Planning & Zoning


While City Hall is closed to the public due to precautions being taken because of COVID-19 (coronavirus) the Planning Department is putting processes in place so that staff can continue with “business as usual.” Most of the City Staff are working from home. Processes are in place to review and approve business licenses and the Planning Department is close to having systems in place for building and planning permitting. One way you can help is that we need all submittals to be in digital format. You can email your applications and plans to us and we should be able to review plans and comment back to you via email or iWorQ.

We know this may be a little frustrating, but these are unique times and we are all doing our best to be safe and to continue to process applications. If you have questions, please contact Laura Allred at or Nora Shepard at

Thank you for your patience!

Department Functions and Responsibilities

The task of the Planning and Zoning Department is to ensure that development and growth of the City is consistent with the Moab General Plan. The Planning Department staff provides support and input to the Planning Commission, the City Council, the Appeal Authority, and the Affordable Housing Task Force.

The Department oversees the review of development project applications, including site plan proposals, annexations, changes in zoning, Planned Unit Developments, conditional use permits, and variances. In addition, Planning Department Staff prepare amendments to the City Code, prepare long-term planning documents and studies, and provide policy analyses and recommendations. The Planning Department works closely with Community Development, Engineering, and Public Works.

All development in the City of Moab is governed by Titles 12, 15, 16, and 17 of the Moab Municipal Code (MMC). Planning and Zoning staff members enforce pertinent sections of the Moab Municipal Code. Staff enforces Title 15, Building and Construction, that includes flood damage prevention, the sign code, and manufactured home development and Title 16 contains the regulations and standards for Subdivisions. Title 17 is the Zoning portion of the Moab Municipal Code.

Both commercial and residential development are governed by these code titles. Each zoning district is described by the types of allowed uses and the area regulations for height and setback requirements. Landscaping and design standards for commercial uses are also in effect within the city.

Moab Planning Department Staff are available to answer questions or provide additional details Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please come by City Center, 217 East Center Street, or make an appointment by calling (435) 259-5129.

Current Land Use Projects

As the following projects move forward, Moab residents will have the opportunity to weigh in through public meetings and open house events. 

  1. Moab Area Land Use Plan
  2. Small Area Plans

The City of Moab and Grand County have contracted with Landmark Design to review Moab Valley’s land use. The goal is to create a unified land use plan that reflects the vision of Grand County and Moab’s residents and meets the needs of our changing community. 


• Address the 180-day moratorium on new overnight accommodations
• Address multi-family housing, infill housing development, and redevelopment
• Update the Moab Area Affordable Housing Plan
• Create land use policies that address current community challenges


The Moab Area Land Use Plan is slated to be complete by June 2019.  The Plan will establish a vision, priorities, and implementation strategies.  

For more information visit the project website at: