As stated in our Comprehensive Plan, the City of Falcon Heights' chief goal is to create and maintain a high quality of life in a community that is an aging, inner ring, fully developed suburb adjacent to St. Paul and within two miles of Minneapolis. This goal is achieved through community-focused planning.
Click on the links below to learn more about planning and zoning in Falcon Heights.
A city's Comprehensive Plan is an official document that is used to guide the City in all of its decisions regarding land use, transportation, community facilities, public improvements, and intergovernmental relations.
All cities in the metropolitan area are required by the Metropolitan Planning Act to create a new comprehensive land use plan in 2018. The Falcon Heights 2040 Comprehensive Plan was developed with broad input from the community and was reviewed by adjacent cities, approved by the Planning Commission, the City Council and the Metropolitan Council, and was formally adopted by the City Council in January 2020.
Falcon Heights is fully-developed, so no large-scale change is expected between now and 2040 (the life-cycle of this plan). However, it is likely some owners of commercial and multi-family properties will seek to redevelop before 2040. After the Comprehensive Plan is approved and adopted, it becomes the official guide for city planning and community development in Falcon Heights. The Planning Commission and City Council will begin implementing the changes discussed in the new plan.
The City's zoning map is included below. Regulations specific to each zoning district are contained in the Zoning chapter of the Falcon Heights City Code.
Ramsey County also provides map and GIS services online with property details. Contact Ramsey County for questions related to these services.
Are you thinking of replacing your garage? Adding a fence? Want to put up a sign?
Zoning regulations in Falcon Heights may limit what you can do. There are setback requirements that maintain distance between buildings and driveways and the property lines. There are lot coverage limits that require you to keep a certain percentage of your property landscaped. There are height restrictions.
For more information on zoning regulations related to fences, garages, and signs, use the links below.
Zoning approval is part of the Building Permit process for larger projects.
For project questions related to plumbing, mechanical, roofing, and others visit our Building Inspections page.
City Code Most regulations related to these topics are contained in Chapter 113 - Zoning.
City residents and other applicants who are interested in variances, conditional use permits, and other planning related matters must submit a Planning Application. The deadlines for the application are specified in the Planning Schedule.
A Zoning Permit is required for fences, driveways, and signs.
For questions about planning and zoning, contact Justin Markon, Community Development Coordinator.