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Indianapolis/Marion County Consolidated Zoning / Subdivision Ordinance

Small Cell Wireless Communications amendment

An amendment to change the Wireless Communications Facilities use-specific standards by adding new definitions, adding regulations for small cell facilities on new structures located in public rights-of-way, and correcting internal references was proposed.  This amendment, 2017-AO-001, was approved by the Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC) on February 1st and certified to the City-County Council for adoption.  Subsequent to this approval by the MDC, the State of Indiana enacted revisions to Indiana Code 8-1-32.3 that made the proposed changes to the zoning ordinance obsolete.
So on May 3rd the Metropolitan Development Commission adopted Resolution 2017-AO-R-001 that rescinded the previously approved ordinance ammendment.  This latest action means the regulations in the zoning ordinance for Wireless Communications Facilities are unchanged.  City staff are reviewing the latest revisions to the Indiana Code to determine what amendments to the zoning ordinance are needed.  


New Zoning & Subdivision Ordinance effective April 1, 2016

Concluding a 5-year endeavor, Indianapolis-Marion County's new ordinance is in effect. As a part of the Revised Code of the Consolidated City and County, it will be available here and on municode.com. However, Municode is several weeks behind in publishing.

Download the entire ordinance in PDF-format which is searchable, fully bookmarked, includes hot links and easy to read. This download includes the 2015 sign regulations amendment, the FEMA-required amendments to the Flood Control Districts, and the Wellfield Protection Map amendment.


Entire Consolidated Zoning / Subdivision Ordinance - 641 pages


Individual Chapters with footnotes (May 9, 2016 update):

Chapter 740. General Provisions - 142 pages

Chapter 741. Subdivision Regulations - 48 pages

Chapter 742. Districts - 236 pages

Chapter 743. Uses and Use-Specifc Standards - 100 pages

Chapter 744. Development Standards - 189 pages




Everything new requires a bit of a learning curve for everyone. To aid in shortening that curve, helpful resources and training webinars are available.


Helpful Excerpts

 Here are some of the commonly used Tables in the new Zoning Ordinance (in color).


Table 743-1: Use Table - 11 pages

Lot & Building Dimensional Standards: 

Table 744-201-1: Dimensional Standards for Districts D-A through D-5II

                                  8.5 x 11 (3 pages)           11 x 17 (1 page)

Table 744-201-2: Dimensional Standards for Districts D-6 through D-11

                                  8.5 x 11 (2 pages)            11 x 17 (1 page)

Table 744-201-3: Dimensional Standards for Commercial Districts

                                  8.5 x 11 (2 pages)            11 x 17 (1 page)

Table 744-201-4: Dimensional Standards for Mixed Use Districts

Table 744-201-5: Dimensional Standards for Central Buisness Districts

Table 744-201-6: Dimensional Standards for Industrial Districts

Exceptions and Encroachments into Yards: Table  744-204-1 - 2 pages

Green Factor    Table 744-509-1 Calculation        Excel Spreadsheet

Parking - Required amount    Table 744-402-1

                                 8.5 x 11 (5 pages)               11 x 17 (2 pages)

Loading Spaces       8.5 x 11     Table 744-405-1

Stacking Spaces      8.5 x 11      Table 744-406-1


List of Zoning Districts & Description with Context Area Map - 2 pages

Home Occupation information - 3 pages

Garden as a Primary Use a/k/a Community Garden - 5 pages

Secondary Dwelling Unit a/k/a Carriage House or In-laws quarters - 7 pages