Planning & Zoning

The role of the Division of Planning and Zoning is to guide growth and development through informed and thoughtful regulation and analysis of land use within the City of Paterson utilizing the City's Master Plan. The division is charged with maintaining continuity between the Zoning Ordinances and other land use elements. The Division of Planning and Zoning is tasked with the following responsibilities including, but not limited to:
  • Administering and providing staff support to the Planning Board (PB) and the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZB);
  • Processing, reviewing and commenting on on development applications to the PB and ZB.
  • Evaluating Master Plan and Land Development ordinances.
  • Soliciting community input for development plans.
  • Providing information to the public and to regional planning agencies.
  • Enforcing decisions made by the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment.
  • Reviewing construction plans, permit applications and certificate of occupancy applications for zoning compliance.


Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment Site Plan and Subdivision Application

City of Paterson Zoning Map


Zoning & Land Use Ordinance

Signage Schedule

Bulk Schedule

Residential Use Schedule

Non-Residential Use Schedule

Street Classification

For more information about the Division of Planning and Zoning, please consult our Fact Sheet.