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Planning and Zoning Code Update

The city is embarking on a year-long project to update the Planning and Zoning Code. The existing code was adopted in the early 1980s and has undergone piecemeal updates throughout the years. A goal from the 2019 Fairfield Forward Comprehensive Plan recommended a complete overall of the existing code in order to carry out the goals and policies outlined in the plan.

The Planning and Zoning Code is the city’s primary tool to guide development throughout the community. It sets standards as to how land can be used such as placement of a building on a lot, how tall a building can be, and the type of signage that can be used to advertise a business. It also addresses the design of new subdivisions in terms of roadway layout, lot size and drainage.

The update will look at making the code more user friendly by updating existing terminology, improving the overall organization, incorporating tables and graphics, and expanding design guidelines throughout the city where appropriate.

The city received proposals from several qualified consulting firms and ultimately selected McBride Dale Clarion, a local firm specializing in code revisions, to lead the update for the city.  

To follow the process and stay up-to-date on proposed changes, please visit

Riegert Square Revitalization Renderings


The City of Fairfield Development Services Department is responsible for all building and site plan reviews, comprehensive city planning, economic development, flood zone administration, building permits and inspections, and property maintenance inspections.

The Department is devoted to growing, maintaining, and enhancing Fairfield’s commercial and residential base. Staff prides itself on being business-friendly, with a sharp focus on customer service. The Department also provides support and guidance for City Council, Planning Commission, and the Board of Zoning Appeals.