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Zoning, Setbacks, & Regulations

Municipal Code Online (Hosted Offsite By Code Publishing Inc.)

The City of Walnut Creek is divided into base districts or zones within which permitted and conditionally permitted land uses are established. Each standard zoning district contains regulations that govern the lot size, building bulk, placement, and other development standards such as building height, parking requirements, and specific land use regulations. Requirements vary from district to district, but they must be uniform and applied consistently within each district unless a Variance is granted.

The Municipal Code is available online using the link above. The zoning regulations within the Municipal Code may be viewed by selecting the following:

Frequently Accessed Zoning Regulations

Summary of Use Classifications. A cross-reference table showing a land use in relation to where it is permitted, conditionally, permitted, or not allowed.

Parking Requirements

Cannabis Permit Information

The City of Walnut Creek has adopted an ordinance governing the potential operation of up to two non-storefront medicinal cannabis businesses for delivery-only.  Forms and guidelines are available on the Cannabis Permit Information webpage.

    Zoning Maps

    Unincorporated Walnut Creek

    Portions of the Walnut Creek area are located outside of the City Limit and under the jurisdiction of Contra Costa County. These neighborhoods include the Northgate area, the Saranap area, Pleasant Hill BART Station vicinity, and portions of Walnut Heights.  For zoning information, contact County Planning at (925) 335-1360 or visit the Contra Costa County Map and Property Information site.

    Planned Development (PD) Zoning Districts

    Planned Development (PD) zoning districts were extensively used in the 1960s and 1970s as a tool to recognize not all properties or proposed developments fit into standard districts. PD zoning also provide flexibility for the City to tailor master planned developments in order to preserve open space, create recreational opportunities, and assemble land uses which would not have otherwise been allowed. The City of Walnut Creek has over 100 PD districts whose approving ordinances are available for review.

    Planned Development Zoning Index


    Overlay Zoning Districts       

    • O-1- Lennon Lane at Shadelands Business Park  
    • O-2 - Sunnyvale Avenue
    • O-3 - Ygnacio Valley Road and Lacassie Avenue
    • O-4 - 185 La Casa Via (Repealed)
    • O-5 - Iron Horse Trail Setback
    • O-6 - Countrywood Shopping Center
    • O-7 - Interland at Shadelands Business Park
    • O-8 - Lockwood at North Gate Road
    • O-9 - 1651 Oak Grove Road
    • O-10- San Miguel Elementary School (Expired)
    • O-11 - 2099 Mount Diablo Blvd
    • O-12- Walden Road to Oak Road Multifamily
    • O-13 - Country Lane
    • O-14 - Chaparral
    • O-15 - Weber & Wasko
    • O-16 - Natural Creek Area from Ygnacio Valley Road to Rudgear Road
    • O-17 - N/a
    • O-18 - Bancroft Village Area
    • O-19 - The Mansion Bed & Breakfast
    • O-20 - Stow Avenue
    • O-21 - 1224 Lincoln Avenue
    • O-22 - Carina Court Single Family Homes