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: 

Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) and Subdivision Ordinance

The County of Kaua‘i adopted the first General Plan in 1971 (updated in 1984, 2000, and 2018). Subsequently, in September 1, 1972, the County of Kaua‘i adopted the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO).  The CZO establishes land districts and delineates types of permitted uses that can take place in those districts, as well as provides regulations and standards for land development and the construction of buildings and other structures in the County of Kaua‘i. The regulations and standards prescribed in the CZO are intended to promote development that is compatible with Kaua‘i's scenic beauty and environment.

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

Since their adoption, the County of Kaua'i has approved several amendments to specific provisions of the CZO as well as the Subdivision Ordinance. The Planning Department continues to update and amend the CZO and Subdivision Ordinance.  For the current version of the CZO, refer to Chapter 8 of the Kauai County Code.  For the current Subdivision Ordinance, refer to Chapter 9 of the Kauai County Code.    Kauai County Code: 

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.

CPR Forms and Documents

 TitleModified DateSize
CPR Act 497/19/201876.68 KB
CPR Authorization Form10/12/2022260.02 KB
CPR Inspections Memo (Jan. 2016)7/19/201850.58 KB
CPR New Procedures Memo (Aug. 2016)7/19/2018164.20 KB
CPR Zoning Clearance Request Form4/2/2019299.97 KB

OIP and Dept. Determination Request Forms

 TitleModified DateSize
Department Determination Request Form 12/21/2020204.35 KB
OIP- Request to Access a Government Record Form6/8/2020140.20 KB

Subdivision Forms

 TitleModified DateSize
Subdivision Application4/7/2020189.12 KB

Special Planning Area Regulations

Planning Department Resource Documents

 Modified DateTitleSize
4/15/2013April 15, 2013 Planning Administrative Rule Changes263.59 KB
10/17/2013Use Permit 129.13 KB
10/17/2013Variance Permit110.49 KB
10/17/2013Special Permit247.08 KB
10/17/2013Home Business Requirements34.02 KB
10/17/2013Residential Zoning Requirements31.44 KB
10/17/2013Standard Setbacks Plot Plan31.14 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
4/17/2015April 2015 SMA Minor Permits81.00 KB
6/15/2015Ordinance 981 Additional Dwelling Unit279.79 KB
10/3/2019Amendments to Chapter 6 of the Planning Commission Rules relating to Agency Hearing Procedures935.05 KB
10/3/2019Amendments to Chapter 9 of the Planning Commission Rules Related to Appeals592.62 KB
10/3/2019Interpretive Administrative Zoning Rules and Regulations (2014) of the Planning Commission related to Ch. 8, 9, 10 of the K.C.C. (1987)813.50 KB
10/4/2019TVR Amendment to the Interpretive Administrative Rules of the Planning Commission (2017)229.47 KB
4/6/2020Zoning Amendment Information154.34 KB
4/8/2020General Submittal Requirements269.22 KB
10/29/2020Notary/ Jurat Forms for Authorization to Act on Property Owners Behalf Form 28.88 KB
4/22/2021Draft Guest House Administrative Rules 78.66 KB
6/6/2022Farm Dwelling Agreement Form and Coversheet (updated 6/6/22)504.68 KB
9/6/2022Farm Plan 09.16.2022682.05 KB
10/12/2022CPR Authorization Form and Authorized Agent Form 260.02 KB
10/12/2022Zoning Permit Application (version 10/4/2022)325.67 KB
12/21/2022Subordination Agreement 05.24.202249.90 KB