Conditional Use Permit

How Do I Apply?

Please visit the Land Development & Zoning Applications Section of our Citizenserve Citizen Access Portal.

When is a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Required?

Within each zoning district, the Unified Development Ordinance specifies a range of land uses which the County’s zoning standards allow by right, as well as a list of more restrictive conditional uses, any of which must instead be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission, and approved by the County Council, on a case-by-case basis. In approving a conditional use, the County Council may impose specific requirements to insure that the use will not injure the use and enjoyment of nearby properties nor substantially diminish or impair property values.

Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Application and Approval Process & Fee Info

The steps for approval of a conditional use permit include:
  • Applicant consults with Planning & Zoning Division staff. (Highly recommended)
  • Complete application submitted, typically 4-8 weeks before the public hearing (see Planning & Zoning Commission for deadlines)
  • County staff processes application. This includes notifying the owners of property within 500 feet of the property, posting a sign on the property, and notifying pertinent public agencies.
  • Planning and Zoning Commission conducts public hearing and votes on a recommendation concerning the application. The Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month.
  • County Council approves or denies the application, with or without conditions.
Complete applications must include:
  • Payment of the fee specified in Section 425.020.B of the Unified Development Ordinance
  • A legal description of the tract
  • A recent certificate of title or deed to the property showing ownership
  • A preliminary site plan indicating the layout of the proposed use on the parcel. The site plan should not only depict where the building will be located, but include any site features such as parking lots, driveways, outdoor storage areas, and landscape buffers and sight-proof fences


If you have any questions, please contact the St. Charles County Planning and Zoning Division at 636-949-7335.