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It is the process that divides land into different zones (residential, commercial, industrial, etc). Each zone is regulated as to the density, location, size and type of building permitted in each zone.
There are three ways to find zoning on a property:
The City of Natchez has seven (7) adopted local review historic districts. In 1999, the City of Natchez adopted the Historic Natchez Design Guidelines, a document guiding development and preservation in the Historic Districts of Natchez. Any repair or construction work involving the exterior of the building must receive a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA Application). "In-kind" repairs using the same materials existing on the house can be approved administratively by the Planning Director, however any new construction, demolition, addition, or exterior alteration must be approved by the Natchez Preservation Commission
To view the map of the Historic District, click here. The colored lines indicated districts, while the thick black line indicates the extent of the local review district regulated by the Preservation Commission.
Dimensional standards or setbacks for properties in the City of Natchez depend on the zoning of the property, and its current use. If you do not know your zoning, please see the FAQ "What is zoning?" If you do know your property’s zoning, please click the following link (Dimensional Standards Table) to see the dimensional standards table from the City of Natchez Development Code.
The regulations for fences depend on whether your property is located inside or outside the historic district. However all fences are regulated by the corner visibility and visual clearance section in the Natchez Development Code. If your property is outside of the Historic District (map here) you may construct a fence six (6) feet in height, without a permit. If you would like to build a higher fence, you must submit a permit application to the Planning Department.
If you live inside the historic district, the maximum height for a wooden privacy fence is six (6) feet without review by the Preservation Commission. Additionally, wooden privacy fences must have a flat or horizontal top. Any other new fences, such as rod iron, handrails, or gates must receive an approved Certificate of Appropriateness from the Natchez Preservation Commission. See the Fence Guidelines in the Historic District for more detailed information.
Yes, but not without a permit.
Operating a business out of your home depends on your residential zoning and type of business you intend to operate. Home Occupations are businesses that do not require customers to come on-site, and have no signage nor commercial vehicles indicating there is a business present. Home Businesses, such as physician’s offices and salons, are permitted on a case-by-case basis in certain residential zoning districts. Please see the Planning Department if you intend to open a business out of your home.
Bed and Breakfasts or other short-term rentals require a different process. See the FAQ addressing Bed and Breakfasts for more information.
The first step is to determine the type of business (retail, service, manufacturing, etc) and location of the business, and then submit a completed Privilege License Application (Business License) to the Planning Department.
Bed and Breakfasts and Guest Houses are allowed in Natchez, however they are only permitted within certain districts and all must be approved by the Planning Commission. Bed and Breakfasts must submit a Bed and Breakfast application follow the requirements in the Bed and Breakfast Ordinance. Guest Houses are allowable on a case-by-case basis and approved through the submission and approval of a Special Exception Application. Special Exceptions must meet all seven of the criteria adopted in the Natchez Development Code.
Please contact the Planning Department at (601) 445-7518 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Natchez accepts most forms of payment, including check, cash, credit or debit card, and money order. We can even process payments over the phone, with receipts emailed