naperville zoning

Posted on 08/03/2012 05:42 PM, by Naperville Maps

Naperville has one of the busiest downtowns in the Chicago area.  The downtown shopping centers bring plenty of foot traffic from Naperville and the surrounding towns, making downtown Naperville a prime location for a business.  Before starting a business in Naperville, it is important to become familiar with the zoning areas set by the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC).  The PZC handles matters relating to zoning and sign variance requests as well as land use.

Naperville’s downtown has a mix of business and residential areas so the zoning is specific to keep businesses centralized and provide buffer districts between business and residential districts.  The central business district (B4) is at the heart of Naperville’s downtown shopping center with the secondary commercial district (B5) surrounding the main shops.  The districts between the central business district and residential single-family and low density multi-family districts (R2) have been designated as transitional use districts by the Naperville City Council.  The purpose of the transitional use districts is to provide a transitional buffer between dense commercial areas and residential areas.  Districts designated for offices and institutions (OCI) are located around the edges of the R2 districts north and immediately south of the central downtown district.  The central downtown district is also flanked by a college district (CU) which could attract more traffic to the adjacent shopping areas.  Neighborhood and community shopping as well as general businesses (B1, B2, and B3 respectively) are placed together within single-family residency districts. 

Naperville’s Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) reviews requests for sign and zoning variances as well as petitions for development.  All requests are subject to a public hearing before the PZC and the Naperville City Council decides on approval.  These requests are necessary for any re-structuring, new structures, fences, and signage.  The petitions for development are necessary for rezoning, changes in planned unit development (PUD), changes in conditional use, and zoning variances in conjunction with development cases.  Businesses must submit a proposal of their plan for rezoning or development included with their applications to the PZC.  The PZC can better uphold Naperville’s zoning laws by subjecting all proposals to a review before approval.

Naperville can be a lucrative location for a business but it is crucial to be familiar with the zoning plan.  Naperville is zoned to keep certain businesses in the same area and to keep appropriate buffers between business and residential districts.  The regulations within each zone differ which is why any zoning request must go through the Planning and Zoning Commission to make sure and development plan coincides with Naperville’s zoning laws.


References: City Zoning Site: 

B1 – Neighborhood Convenience Shopping Center District

CU – College/ University District

R2 – Single-Family & Low Density Multi-Family Residence District

B2 – Community Shopping Center District

I – Industrial District

R3 – Medium Density & Multi-Family Residence District

B3 – General Business District

OCI – Office, Commercial, and Institutional District

TU – Transitional Use

B4 – Central Business District

R1A – Low Density Single-Family Residence District


B5 – Secondary Commercial Business District

R1B – Medium Density Single-Family Residence District


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