ordinance is Section 126 of the Paducah Code of Ordinances. Since these ordinances are amended often, please contact the Planning Department at 270-444-8690 or by email to make sure you have the latest version.
Your residence or business property is located on a parcel (or in some cases several parcels) of land, and each parcel is assigned to a zoning district. There are 19 zoning classifications in Paducah which include categories of residential, civic center, office, business, downtown, industrial, conservation, and mixed use. To determine the zoning district of your property, click Maps or contact the Planning Department at 270-444-8690.
Paducah has launched Scope My Project, online tools centered around business development and project scoping. The portals will help guide citizens, entrepreneurs, developers, contractors, and business owners who are embarking on complex projects, such a starting a new business or a renovation project, through the City’s permitting requirements. These tools are designed to increase communication, enhance availability, and eliminate confusion.
Zoning Portal: The Zoning Portal allows users to explore where different business types are permitted throughout Paducah.
Business Permitting Portal: The Business Permitting Portal, a project scoping tool, guides the user to specific license, permits, and requirements for constructing, renovating, and developing a business in Paducah. After answering the questions, a summary specific to the project can be downloaded. This summary will include zoning information, permits needed, and a preliminary estimate of permit fees.
The portals also include links to contact City staff, set up a kick-start meeting, and an opportunity to create a free account to save project information and start the application process.