Zoning Actions

Three Types

Property owners may file zoning applications for the following actions to be considered for recommendation by the Madison Planning & Zoning Commission and subsequent action by the City of Madison Mayor and Council.

Conditional Use 

Uses listed as "C" under use provisions may be approved for a permit under specific conditions and provided those conditions continue to be met.


Where the literal enforcement of the ordinance may result in undue hardship, a variance may be approved. Please review the standards carefully as variances are rare and based upon an anomaly of the property:

  • Variance Application & Standards
  • A Few Words on Ex Parte Contact
  • Please Note: Land use variances - sometimes referred to as special use variances - are illegal and strictly prohibited.

Text & Map Amendment 

Requests for text amendments are considered on a quarterly basis, or as initiated by the Mayor and Council. Currently, map amendments (or rezoning applications) are considered by the state to be a legislative act but may also be initiated by a property owner. For map amendments, please take care to observe abutting zoning districts and review the Future Land Use Plan (FLUM), in addition to the standards.

  • Zoning Text Amendment Application & Standards
  • Zoning Map Amendment Application & Standards
  • Please Note: The policy regarding ex parte contact does not apply to legislative acts. 

Zoning Assistance

For questions regarding zoning actions - application, support materials, fees, deadlines, and meeting dates, please contact 706-342-1251 x1226. If you want public information on upcoming zoning actions, please see the Planning & Zoning Commission page.