Step 5: Legislative Action

Authority for final approval or denial of the rezoning request rests with the proper legislative body – either with the Louisville Metro Council or with the appropriate city council of the county’s 2nd, 3rd, and 4th class cities that have zoning authority. Anchorage, Douglass Hills, Graymoor-Devondale, Hurstbourne, Indian Hills, Jeffersontown, Lyndon, Prospect, Shively, St. Regis Park, and St. Matthews are the cities within Jefferson County with zoning authority.

1.  The appropriate legislative body has a first reading of the rezoning case. If this happens to be Louisville Metro Council for your property, click here for meeting schedules or to watch a Council meeting online.


2.  At the next meeting, the legislative body has a second reading of the case and a decision to approve or deny the rezoning request is made, taking into account the Planning Commission’s recommendation. An Ordinance is issued, noting the final decision.


3.  The Case Manager receives a copy of the Ordinance and transmits the development plans, provided no additional information was requested by the legislative body. If additional information is requested, revised plans showing these changes should be submitted within 14 days of the final decision. If you disagree with the legislative action, you have the option to file suit in Jefferson Circuit Court.


4.  The rezoning process is now complete. You are ready to begin the building permit process.

Additional information about rezoning in Louisville:

Click here for a one-page overview of the rezoning process.

Anyone interested in requesting a zoning change or viewing any public records on rezoning requests may come to the Planning and Design Services office (444 S. 5th Street, Suite 300, Louisville, 40202) Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Click here to open the Land Development Code.

Click here to link to the LOJIC webpage, if you are interested in finding your zoning.