Community Development & Land Use

Basic Land Use Information

Basic Land Use Information


In order to build within Providence, a zoning permit and a building permit is required. Zoning permits are issued by the city and can be found under the tab entitled “Land Use/Zoning Application Forms & Online Portal” below. Building permits are issued by Cache County and must be applied for online AFTER a zoning permit is obtained. Visit Cache County’s website by clicking here for building permit information.

Land Use Code

Providence City Land Use Code is comprised of Providence City Code Title 10 Zoning Regulations and Title 11 Subdivision Regulations.
The purposes of these land use codes are to:

  • protect and promote the health, safety, order, prosperity, and general welfare of the present and future inhabitants of the City. This includes the regulations on the height and size of buildings and other structures, percentage of lot that may be occupied, size of yards, courts, and other open spaces, density of population, and use of buildings, structures and land for trade, industry, residence or other purposes, and the landscaping thereof; and
  • promote an adequate and efficient street and road system, to prevent congestion on streets and promote traffic safety, to secure desirable public space, to ensure proper distribution of population, to provide for adequate utilities and public improvements, to provide for orderly growth and to improve the health, safety and general welfare of the people.

Permitted Land Uses

Providence City Code Title 10 Zoning Regulations, Chapter 6 Use Regulations contains the Use Chart. The chart shows which land uses are allowed in each zone. To use the chart, find your area on the Zoning Map located in the “Maps” section below. The Zone abbreviations are listed across the top row of the Use Chart. Look down the column for the uses allowed in that zone.

Area Regulations

Providence City Code Title 10 Zoning Regulations, Chapter 8 Area Regulations contains the Space Requirement Chart. To use the chart, find your area on the Zoning Map located in the “Maps” section below. The Zone abbreviations are listed across the top row of the Space Requirement chart. Look down the column for the requirements in that zone.

Review & Approval Process

Residential site plans (new homes, outbuildings, remodels, additions) are reviewed by city zoning staff, unless they require a conditional use permit. Conditional Use permits are reviewed and approved by the Administrative Land Use Authority. Commercial site plans are also reviewed by the Administrative Land Use Authority. Subdivisions are reviewed by the Executive Staff (see below), then approved by the Planning Commission at the Preliminary Plat and Final Plat stage.

Park Strip and Clear View Areas

Park Strip and Clear View Areas

The park strip is the strip of land next to a road which is between the curb or future location of a curb and the sidewalk or property line.

The following landscape elements may be used in all park strips:

GrassGround cover
BarkWood chips
Paving materialDecorative rock

Trees may be planted in park strips that are greater than 4’ in width. If trees are used they must be spaced at least 25’ apart and no greater than 30’ apart. The city recommends planting trees with a minimum caliper size of 2”. Please see the city’s Parking Strip Tree List for a list of recommended trees.

Providence City Code requires that abutting property owners provide park strip landscaping and maintenance in a safe and well-kept manner. Maintenance includes keeping the park strip clean and orderly; and free of trash, other debris, and weeds. Maintenance also includes tree pruning, removal, etc. Please see Providence City Code (PCC) 7-1-8 for the list of rules and regulations.

The following are considered obstructions and must not be placed in/or on the sidewalk, park strip, gutter, or street: refuse, building materials and similar obstructions, and permanent or temporary structures. Mailboxes may be placed in the park strip.

Vegetation that overhangs or grows into the street, curb, gutter, or sidewalk must be trimmed or cut back so that it does not impede or interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic or obstruct the vision of drivers of vehicles. Failure to properly maintain the park strip is a violation of PCC 7-1-3.

The city also has a clear view area. Obstruction of vison is not permitted from 2’ to 8’ above the finished grade of the road. Trunks of trees, open-work fences at least 70% transparent, light or telephone poles, or other small vertical protrusions not more that 12” in diameter are allowed in the clear view area.

