Planning & Zoning Department
It is the mission of the City of Oxford's Planning Department to help ensure the health, safety, and general welfare of the public, and protect the environment relating to zoning by providing fair, consistent, and timely enforcement of local codes and ordinances through service, education, and coordination with other agencies.
The Planning Staff is available to answer questions concerning: zoning, setback requirements, subdivision regulations, rezoning matters, site plan review, annexation, property uses, variances, special use permits, special event permits and minimum housing standards. Forms you will need are available on our Permits, Applications, Forms and Fee Schedule page. Maps including the City's Zoning and Historic District Maps can be found on our Maps page.
Visual blight regulations for problems such as high grass, and abandoned/junk cars are also enforced through the Planning Department. If you need to report a visual blight problem, please contact the Planning Director Cheryl Hart at 919-603-1117.
The Planning Department is responsible for the Oxford Comprehensive Plan which provides guidance for current and future development throughout the City. They also coordinate comprehensive plans such as the Pedestrian & Bicycle Plans and Community Development Block Grants.
Planning Director, Cheryl Hart is the staff advisor to various Boards and Commissions such as the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Community Appearance Commission, and Historic Preservation Commission. Visit our Boards and Commissions page to find out more.
The Development Process has been developed to help landowners, architects, engineers, developers and other interested parties understand all phases of the development review process in the corporate limits and extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of the City of Oxford. With the numerous codes, policies, and procedures involved in securing development approval, this guide is designed to make the development process more understandable while providing staff adequate opportunity to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.
Minimum Housing Standards – Demolished structure replaced with a duplex