Summit County Planning Department
The Planning Department is responsible for guiding the physical growth of Summit County in a manner that promotes the public interest. This is achieved through land use regulation, development review, long-range master planning and various special projects that aim to help sustain a viable community in Summit County.
The Summit County Planning Department administers land use reviews in accordance with the regulations in the Summit County Land Use and Development Code and other associated documents. The Land Use and Development Code includes regulations related to zoning, permitted uses, accessory units, setbacks, height, lighting, landscaping, signs and other development standards. The Code includes provisions related to subdivisions, rezonings, conditional use permits, site plans, and other processes to facilitate changes to property and the development of property. Find more information on Summit County development regulations.
Interactive Mapping Tool – Find Your Zoning
To understand land-use regulations that pertain to a property, it is important to know the zoning. View an interactive map (with a step-by-step guide) to determine the zoning for a property.
Planning Department Review of Building Permits
The Planning Department reviews building permits for compliance with planning-related regulations.
Development Process, Applications and Fees
The Planning Department processes six different classes of development review applications, ranging in review authority from Class 1 through Class 6. Find out about the development review process and associated fees for your project.
Summit County’s master plans set forth the goals, policies, and visions for the future of Summit County. These policies have a significant role in the review of subdivisions, rezonings, and other types of land use applications. The Planning Department is charged with updating the master plans on a periodic basis and works with the respective planning commission to adopt the updates to these plans.
The Planning Department provides basic demographic information on Summit County’s permanent resident population, population growth rates, permanent resident characteristics, population history and population projections. Find Summit County population information.
Summit County has five planning commissions charged with review, approval and recommendation authority for various types of development. Learn more about Summit County’s planning commissions.