Planning & Zoning

Planning & Zoning are at the heart of development. Focus is placed on quality sustainable growth and development via implementation and design regulations, protection of the environment, and long-term economic stability. Plan Pelham, the city's comprehensive plan adopted in 2020, serves as a guide regarding land use, development, growth management, and capital improvement decisions.

What We Do

  • Assist customers with filing rezoning requests, sign permits, and variance requests by providing the zoning information for properties.
  • Help business owners navigate regulations and requirements within the City of Pelham so their new business venture or expansion is successful.
  • Serve as staff to the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.  
  • Inform customers and residents of potential zoning violations and assist in gaining compliance. 


The Pelham Planning Commission promotes orderly development and growth in Pelham to protect the public health, safety, and general welfare of those that live in the city. All zoning requests are first presented to the Planning Commission. It is made up of nine members who are charged with making recommendations to the City Council for zoning map changes, zoning ordinance amendments, and the creation of subdivisions. The Planning Commission meets on the 2nd Thursday night of each month. Read more about the Planning Commission.


Zoning is complex and often hard to understand, but its purpose is simple. It ensures balanced communities, protecting the rights of property owners while promoting the general welfare of the city. While it is important to enforce current zoning, it is also important to listen. A zoning ordinance is a living, breathing document, and it is crucial to adapt to changes over time. The Zoning Board of Adjustments makes decisions on appeals and variances outside the Planning & Zoning rules and regulations that do not conflict with the intent of the Pelham Zoning Ordinance. Read more about the Zoning Board of Adjustments. The Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals makes decisions on appeals for variances that were not granted by the Zoning Board of Adjustments. Read more about the Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals. 

Development Regulations