New Vallejo Zoning Code

Through another participatory public process, the Citywide Zoning Code (Vallejo Municipal Code Title 16) will be comprehensively re-written for the first time since 1980. The main reason for writing a new Zoning Code is to align this important set of day-to-day standards with the ideas and future direction expressed in General Plan 2040, and to incorporate standards already used in various Specific Plans. Goals for the new Zoning Code include the following:

  1. Make investing in Vallejo easier through a clear expression of Vallejo’s vision and expectations for development in various areas of the city.
  2. Provide a code that is clear, approachable, flexible, modern and easy to use.
  3. Develop code that represents best practices and up to date approaches.
  4. Remove obstacles to development that will improve the City’s image as a good place to live and do business.
  5. Remove obstacles to high-quality development such as unnecessary or inefficient procedures and standards.

A brief overview of  why Vallejo is rewriting the Zoning Code, how zoning impacts you, and ways to get involved in the process can be found HERE.

Zoning FAQs

What is Zoning?   The City has prepared a brief handout answering this and other frequently asked questions on this topic, which can be found HERE.

Open Houses and Planning Commission Study Sessions

The new Zoning Code includes a series of Community Open Houses to solicit public input. Special meetings of the Planning Commission are held as Study Sessions following each Open House. Meeting dates and times are posted on the Workshop page and the Calendar.


The New Code is being developed in four phases reflecting modules of related provisions. 

We are currently working on MODULE 3:  Citywide and Special Regulations – Site design and standards such as parking and landscaping, and  regulations for specific uses.

Due to the number of topics covered in this module, two reports have  been  developed.

Report A covers the following topics:

  • Community Gardens
  • Fencing and Screening
  • Landscaping 
  • Mobile Food Vending
  • Non-conforming Uses

Report B covers the following topics:

  • Affordable Housing Incentives
  • Massage Establishments
  • Off-street Parking and Loading
  • Rules for Measurement

Click HERE to view the Module 3 Report B Report that has been updated to include the Appendix.  Comments are due by November 25, 2019. Send comments to  Michelle Hightower, Project Manager at

The Planning Commission Study Session for Module 3 Report B is scheduled for November 4, 2019.  Click HERE to view the Flyer/Public Notice.

The Open House/Planning Commission Study Session on Module 3, Report A was held on October 7, 2019.  To View the Flyer/Public Notice, Click HERE

Public Input!

To review Module 3 Overview Report A Click HERE.  Public Comments on Report A were due by October 28, 2019. 

Previous modules are listed below:

  • MODULE 1: Terms and References

          Land use Classifications, and rules for measurement and calculations

To View the Module 1 Report  – Draft Land Use Classifications and Definitions, click HERE.  Staff accepted comments on the Module 1 Report during the upcoming Community Open House and Planning Commission Study Session on June 19, 2019.  All comments were due to City staff by July 3, 2019.

  • MODULE  2: Zoning Districts

Proposed districts and purposes for each districts; Use regulations, development and design standards for each district

To View the Module 2 Revised Overview Report – Zoning Districts and Purposes,  click HERE. Staff accepted comments on Module 2 during the Community Open House and Planning Commission Study Session held on July 22, 2019 and via email up to August 11, 2019. Staff also received responses to questions regarding Module 2 on Open City Hall.

  • MODULE 3:  Citywide and Special Regulations

         Citywide and Special Regulations

  • MODULE 4: Administrative Procedures/Permits

Application submission and review, public noticing and public hearings, Use Permits, Site Development Permits, Minor Exceptions, Etc., and Enforcement.

Zoning Code Diagnosis

The diagnosis of the current Vallejo Zoning Code (Title 16) was previously prepared by Opticos.  The Code Diagnosis Memo prepared by Opticos providing a summary and evaluation of the current Vallejo Zoning Code, can be found HERE.

Character Analysis

An analysis of the existing character of Vallejo focuses on both the macro-scale (i.e. residential neighborhoods, commercial districts, corridors, etc.) and the micro-scale (i.e. street character, building character and setbacks, etc.). The micro-scale analysis relates to the “walkable urban” areas of the City,  the focus of a Form-Based Code that may be used in certain parts of the City. The process for the micro-scale analysis, including a preliminary generalized map of Vallejo’s walkable urban areas, can be found HERE.