Guidelines for Zoning Amendments

Zoning Map Changes

The purpose of the Zoning Map is to divide the city into zoning districts of such number, shape and area as deemed necessary to guide the most appropriate use of land and provide for administration and enforcement of the Stamford Zoning Regulations. The Stamford Charter directs that the Zoning Map shall not be amended by the Zoning Board to permit a use in an area which is contrary to the general land use established for such area by the Master Plan. (See Guideline to Master Plan Amendments).

After the application is filed it is referred to the Planning Board and other appropriate agencies for an advisory comment. All proposed amendments of the Zoning Map require a public hearing. An application cannot be scheduled for public hearing until 35 days have elapsed from the date of referral to the Stamford Planning Board.

The legal notice announcing the public hearing is prepared by the Land Use Bureau and submitted to the Stamford Advocate for publication. The applicant bears the cost of all legal notice publications. The applicant will be notified of the scheduled public hearing date and is separately responsible for preparing and mailing notice of the public hearing to all property owners within the vicinity of the land affected, in accordance with the requirements set forth in Section 20 of the Zoning Regulations.

Upon completion of the public hearing, the Zoning Board renders a decision on the application and publishes notice of its decision in the Stamford Advocate. Following publication, the decision becomes effective within ten days, unless the decision is referred for review by the Stamford Board of Representatives as defined in Section C6-40-5 of the Stamford Charter.

The official Zoning Map and Master Plan Maps are maintained and available for public inspection at the Land Use Bureau, 7th floor Government Center Building, 888 Washington Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06904, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.  Unfortunately, due to their size we are currently unable to make them available on this website.

Applications to amend the Zoning Map shall be submitted to the Offices of the Zoning Board on forms provided by the Land Use Bureau (available by clicking here) along with a filing fee and ten copies of an accurate map showing the area proposed for change.

Zoning Text Changes

The purpose of the Zoning Regulations is to establish uniform standards guiding the most appropriate use of land and buildings and controlling the height, bulk and setback of structures and site development standards. The Stamford Charter directs that the Zoning Regulations shall not be amended by the Zoning Board to permit a use in any area that is contrary to the general land use established for such area by the Master Plan. (See Guideline to Master Plan Amendments).

Applications to amend the Zoning Regulations shall be submitted to the Offices of the Zoning Board on forms provided by the Land Use Bureau (available by clicking here) along with a filing fee.

After the application is filed it is referred to the Planning Board and other appropriate agencies for an advisory comment. All proposed amendments of the Zoning Regulations require a public hearing. An application cannot be scheduled for public hearing until 35 days have elapsed from the date of referral to the Stamford Planning Board.

The legal notice announcing the public hearing is prepared by the Land Use Bureau and submitted to the Stamford Advocate for publication. The applicant bears the cost of all legal notice publications. The applicant will be notified of the scheduled public hearing date.

Upon completion of the public hearing, the Zoning Board renders a decision on the application and publishes notice of its decision in the Stamford Advocate. Following publication, the decision becomes effective within ten days, unless the decision is referred for review by the Stamford Board of Representatives as defined in Section C6-40-5 of the Stamford Charter.

The official Stamford Zoning Regulations are maintained and available for public inspection at the Land Use Bureau, 7th floor Government Center Building, 888 Washington Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06904, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.