Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Zoning Ordinance Summary - Special Purpose Zones

This is a SUMMARY ONLY of the Los Angeles County Zoning Ordinance (unincorporated area). The information herein is NOT ALL-INCLUSIVE.

One other thing to also keep in mind -- USES MUST BE CONSISTENT WITH THE GENERAL PLAN, LOCAL PLANS, AND/OR COMMUNITY STANDARDS DISTRICTS. THESE MAY LIMIT THE TYPE AND INTENSITY OF USE.

For more complete information, see Title 22 (Planning and Zoning) of the Los Angeles County Code, or stop by the office of the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, Room 1360 Hall of Records, 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Phone: (213) 974-6411.


Zone A-C: Arts and Crafts

Permitted Uses:

  • Uses permitted in zone R-A. Arts and crafts uses are permitted subject to CUP. (22.40.450)

Minimum Required Area:

  • 5000 sq. ft./lot. (22.40.500)

Maximum Height Limit:

  • 35 feet, or as provided in community standards district. (22.40.500)

Minimum Required Parking:

  • 2 covered parking spaces per dwelling unit (22.52.1180)

Building Setback:

  • Same as zone R-1. (22.40.500)

Maximum Lot Coverage:

  • Not applicable

Zone IT: Institutional

Permitted Uses:

  • Institutional uses, but only by Conditional Use Permit (22.40.670)

Minimum Required Area:

  • No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County-- Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:

  • Per approved Conditional Use Permit

Minimum Required Parking:

  • See applicable use, Part 11, Chapter 22.52, and Conditional Use Permit

Building Setback:

  • Per Conditional Use Permit

Maximum Lot Coverage:

  • Per Conditional Use Permit

Zone MXD: Mixed Use Development

Permitted Uses:

  • Uses permitted in zone R-A
  • With CUP, any use permitted in zones R-4, M-1, A-C, and SR-D, or any combination (22.40.520)

Minimum Required Area:

  • 5000 sq. ft./lot. (22.40.520)
  • 5 acres per lot. Area per dwelling--as established by CUP. (22.40.520)

Maximum Height Limit:

  • 35 feet (22.40.520)
  • 2 times buildable area (22.40.520)

Minimum Required Parking:

  • 2 covered spaces per dwelling unit (22.52.1180)
  • As specified in CUP (22.40.520)

Building Setback:

  • Same as zone R-A. (22.40.520)
  • As established by CUP. (22.40.520)

Maximum Lot Coverage:

  • Not applicable.
  • 50% of net area of lot or parcel. (22.40.520)

Zone O-S: Open Space

Permitted Uses:

  • Campgrounds, crops, grazing of animals, resource management (22.40.410)

Minimum Required Area:

  • No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County Code-- Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:

  • 35 feet or two stories (22.40.440)

Minimum Required Parking:

  • See applicable use--Part 11, Chapter 22.52

Building Setback:

  • Certain use setbacks apply (22.40.440)

Maximum Lot Coverage:

  • Not applicable

Zone P-R: Restricted Parking

Permitted Uses:

  • Parking lots or parking structures (22.40.310)

Minimum Required Area:

  • Not applicable.

Maximum Height Limit:

  • 13 times buildable area, except as otherwise provided in community standards district. (22.52.050)

Minimum Required Parking:

  • See applicable use--Part 11, Chapter 22.52

Building Setback:

  • Wall setbacks vary. (22.52.1060 and 22.40.310)

Maximum Lot Coverage:

  • None

Zone R-R: Resort and Recreation

Permitted Uses:

  • Recreation and amusement, agricultural uses. (22.40.190)

Minimum Required Area:

  • 5000 sq. ft./lot. (22.52.100)

Maximum Height Limit:

  • 13 times buildable area, except as otherwise provided in community standards district (22.52.050)

Minimum Required Parking:

  • See applicable use -- Part 11, Chapter 22.52

Building Setback:

  • None

Maximum Lot Coverage:

  • None

Zone SP: Specific Plan

Permitted Uses:

  • Specific to site, as provided in local specific plan. (22.40.730)

Minimum Required Area:

  • As provided in local specific plan

Maximum Height Limit:

  • As provided in local specific plan

Minimum Required Parking:

  • Base on use -- Part 11, Chapter 22.52

Building Setback:

  • As provided in specific plan

Maximum Lot Coverage:

  • As provided in specific plan

Zone SR-D: Scientific Research and Development

Permitted Uses:

  • Scientific research and development, schools, libraries, and museums. (22.40.350)

Minimum Required Area:

  • None

Maximum Height Limit:

  • 1 times the buildable area (22.40.390)

Minimum Required Parking:

  • 1-1.25 spaces per person on the largest shift, or 1 space/200 sq. feet of floor area (22.40.390)

Building Setback:

  • Front: 30 to 60 feet, based on building height. Structures to be 100 to 500 feet from residential/agricultural zoned property (22.40.390)

Maximum Lot Coverage:

  • 35% of total area (22.40.390)

Zone W: Watershed

Permitted Uses:

  • Uses owned and maintained by U.S. Forest Service and recreational uses approved by the Forest Service (22.40.250)

Minimum Required Area:

  • None

Maximum Height Limit:

  • 13 times buildable area, except as otherwise provided in community standards district (22.52.050)

Minimum Required Parking:

  • See applicable use -- Part 11, Chapter 22.52

Building Setback:

  • Not applicable

Maximum Lot Coverage:

  • Not applicable

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