How does single family zoning affect my property?

Single family zoning protects your neighborhood. Houses are not allowed to be used for businesses or multi-family housing. Single family homes that are being improperly used tend to generate more traffic on streets and create parking problems. Another major concern is the use of a home in a single family neighborhood as a party house, which is statistically more likely when the home is in violation of the single family housing ordinance.


Zoning districts and uses may be found in Chapter Eight of the Planning Unified Development Code.

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1. What can be done about student parties and related parking problems in our neighborhoods?
2. How does single family zoning affect my property?
3. What happens when residential single family dwelling violations are shown to exist by Permit and Inspections Division of the Department of Public Works?
4. No owner is in residence in the duplex next to me. It is owned by a realtor. How does this conform to a “non-profit” basis described in single family zoning?
5. Can a property that has been out of compliance for many years be “grandfathered” in and considered to be in compliance?
6. Are there consequences to the property owner when issues occur with their tenants and/or property?
7. Who is responsible for enforcing the Single Family zoning restrictions in neighborhoods?
8. Are rent houses businesses? Businesses are not allowed in A1 Zoning Districts. Could the laws be changed or strengthened to make these houses businesses officially?