Merced Zoning Ordinance

On September 6, 2016, the Merced City Council introduced Ordinance #2465, adopting a new Zoning Ordinance for the City of Merced (the first comprehensive update of the Ordinance since its adoption in the early 1960's).  After a second reading and adoption on September 19, 2016, the Ordinance became effective on October 19, 2016.   Various amendments to the Zoning Ordinance have since occurred and those amendments are reflected in the Merced Zoning Ordinance available for download below.  The Zoning Ordinance is available in one complete document or in individual chapters.  For information about the process for developing and adopting the new Zoning Ordinance, please refer to the Zoning Ordinance Update webpage.  If you have any questions about the Zoning Ordinance, please contact the Merced City Planning and Permitting Division by phone at 209-385-6858 or come by and see us on the 2nd Floor of the Merced Civic Center at 678 W. 18th St, Merced.

00a--Entire Merced Zoning Ordinance (Amended 4-17-19)

Merced Zoning Ordinance (Amended April 17, 2019)
File Name: Merced Zoning Ordinance--Amended-04-17-2019.pdf
Revision Date: 4/17/2019
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Ordinance #2465 (Adoption of the Zoning Ordinance)
File Name: Ordinance No. 2465.pdf
Revision Date: 9/23/2016
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00b--Zoning Ordinance Title Pages and Table of Contents

Merced Zoning Ordinance Cover and Title Pages
File Name: Merced Zoning Ordinance Cover.pdf
Revision Date: 9/23/2016
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Merced Zoning Ordinance Table of Contents
File Name: Merced_ZO_TOC-Amended 1-3-18.pdf
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01--Part 1--Enactment and Applicability

01--Part 1--Enactment and Applicability Table of Contents
File Name: 00_TOC_Part1.pdf
Revision Date: 9/23/2016
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Chapter 20.02--Purpose
File Name: 20.02_Purpose.pdf
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Chapter 20.04--Interpretation
File Name: 20.04_Interpretation.pdf
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Chapter 20.06--Zoning Districts and Map
File Name: 20.06_Zoning_Districts.pdf
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02--Part 2--Zoning District Standards

02--Part 2--Zoning Ordinance Standards Table of Contents
File Name: 00_TOC_Part2.pdf
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Chapter 20.08--Residential Zoning Districts
File Name: 20.08_Residential_Zones.pdf
Revision Date: 9/23/2016
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Chapter 20.10--Commercial Zoning Districts--Amended 3-19-18
File Name: 20.10_Commercial_Zones-Amended 3-19-18.pdf
Revision Date: 3/30/2018
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Chapter 20.12--Industrial Zoning Districts--Amended 1-1-18
File Name: 20.12_Industrial_Zones-Amended 1-3-18.pdf
Revision Date: 9/23/2016
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Chapter 20.14--Downtown Zoning Districts
File Name: 20.14_Downtown.pdf
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Chapter 20.16--Urban Village Zoning Districts
File Name: 20.16_Urban_Village_Zones.pdf
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Chapter 20.18--Public Use and Agricultural Zoning Districts
File Name: 20.18_PublicUse_Ag_Zones.pdf
Revision Date: 9/23/2016
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Chapter 20.20--Special Use Zoning Districts
File Name: 20.20_Other_Zones.pdf
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Chapter 20.22--Overlay Zones
File Name: 20.22_Overlay_Zones.pdf
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03--Part 3--General Regulations

03--Part 3--General Regulations Table of Contents--Amended 1-3-18
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Chapter 20.24--Height Measurement and Exceptions
File Name: 20.24_HeightMeasurementExceptions.pdf
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Chapter 20.26--Setback Measurement and Projections
File Name: 20.26_SetbackReqExceptions.pdf
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Chapter 20.28--Accessory Structures
File Name: 20.28_AccessoryStructuresUses.pdf
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Chapter 20.30--Walls and Fences
File Name: 20.30_WallsFencesScreens.pdf
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Chapter 20.32--Interface Regulations
File Name: 20.32_InterfaceRegulations.pdf
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Chapter 20.34--Creek Buffers
File Name: 20.34_CreekBuffers.pdf
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Chapter 20.36--Landscaping
File Name: 20.36_Landscaping.pdf
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Chapter 20.38--Parking and Loading
File Name: 20.38_ParkingLoading.pdf
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Chapter 20.40--Small Lot Single Family Homes
File Name: 20.40_SmallLotSFHomes.pdf
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Chapter 20.42--Second Units
File Name: 20.42_SecondUnits.pdf
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Chapter 20.44--Special Land Use Regulations--Amended 4-17-19
File Name: 20.44_SpecialLandUseRegs-Amended 4-17-19.pdf
Revision Date: 4/17/2019
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Chapter 20.46--Residential Design Standards
File Name: 20.46_ResidentialDesignStds.pdf
Revision Date: 9/23/2016
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Chapter 20.48--Home Occupations
File Name: 20.48_HomeOccCottageInd.pdf
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Chapter 20.50--Temporary Uses and Structures
File Name: 20.50_TempUsesStructures.pdf
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Chapter 20.52--Nonconforming Parcels, Uses, and Structures
File Name: 20.52_NonconformParcelsUsesStructures.pdf
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Chapter 20.54--Condominiums
File Name: 20.54_Condominiums.pdf
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Chapter 20.56--Density Bonus
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Chapter 20.58--Wireless Communications Facilities
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Chapter 20.60--Adult Entertainment Businesses
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Chapter 20.62--Signs
File Name: 20.62_Signs.pdf
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04--Part 4--Permits and Administration

04--Part 4--Permits and Administration Table of Contents
File Name: 00_TOC_Part4.pdf
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Chapter 20.64--Administrative Responsibility
File Name: 20.64_AdministrativeResponsibility.pdf
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Chapter 20.66--Permit Application and Review
File Name: 20.66_PermitApplicationandReview.pdf
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Chapter 20.68--Permit Requirements
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Chapter 20.70--Public Notice and Hearings
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Chapter 20.72--Post-Decision Procedures
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Chapter 20.74--Appeals
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Chapter 20.76--Convenants for Easements
File Name: 20.76_CovenantsforEasements.pdf
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Chapter 20.78--Conditional Zoning
File Name: 20.78_ConditionalZoning.pdf
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Chapter 20.80--Zoning Ordinance Amendments
File Name: 20.80_ZoningOrdinanceAmendments.pdf
Revision Date: 9/23/2016
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Chapter 20.82--General Plan Amendments
File Name: 20.82_GeneralPlanAmendments.pdf
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Chapter 20.84--Reasonable Accommodations
File Name: 20.84_ReasonableAccommodations.pdf
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Chapter 20.86--Development Agreements
File Name: 20.86_DevelopmentAgreements.pdf
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05--Part 5--Glossary (Definitions)

Part 5--Chapter 20.90--Glossary (Definitions)
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