Zoning Ordinance

The City of Oak Forest Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map were approved in 2014. The Zoning Ordinance regulates land use, lot size, landscaping, parking and other development related requirements, as well as procedures to request zoning relief from the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. The Zoning Map (see below) illustrates the zoning districts described in the Zoning Ordinance.

The Community Development Department is responsible for reviewing projects for compliance with the Zoning Ordinance and amended it as directed by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. For development requirements visit the Zoning Applications page.


Zoning Ordinance

Article 1 - Title and Purpose

Article 2 - Zoning Districts

Article 3 - Single Family Residential Districts (R1, R2, R3, R4)

Article 4 - Multi-family Residential Districts (R5, R6)

Article 5 - Commercial Districts (C1, C2, C3)

Article 6 - Office District (O1)

Article 7 - Industrial District (I1)

Article 8 - Special Districts 

Article 9 - General Applicability
Part 1-A - Accessory Structures and Uses
Part 1-B - Parking and Loading
Part 1-C - Signs
Part 1-D - Buffers and Landscaping
Part 2 - Supplemental Regulations for Particular Uses
201 - Personal Wireless Services (Towers, Antennas, and Equipment)
202 - Automobile Dealerships (New & Used)
203 - Accessory Tattoo Parlor Establishments
Part 3-A - Sexually Oriented Uses
Part 3-B - Massage Establishments
Part 4 - Adult-use Cannabis Business Establishments

Article 10 - Nonconformities

Article 11 - Administration
Section 505 - Design Review

Article 12 - Applicability

Appendix A - Table of Uses

Appendix B - Table of Amendments

What zoning category is my property?

Follow the instructions below.


  1. Enter the address in the search bar in the map below (upper right corner).

  2. Click the magnifying glass or hit the “Enter” key.

  3. Click the colored area on top of the property to view pop-up of specific zoning category, type and description.

Zoning Map