City of Saginaw MI -
Planning and Zoning

The Planning and Zoning Division provides staff services to the Board of Appeals on Zoning. The Board of Appeals on Zoning conducts public hearings on requests for variances from the zoning ordinance, special exceptions in interpretations of zoning district boundaries, and interpretations of the text in the zoning ordinance. The City Planning Commission holds public hearing on rezoning, street and alley vacation and special land use requests.

The Planning and Zoning Division also has the responsibility for site plan review for new construction in the City and the Historic District Commission, which reviews requests for changes to structures in the City's three historic districts. Staff also works to ensure that provisions are met. A part of this process has been updating the City's Zoning Code to comply with the Master Plan, as well as staff and citizen suggestions.

Download our Planning and Zoning Info Book

View our City Zoning Map

View the Zoning Regulations at

Michael Foust: Associate Planner
Telephone (989) 759-1303
Fax (989) 759-1592
City Hall, Second Floor, Room 208
1315 S Washington Ave
Saginaw, MI 48601
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Enhanced Law Enforcement Response to Victims Initiative:

The Saginaw Police Department is one of only three law enforcement agencies in the country that has been selected to participate in a unique program designed to help reduce crime, support victims, and enhance public safety. We ask that the residents of Saginaw participate in this anonymous survey being conducted by Saginaw Valley State University. Your participation will help the City of Saginaw Police Department expand its capacity to meet the needs of crime victims, and broaden those services where a need is indicated. This short survey is available online at the following button:

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Pre application instructions can be found here:

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