The City of Ann Arbor Planning Department reviews, and the City Planning Commission and City Council approves, all types of new construction and site improvements, with the exception of single- and two-family dwellings and construction/renovation of a non-residential building's interior.
Annexations, rezonings and land divisions are also reviewed by the Planning Department and are approved by the City Planning Commission and City Council.
Persons seeking to develop, annex, rezone or divide property must petition the City Planning Commission and the City Council for approval. A petition application is submitted to the Planning Department, and depending on the type of petition, additional drawings or plans are required. Once filed, a project is referred to as a "petition" and the person submitting the project is called a "petitioner."
NEW! Planning Services has moved to on-line petition submission and review through the City's eTrakit software. Please contact Mia Gale at email@example.com or (734) 794-6000 x 42665 to set up an account and obtain a PIN for submitting plans.
Below are links to information and application forms for annexing property into the City of Ann Arbor from Scio, Pittsfield, or Ann Arbor Townships. Annexation is required of properties that request City water or sanitary sewer service.
This information generally applies to owners of single- or two-family dwellings or vacant residential lots. To request annexation of property other than single- or two-family, contact Planning & Development Services.
Guide to City of Ann Arbor Annexation Process (pdf) - Provides information about applying for annexation and zoning, the review process, obtaining public utilities, improvement charges and fees and contact information
Zoning and Use Changes
Downtown Design Review
Fees and Application
City Planning Commission Petition Review Schedule
The Planning Commission meets to take official action on petitions after holding a public hearing, and public hearings are held at their Regular Meetings (the first and third Tuesdays of the month).
Petitions are accepted once a month. The filing deadlines and review schedules are provided below.
Checklists and Guides
A pre-submission meeting is required before a petition is accepted. Planning staff use a submittal checklist to determine if petitions, particularly site plans, contain all required information.
Codes Relevant to Planning and Development Issues
See the City Clerk's Office for City Code for documentation in new window. The chapters listed below are particularly important to the development review process.
Chapter 26: Solid Waste Management
Chapter 47: Streets
Chapter 55: Zoning Ordinance
Chapter 57: Subdivision and Land Use Control
Chapter 58: Territorial Annexations
Chapter 59: Off-Street Parking
Chapter 60: Wetlands Preservation Ordinance
Chapter 61: Signs and Outdoor Advertising
Chapter 62: Landscape and Screening
Chapter 63: Storm Water Management and Soil Erosion and Sedimentation
Chapter 103: Historical Preservation
Chapter 104: Fences
Related Regulations and Policies Not In City Code
Some regulations and policies are not part of the Ann Arbor City Code, but have been approved separately by City Planning Commission and/or City Council.
Chapter 57, Subdivision and Land Use Control, outlines the types of activities which require approval. If approval is necessary, the Land Development Regulations identify the required information for area plans, site plans, plats, and land divisions.
Last Updated: November 26, 2013