Regulatory Planning Division

The Regulatory Planning Division administers the zoning and subdivision ordinances that control land use in Kauai County.  Services include the review and analysis of development projects including: 


Current Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO)

The County of Kaua'i adopted the first General Plan in 1971 (updated in 1984 and 2000). Subsequently, the County of Kaua'i adopted the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) in September 1, 1972. Since its adoption, the County of Kaua'i has approved several amendments to specific provisions of the CZO. However, the CZO has not been updated in a comprehensive manner since its adoption.
The County of Kaua'i Planning Department is currently updating the CZO and has divided the project into two phases, with the first phase focusing on organization and format changes. This involves mainly moving or relocating existing provisions to more appropriate locations in the code and re-codifying ordinance amendments made to the CZO. The second phase will show the newly reformatted document with more substantive changes to the code which is slated to occur after the first phase has been completed.

On December 3, 2012, the County approved the first phase of the CZO Update by adopting Ordinance No. 935. Ordinance No. 935 is the newly adopted zoning code for the County of Kaua'i and will serve as the official zoning code until the County of Kaua'i completes the second phase of the project.


Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (Ordinance No. 935)

Subdivision Ordinance

The Subdivision Ordinance provides regulations and standards for the subdivision of land in Kauai County. Like the CZO, it is intended to ensure that new development is compatible with the overall character of the County.

Subdivision Ordinance

Ordinance No. 946 (Related to Sidewalk and Block Length Requirements)

Online Forms

The following application and permit information forms are provided as a resource to applicants.  Note that all applications require consultation with Planning Department staff, and may require additional forms beyond what is available online.  To verify what permit application is required for your project, please consult the CZO and contact the Planning Department at (808) 241-4050.

Planning Department Resource Documents

 Modified DateTitleSize
11/17/2011Special Management Area - Rules and Regulations 1.46 MB
4/15/2013April 15, 2013 Planning Administrative Rule Changes263.59 KB
6/28/2013Determination Request Form143.22 KB
10/17/2013Use Permit 129.13 KB
10/17/2013Variance Permit110.49 KB
10/17/2013Special Management Area (SMA) Permit198.41 KB
10/17/2013Special Permit247.08 KB
10/17/2013Home Business Requirements34.02 KB
10/17/2013Residential Zoning Requirements31.44 KB
10/17/2013CPR Authorization Signatures Form17.81 KB
10/17/2013Standard Setbacks Plot Plan31.14 KB
10/17/2013Office of Information Practices: Request to Access a Government Record Form84.23 KB
10/17/2013Use Agreement Form23.91 KB
6/25/2014Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Planning Commission (Updated May 2014)197.05 KB
8/1/2014Farm Dwelling Agreement Form276.40 KB
8/1/2014Farm Dwelling Agreement Form (CPR)507.72 KB
3/9/2015Shoreline Setback Application-Fillable Form396.39 KB
3/9/2015Shoreline Setback Application565.52 KB
3/17/2015March 17, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications1.56 MB
3/19/2015March 19, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications1.05 MB
4/8/2015Interpretive Administrative Zoning Rules and Regulations of the Planning Commission813.50 KB
4/17/2015April 2015 SMA Minor Permits81.00 KB
6/15/2015Ordinance 981 Additional Dwelling Unit279.79 KB
8/26/2015August 26, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications2.11 MB
9/17/2015September 14, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Application1.61 MB
11/3/2015May 5, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications4.26 MB
11/3/2015May 18, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications3.64 MB
11/3/2015May 29, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications3.12 MB
11/3/2015June 1, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications1.76 MB
11/3/2015June 19, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications2.58 MB
11/3/2015July 1, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications1.01 MB
11/3/2015July 14, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications3.22 MB
11/3/2015July 20, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications9.55 MB
11/3/2015July 30, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications4.22 MB
11/3/2015August 10, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications3.62 MB
11/3/2015August 20, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications2.02 MB
11/3/2015September 1, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications6.06 MB
11/3/2015September 29, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications6.60 MB
11/3/2015October 13, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications4.92 MB
11/16/201511-16-15 Shoreline Determinations4.49 MB
12/4/2015December 4, 2015 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications1.16 MB
1/12/2016January 12, 2016 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications2.17 MB
1/25/2016January 25, 2016 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications936.36 KB
2/29/2016February 29, 2016 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications915.34 KB
3/23/2016March 2, 2016 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications4.72 MB
4/4/2016March 29, 2016 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications5.58 MB
4/14/2016General Submittal Requirements330.02 KB
5/6/2016May 6, 2016 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications5.70 MB
5/17/2016May 17, 2016 Shoreline Setback Determinations Applications4.20 MB
6/22/2016June 22, 2016 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications5.66 MB
7/6/2016July 5, 2016 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications6.03 MB
8/16/2016August 16, 2016 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications5.06 MB
9/9/2016September 9, 2016 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications2.81 MB
10/18/2016October 18, 2016 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications3.06 MB
10/28/2016November 1, 2016 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications3.91 MB
12/6/2016December 6, 2016 Shoreline Setback Determination Applcations751.68 KB
2/6/2017February 6, 2017 Shoreline Setback Determination Applications4.85 MB
2/10/2017Special Management Area (SMA) Permit Assessment Form313.21 KB