The Planning & Zoning Department analyzes and enforces land use-related issues in the city, including accepting citizen requests, providing land use data, and processing applications.  The Department is the advisory and enforcement component of the City’s adopted Comprehensive Plan.

Zoning Ordinance

The Unified Development Code or zoning ordinance and all adopted supplements support the goal of maintaining standards appropriate to advancing architectural, environmental and general quality of life development within the City of Kennesaw. All zoning ordinances may be found on Municode within Appendix A.

Please use the link below to view the City’s zoning ordinance online. Refer to the sections provided within the “Zoning Ordinance Reference Guide,” for commonly used zoning codes. Can’t find what you are looking for? Please call the Planning & Zoning office for assistance.

Zoning Ordinance Reference Guide:

ItemZoning Ordinance Section
DefinitionsAppendix A, Chapter 1, Section 1.09.00
Land use tableAppendix A, Chapter 2, Section 2.02.00
Building standards (setbacks, height, min. lot size) 
for Traditional Zoning DistrictsAppendix A, Chapter 4, Section 4.01.00
for Historic DistrictsAppendix A, Chapter 4, Section 4.02.01
for Form Based Code DistrictsAppendix A, Chapter 4, Section 4.09.00
Architectural standardsAppendix A, Chapter 5, Section 4.08.00
Parking space requirementsAppendix A, Chapter 6, Section 6.06.09
Accessory structures (sheds, pools, etc.)Appendix A, Chapter 5, Section 5.01.02
 Sign regulations by zoning districtAppendix A, Chapter 5, Section 5.03.18
Fence regulationsAppendix A, Chapter 6, Section 6.13.01
Landscape bufferAppendix A, Chapter 3, Section 3.07.11
Stream bufferCode of Ordinances, Chapter 46, Section 46-440
Can’t find what you are looking for? Please call the Planning & Zoning office for assistance.


The Department also provides staff assistance to three commissions. For more information on these three commission bodies, including agendas, packets and minutes, please visit the Boards and Commissions page.

Planning Commission

Meets every first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.*

City Hall – Council Chambers

Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)

Meets every third Friday of the month at 8:00 a.m.*

City Hall – Council Chambers

Kennesaw Art and Culture Commission (KACC)

Meets every third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m.*

City Hall – Council Chambers

* Regular meetings are sometimes subject to change. Please call the Planning and Zoning office for accurate meeting details prior to a commission’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Zoning Applications

Maps & Documents

Frequently Asked Questions

How does one apply for annexation, rezoning, land uses or variance?

First, an applicant will schedule a pre-application meeting with the Zoning Administrator.  Once completed the applicant will file the appropriate application form with the Community Development Department. Application submittal requires two public hearings; one with the Planning Commission and the final hearing before the Mayor and Council.  You may contact the Planning and Zoning Division for the schedule of meeting dates and submittal deadlines or visit the official City of Kennesaw website for the required application forms and submittal procedures.

How long is a variance good for?

Variances are good in perpetuity.  Also variances are applied to the property and are not lost or moved if the person who received the variance moves.

What is the zoning classification for my property?

To determine your current zoning classification you can locate it on the City’s Zoning Map or online Zoning Map. Call the Planning and Zoning Department for clarification, or you may request a zoning verification letter.