Zoning Ordinance

The Zoning Ordinance for the City of Shelbyville establishes minimum lot size, minimum building setbacks, maximum height, and maximum density permitted for development and land use in the city. It also establishes the manner in which land can be used.

Rezoning:  The process of requesting amending the Existing Zoning Map by changing the classification or the zone of a property is referred to as rezoning or zoning amendment. A rezoning request should be supported by the Future Land Use Map which is included in the Comprehensive Plan.

Below is the breakdown of the rezoning process:

  1. It is recommended, but it is not mandatory, that you get in touch with the Planning Department to discuss the request for rezoning before you submit an official application.
  2. For an application to be considered complete, you will need to e-mail a complete application to Planning@shelbyvilletn.org or to waleed.albakry@shelbyvilletn.org before the submittal deadline which is available on our website. A complete application will have to include the filled-out application form and a copy of the receipt for the fees. The e-mail will have to explain what you are applying for (the name, the existing zone, the target zone and the target date you have for going to the Planning Commission). If the rezoning application has a Concept Plan, then a separate paper copy of the Concept Plan is required to be sent directly to Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewer (SPWS), attention: John Freeman. The paper copy must be delivered to SPWS before the submission deadline.
  1. The Planning Department will circulate the request to the relevant city departments and agencies.
  1. There will be a pre-planning meeting that includes all relevant city departments and agencies. The dates for the pre-planning meetings can be accessed by following URL
  1. The applicant is required to attend the pre-planning meeting and to provide clarifications, if needed.
  1. After the pre-planning, the relevant city departments and agencies will send their comments, if they have any, to the Planning Department.
  1. All comments, including the comments from the Planning Department, are consolidated in one document and sent to the applicant.
  1. Applicants are required to address all the comments and make the necessary changes, if needed, and send their resubmittal to the Planning Department.
  1. The Planning Department prepares an analysis report along with the recommendations and submit them to the Planning Commission.
  2. The Planning Commission discusses the rezoning application and either provides favorable or unfavorable recommendations to the City Council (Sometimes the Planning Commission might choose to defer an item if more information is needed).
  3. The rezoning request is brought forward to the City Council for First Reading (before going to Council for First Reading, the rezoning request goes to the Council Study Session that is always held a week before the Council meeting. The goal of the Council Study Session in the City of Shelbyville is to provide in-depth information to the City Council. City Council discusses the rezoning request with staff and Council members might ask applicants questions during the Study Session, but the City Council does not vote on applications during the Study Sessions).
  4. The rezoning request is brought forward to the City Council for Public Hearing & Second Reading (before going to Council for Public Hearing & Second Reading, the rezoning request goes to the Council Study Session that is always held a week before the Council meeting. The goal of the Council Study Session in the City of Shelbyville is to provide in-depth information to City Council. City Council discusses the rezoning request with staff and Council members might ask applicants questions during the Study Session, but the City Council does not vote on applications during the Study Sessions).
  5. The decision of the City Council, which is carried out through an ordinance, takes effect fifteen (days) after the Public Hearing & Second Reading.
Shelbyville Zoning Ordinance

Table of uses – Appendix 1

Zoning Map 
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