Rezoning (Change of Zoning District)

A rezoning is required when a property owner proposes to use his land for purposes other than those permitted by the current zoning classification. The zoning process protects property owners by requiring that related uses of land are located in close proximity to each other in order to create a well-developed and harmonious community in compliance with the City's Comprehensive Plan.

Application Submittal

Use the eBuild Application Assistant to find information needed for applications.

Submit the following documents in eBUILD for a complete application:

  • Street Address of the Property or (Tax) Parcel Number
  • Legal Description, Deed Book and Map Book if available
  • Electronic Environmental Site Assessment, Phase I, if required by the Zoning Ordinance, $1600 supplemental review fee will apply
  • Special Power of Attorney (PDF), Print, Sign, Notarize, and Scan, if applicable, ready to upload
  • Statement of Ownership (PDF), Print, Sign, Notarize, and Scan, ready to upload. If an LLC/Corporation, an additional document on letterhead should list all members/officers, and be ready to upload
  • Real Estate Tax Demonstration Form call or email Treasurer's Office, a signed form can be emailed, ready to upload
  • Title Report, no more than 6 months old, ready for upload
  • Proffer Statement (DOCX) must be notarized, and ready to upload. It is not required at application submittal but due 2 weeks prior to Planning Commission Public Hearing date. (New Residential Rezoning Proffer Legislation)
  • Residential Rezoning Certificate (PDF) form with original signatures must be submitted to the Planning Department for an application to be considered complete for processing. More information on the new residential rezoning proffer legislation can be found in Development Advisory Number 32.
  • Acceptable Filing Fee (PDF) payment method readily available (credit cards or eCheck/linked bank account)
  • Deliver Adjacent Property Owner List (from Real Estate Department) to the Planning Department

Once an application is advertised for public hearing:

  • Deliver Envelopes to the Planning Department, 2nd floor of City Hall.
    • Stamped Number 10 (4 ⅛ inches × 9½ inches) envelopes with the name and mailing address of each adjacent property owner printed legibly.
  • Pay Sign Fee when invoiced and Post Sign(s)
    • The Planning Department will supply these two Wednesdays prior to the Planning Commission Public Hearing, you will receive a call for pick-up. Sign fees are $39.20 for each sign.
  • Attend mandatory Applicant Conference on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, the month after the application is filed.
  • Pay Advertising Fees when billed
    • The average advertising cost is $100 for the Planning Commission Public Hearing and between $200 to $400 for the City Council meeting. The project will require a minimum of four advertisements. Any additional advertising costs incurred due to continuances or revised proffer statements will also be the responsibility of the applicant. Planning Commission advertisement fees will be billed by the City of Chesapeake. City Council advertisement fees will be billed by the City Clerk, City of Chesapeake invoice.