Formal Interpretation


The purpose of a formal interpretation is to provide a written answer to a specific question on the application of a provision of these land development regulations (LDRs) or the boundaries or classifications of the official zoning map independent from any other review procedure. A formal interpretation provides consistency in the implementation of these LDRs.

When Is This Required?

A formal interpretation may be requested to interpret any provision of these LDRs or boundary or classification of the official zoning map. The Planning Director may require a different application to be filed if an interpretation should be evaluated in the context of a full application rather than as a separate question.


  • How Long: Up to 60 days after application submission
  • Who Decides:
    • Final Decision: Planning Director

View an info-graphic (PNG) of the formal interpretation process.

How to Apply

Please submit an application packet with one hard copy and one digital copy (via email to that includes the following:

  • Application Fee
  • Application Form (PDF)
  • Circumstances: Briefly describe the circumstances to be evaluated in making the interpretation
  • Interpretation Requested: Identify the LDR provision or boundary or classification of the zoning map for which you are requesting an interpretation
  • Notarized Letter of Authorization (PDF)
  • Other Pertinent Information


Formal interpretation fees are $500.