Developments in Progress

Developments in Progress

The following developments are in progress (as of 12/31/2020):

  1. Vineyard (Life Cycle Residential); 200 E Spring Creek Pkwy
  2. Providence Gateway (Multi Family High); 100 S 485 W (NE corner)
  3. Providence Gateway North (Multi Family Medium); N of Prov. Gateway
  4. Providence City Center (Mixed Use); 100 S 485 W (NW corner)
  5. Ballard Springs Subdivision (Single Family High; 55+ Community); 515 W 500 S
  6. Shoreline Estates Subdivision (Single Family Traditional); 700 E Spring Creek Pkwy
  7. Spring Creek Apartments (Mixed Use); 265 N Gateway Dr & 565 W 100 N
  8. Fickas (3-lot commercial CHD); 700 W 300 S
  9. Homan (2 lot residential SFT); 87 S 200 W
  10. Sage Crest (15-lot residential SFT); 150 N Sherwood Dr

These are developments in progress. They are private projects with infrastructure (street, curb, gutter, sidewalk, etc.) that will be dedicated to the city in the future.

City Code allows for up to two years for such projects to be complete. The city does not manage time schedules for such projects.

City Code 4-9-3 
I. Construction or repairing of buildings. The erection (including excavation), demolition, alteration or repair of any building shall be prohibited between the hours of ten (10:00) p.m. and six (6:00) a.m. the following day, local prevailing time, except in case of urgent necessity in the interest of public health and safety, and then only with a permit from the city.

Executive Staff Review

Executive Staff Review

The executive staff review generally takes place as needed on the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Providence City Office building (164 North Gateway Drive). New applications and answers to review comments must be received at the City Office by the Wednesday prior to the meeting date.

Reviewing staff includes, but is not limited to:
Kathleen Alder, Mayor
Ryan Snow, City Manager
Skarlet Bankhead, Community Development Director
Tracy Cowdell, City Attorney (Cowdell & Woolley PC)
Max Pierce, City Engineer (CRS Engineers)
Rob Stapley, Public Works Director
Aaron Walker, Logan City Fire Dept.
Colton Love, Code Compliance & Storm Water
Michael Fortune, Planning Commission Chair



Building a fence? Please review our City Code – Fence Regulations and Fences in Commercial ZonesFence Questions and Answers, and our Clear View Detail.

General Plan

General Plan

General Plan 2020 PDF Document
Adopted by Resolution 004-2020 on April 15, 2020
6.3 Moderate Income Housing Element Goals and Objectives amended by Resolution 016-2022 adopted the 16th day of November 2022.

The above PDF contains the following chapters:
Title Page and Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Planning Context
Chapter 2: Community Context
Chapter 3: Framework for the Future
Chapter 4: Land Use, Neighborhoods, & Design
Chapter 5: Transportation Systems
Chapter 6: Moderate Income Housing Section 6-3 Overall Goals and Objectives as revised November 16, 2022
Chapter 7: Environmental Stewardship
Chapter 8: Public Services
Chapter 9: Public Safety and Emergency Management
Chapter 10: Annexation Policy Plan
Appendix A: Relevant Best Practices

General Plan Maps:
Future Rezoning of Existing Districts and Annexed Areas

What is the General Plan?

The general plan is a comprehensive policy document that is used to help guide the City in its future growth and change. In broad terms, the General Plan aims to map and communicate Providence City’s future based on a shared vision of the community. The ideas in this General Plan provide a means to improve the community character and quality of life for residents, increase prosperity and business development opportunities, and address city goals within the context of the growing region and regional impacts outlined in the plan document.

Why do we have a General Plan?

This General Plan functions in two roles for the City. First, this document updates and replaces the 2000 General Plan and ensures Providence meets the State requirements set by The State of Utah’s Land Use Development and Management Act (LUDMA). Secondly, the Plan is an advisory document that provides a basis for informed future decision making. The General Plan encourages consistency by establishing a framework for decision-making both in the short term and long-term. The plan provides guidance to land owners, current and future business owners, and residents. An understanding of the long-term vision for the City is needed so people can make decisions regarding their land with confidence in understanding the parameters of planning policies and why they are in place. City leaders and citizens have stated that they wish to preserve the character of Providence. This Plan ensures that this can be achieved while still ensuring that landowners are able to exercise their development rights.

