What's the difference between a permitted use and a conditional use?
Most uses in each zoning district are permitted "as of right." That means the uses are permitted with special conditions set out in the zoning ordinance without the requirement for public hearings and board approvals. But certain uses in certain districts are only allowed by conditional use permit. Conditional uses can be approved by the Planning Commission after a public hearing with prior notification to nearby owners and proper advertisement. Examples of conditional uses include home occupations, daycare facilities, and nursing homes. Other uses permitted in some zones may be conditional uses in others.

For a complete list please refer to the Permitted Use Chart contained within Title 16. The approving board can impose reasonable conditions or deny the request if it is determined to be inconsistent with the adopted plan or has too much negative impact on surrounding property.

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1. How can I get a map and/or an aerial photo that shows the area around the property I am looking to purchase?
2. How do I find my property lines?
3. How can I tell if a property is inside or outside the Hot Springs city limits?
4. How can I find out whether my neighbor can build a second story?
5. Do I need a building permit to put a storage shed or shop on my property?
6. Can I use my camper / trailer / recreational vehicle for temporary living quarters?
7. How do I find out the zoning designation on my property and my neighbor's property? What does it mean, and how does it restrict the way that we can use our land?
8. How do I know if a permit has been issued for construction projects in our neighborhood?
9. I believe that the contractors who helped build my home are not building to the Code. What should I do?
10. I think my neighbor is using his property illegally according to the zoning rules. Where do I make a complaint?
11. Is my property in the floodplain?
12. What are building setbacks?
13. What can I do if my neighbor is trying to change the zoning on his property, and I don't like his plans?
14. What does it mean if my property is located in a historic district?
15. What does the Planning and Development Department do?
16. What height fence can I build?
17. What if a property owner wants to do something on his or her property that is not allowed by the current zoning designation? How can he or she get it changed?
18. What is a subdivision or plat, and what does it do? Do I need to have one to sell my property?
19. What is the Comprehensive Plan, and how is it developed?
20. What is zoning?
21. What permit do I need to build a new house?
22. What permit do I need to build a room addition?
23. What permits do I need to build a commercial or office building?
24. What permits do I need to build a deck?
25. What's the difference between a permitted use and a conditional use?
26. When is a building permit necessary for a remodeling or building project in our neighborhood?
27. Where is the department located, and what hours are you open?
28. Which building code(s) is the city currently enforcing?
29. Who can answer my tree and landscaping questions?
30. Who owns the property next to me?