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 sustain a viable community in Summit County.

Short Term Vacation Rentals

Summit County has adopted regulations for short-term rentals located within unincorporated areas of Summit County. Please visit the Short Term Rental page for more information.

Summit County is currently in a moratorium on the issuances of new STR licenses in the Neighborhood Overlay Zone. To learn more about the process to update the STR regulations and rationale behind the moratorium, and goals for the new regulations, visit our project website

To report non-emergency issues at a short-term rental, please visit our STR Complaint page to see the options on how to file a complaint.

Summit County Land Use Code Audit for Workforce Housing

The Planning Department is currently undertaking a Code audit for workforce housing. The primary purpose of 2022 Summit County Code Audit for Workforce Housing is to identify barriers to workforce housing in the Land Use and Development Code (Code) and provide recommended edits to remove said barriers as well as update standards and procedures to ensure that the County can support the desired housing as identified by the Board of County Commissioners and relevant policy documents.

For more information about this project, please visit the Code Audit Civil Space page here

Planning Commission Meeting Information

Planning Commission meetings will continue as scheduled, remotely via an online meeting portal. Details for accessing meetings can be found on the specific meeting agenda which will be posted in the agenda center prior to the meeting. Meeting materials will be posted on the projects under review page.

Development Regulations

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. 

Property Information Search & Maps

Interactive Map

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.

Master Plans

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.

Population Information

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.

Planning Commissions

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.