Below are brief descriptions of the City of Modesto's
Zoning Codes. For more detailed descriptions, please refer
to the Municipal Code.
R-1: Low-Density Residential Zone
Generally, one (1) single-family home or two (2) single-family homes,
or a duplex if on a corner lot.
R-2: Medium-Density Residential Zone
Multi-family allowable lot, dwelling units to be
determined by the size of the lot, typically two
dwelling units on standard lots.
R-3: Medium-High-Density Residential Zone
Higher density, multi-family residential zone. Number of
dwelling units allowed is determined by the lot size.
P-O: Professional Office Zone
Nonresidential uses that are not as invasive as
commercial zoning. Uses include business and
C-1: Neighborhood Commercial Zone
Neighborhood Commercial allows retail and service uses
that typically serve neighborhoods such as grocery
stores and banks.
C-2: General Commercial Zone
General Commercial uses that serve the broader
community, such as appliance stores and auto dealers.
C-3: Highway Commercial Zone
Commercial zoning serves a region for such uses as department
stores and building supply stores.
C-M: Commercial Industrial Zone
For heavy commercial uses not otherwise permitted in other
commercially-zoned lots including auto body shop, auto
painting, cabinet shop and
equipment rental lots.
M-1: Light Industrial Zone
Light Industrial uses such as breweries, recycling
process facilities and lumber and wood production
M-2: Heavy Industrial Zone
Heavy Industrial uses include manufacturing, processing and fabricating
P-D: Planned Development Zone
Planned Development Zones are created to encourage
creative and effective land uses for mixed and
multi-purpose development. Planned Development Zones are
individually tailored to specific parcels.
SP-H: Specific Plan Holding Zone
For the assistance of orderly transition of property
from long-term agricultural use to urban development in
areas to be developed as a part of the City's Specific
SP: Specific Plan
For permitting various land uses including residential,
industrial, and commercial development through specific
Contact our Planning Division at
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Information provided through the Development Center is for general reference and may not apply to your project
Please call (209) 577-5232 for more information.