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.