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Welcome to Current Planning
 Indianapolis' Zoning Office ​

What we do

The primary function of the Current Planning section of the Division of Planning, Department of Metropolitan Development, is to support the Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC), and the Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), by evaluating and administering approximately one thousand land use petitions annually. This includes support to other decision-making bodies functioning under the ​authority of the MDC, including the Hearing Examiner, Hearing Officer, and the Plat Committee.

The Current Planning staff also provides staff support for the town councils and variance boards of the excluded cities of Beech Grove, Lawrence, and Speedway.

The professional planners and support staff of the Current Planning office are a valuable resource to citizens, developers, and neighborhood organizations.  

Additional functions of the section include: subdivision administration,  zoning ordinance revision, and maintaining all Marion County zoning base maps.






The presence of an orange sign means that the property owner is applying for permission to develop the property in a way that requires a land use petition to be
filed. To find out what is proposed for the site that you saw the sign located on, try using the on-line tool: Citizen Access Portal 

Scroll down and select "Search cases" under the Planning/Historic Preservation box. Start by entering the address for the location on which you saw the sign. Choose the case you are interested in by clicking on the Petition Number. Details about the petition such as the type of petition, hearing date and assigned staff planner are available. Once you know the hearing date, check out:

If you would like more information, contact the staff planner assigned to the petition by referring to the directory: Current Planning Staff or calling (317) 327-5155. 

About the process

In Marion County-Indianapolis, there are several different types of land use petitions; to learn about the different types, click ‘Land Use Petitions’. To learn about the steps and process of each of these petitions, click ‘Petition Processes’.  


Regional Center Design Guidelines

The Indianapolis Regional Center Design Guidelines Assistant provide a community standard for urban design in the Regional Center. Building upon local heritage and character, the Guidelines encourage creativity, interest, and variety in the built environment.



Rules of Procedure


Metropolitan Development Commission
effective Jul 1, 2014

MDC Rules (37 pages)

Fee Schedule for Filing Fees and Improvement Location Permits (9 pages)
Modification or Termination
Commitments for Variance​ or Special Exception
Open Occupancy and Equal Opportunity commitment
Appendix - Address Guidelines and Standards (21 pages)


Board of Zoning Appeals

       BZA Rules of Procedure with Table of Contents, Exhibits and Index (31 pages)
       Fee Schedule for BZA and Hearing Officer (2 pages)


Plat Committee

        Plat Rules of procedures with Table of Contents, Exhibits and Index (16 pages)
        Fee Schedule for Plat Committee (1 page)


Hearing Officer

        HOV Rules of procedures with Table of Contents, Exhibits and Index (16 pages)


Zoning Ordinances


Current Planning Section

City-County Building
200 E. Washington St.
Suite 1842
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Tel: (317) 327-5155 

 HOURS: 8am to 5pm

No financial transactions after 4pm 



Applications & Forms


Rules of Procedure & Fees



Consolidated Zoning /Subdivision Ordinance

 Educational Opportunities:

EPA's Green Infrastructure Series 

New Zoning Ordinance webinars