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Zoning Determination Request

On March 22, 2021, Ferndale City Council adopted an ordinance regulating Short Term Rentals (STRs) operating with City limits. The ordinance seeks to regulate Short Term Rentals by requiring annual registration and inspections. The STR Ordinance goes into effect on July 22, 2021, and will require all STR’s to register with the City. Registration and inspection services will be completed by the Ferndale Building Department.

If you're interested in moving your business to Ferndale, the first step in the process is to submit a Zoning Determination Request application.  This application can now be submitted online, saving you from printing and an extra trip to the City!

-Where can I review the City's zoning map?

The city is divided into zoning districts where principal uses are designated to accommodate and complement the surrounding environment that will support the economic vitality, tax base and livability of the City. View the City's interactive zoning map HERE.

-Where can I review the City's zoning ordinance?

The City's zoning ordinance is available to review online HERE.

-How long does the review process typically take for most Zoning Determination Requests?

Most Zoning Determination Request reviews take 1-2 weeks.

-Do I need to fill out a Zoning Determination Request to get a Certificate of Occupancy?

Typically, yes. A Zoning Determination Request is usually the first step in the Certificate of Occupancy process.

-Do I need to fill out a Zoning Determination Request for a home-based business?

No, a Zoning Determination Request is not required for a home-based business. However, please review Sec. 25-147 for a list of the permitted home-based businesses in the City's zoning ordinance.

-Where can I learn more about managing waste for my business?
For planning inquiries regarding waste management, please contact Zero Waste Program Coordinator Claire Dion at

Contact Information

Christine Ross
Community & Economic Development
248-546-2525 ext. 136




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