Palo Alto, California

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Zoning for Palo Alto, CA

Largest Zones in Palo Alto, CA


    The Zoning Map for the City of Palo Alto in CA divides the city’s real estate into zones differentiated according to land use and building regulations.

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    What is the Land Use Allocation in Palo Alto, CA?

    The following table illustrates how land is allocated for various uses within the Palo Alto, CA as defined by city ordinances.

    Permitted Use TypePermitted Use Sub TypePercentageArea(sq. m)
    Eating and drinking establishments43.28%10767.9
    General retail11.59%2883.02
    Personal services70.94%17649.27
    Professional services8.28%2060.96
    Restricted retail2.47%614.79
    Residential care facilities96.67%24051.4
    Schools and universities69.49%17289.03
    Transportation facilities and infrastructure34.58%8602.27
    Accessory dwelling unit55.86%13899
    Communal housing1.26%313.21
    Dwellings (unspecified)0.95%237.2
    Mobile home park55.28%13752.38
    Multi family dwelling11.36%2827.36
    Multi family dwelling mixed use0.01%1.66
    Single family dwelling55.28%13752.38
    Two family dwelling28.1%6990.01
    Automobile related uses9.03%2246.09
    Non-retail sales3.1%772.3
    Professional office40.83%10159.48
    Research and laboratory facilities6.68%1661.46
    Bed & breakfast0.15%37
    Storage and warehouses7.33%1824.02
    Parking garage or lot4.01%996.66
    Agricultural and hunting55.86%13899
    Temporary uses44.24%11005.98
    Utility structures97.24%24191.89

    What is Zoning Code?

    Zoning codes have shaped major U.S. cities for over a century, serving as the backbone of urban development by defining the permissible land uses and activities within neighborhoods. Zoning regulations enable cities to exercise control over the use and development of land, establishing clear guidelines for commercial, industrial, residential, and agricultural purposes. Essentially, zoning determines the possibilities and limitations for construction on a property.

    How does Zoning Impact Real Estate Values?

    Zoning plays a pivotal role in the entire lifecycle of a home and significantly influences various stages. Extensive research conducted by Zillow has underscored the importance of zoning regulations, showing their impact on home values. According to Zillow Research, housing markets with stricter land use regulations experienced the highest growth in home values. In fact, the most restrictive metropolitan areas witnessed an average appreciation of 23.4%, more than double that of the least restrictive metros. It's worth noting that zoning regulations are determined locally, and different cities may have varying degrees of restrictiveness. Furthermore, even within a city's zoning system, individual zones can vary in their level of restrictions, including different types of single-family zones. Zoneomics offers the most detailed coverage of zoning data, providing valuable insights for you to integrate and grow your database. These insights encompass permitted land uses, re-zonings, variances, density controls, built form controls, envelopes, housing supply data, employment generation, underutilized parcels, short-term rental permissibility, as well as information on proponents and developers. With Zoneomics, you gain access to an extensive array of zoning-related information to enhance your understanding and decision-making.