Why do we include moderate income housing in the general plan? (Includes ADU and IADU information

Why do we include moderate income housing? (Includes ADU and IADU information)

Utah Code 10-9a-403(2)(b) requires the general plan include a moderate income housing element. The moderate income housing element includes a plan to facilitate a reasonable opportunity for a variety of housing, including moderate income housing, to meet the needs of people of various income levels living, working, or desiring to live or work in the city; and to allow people with various incomes to benefit from and fully participate in all aspects of neighborhood and community life.
The plan must analyze how the city will provide a realistic opportunity for the development of moderate income housing within the next five years. The plan must also include 3 or more moderate income strategies that are listed in the state code, identify the timeline for implementing each strategy, identify specific measures and benchmarks for implementing each strategy (whether one-time or ongoing), and provide flexibility for the municipality to make adjustments as needed.
Utah Code 10-9a-408 requires the city to annually submit a report reviewing the progress of the plan implementation to the Housing and Community Development Division within the Department of Workforce Services.
Providence City Moderate Income Element General Plan 2020 Note: the moderate income housing goals and objectives have been revised. See 6-3 Overall Goals and Objectives as revised November 16, 2022. Resolution 016-2022 amending the wording of strategies listed in 6.3 Moderate Income Housing Element, adopted the 16th day of November 2022.
Providence City submitted the report on 09/30/2022. Revised report submitted 12/08/2022.

Accessory dwelling unit (ADU) and accessory apartment unit (internal accessory dwelling unit IADU information.

The general plan overall goal for the moderate income housing element is to [plan for] housing opportunities for all people, regardless of income level, while maintaining the aesthetic qualities and public service levels Providence residents currently enjoy. Improve access to housing opportunities for low and moderate income residents. Improve fair housing practices. Encourage and support the provision of affordable housing units.

One of our strategies involves ADUs and IADUs.

An IADU is a second dwelling unit which is a self-contained dwelling unit located within a single-family dwelling unit, but has a separate entrance. It is a separate housekeeping unit that can be isolated within the original dwelling unit. An IADU maintains complete independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, sanitation, and a separate kitchen. Either the original unit or the IADU, must be owner occupied. IADUs are a permitted use in all single-family residential zones provided they comply with city, state, and other applicable conditions and criteria. Providence City calls IADU’s Accessory Apartment Units. See PCC Chapter 10-12 Accessory Apartment Unit for more information.

An ADU is a second dwelling unit which is a self-contained dwelling unit located on an owner-occupied lot or parcel. It is in a detached building which maintains complete independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation, including a separate kitchen. ADUs are a permitted use in all residential zones provided they comply with city, state, and other applicable conditions and criteria. See PCC Chapter 10-13 Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance for more information.
Internal accessory dwelling unit (IADU) owners and detached accessory dwelling unit (ADU) owners, we need your help.
If you have an IADU or an ADU, we would like to hear from you. We would also like to hear from you if you are considering adding an IADU or an ADU. Your input will help us report to the State that the city is taking the moderate income housing requirements seriously and working to plan for housing opportunities for all people, regardless of income level, while maintaining the aesthetic qualities and public service levels Providence residents currently enjoy.
We would like to know the following:

  1. Address of IADU or ADU?
  2. How long have you had your IADU or ADU?
  3. During the application and construction process, did you have obstacles that you had to overcome? If so, what were they and how did you overcome them?
  4. What recommendations do you have to streamline the process and reduce obstacles?
  5. Have you filed a deed restriction with the Cache County Recorder that either the original unit or the IADU or ADU must be owner occupied?
  6. What benefits or challenges have you incurred as a result of your IADU or ADU?

ADU/IADU Questionnaire
Thank you for sharing your experience with us!

Impact Fees

Impact Fees

Current Providence City Impact Fees

Providence City currently charges an impact fee for qualifying water facilities, wastewater facilities, roadway facilities, and park and recreation facilities. The current fees are listed in the Impact Fee Schedule 7/29/2021 Revision.

The fees apply to the service areas as defined in Providence City Code 9-1A-3: The entire area of the City and any areas outside the City serviced by such systems are hereby designated and established as one service area with respect to the culinary water system, the wastewater (sewer) system, parks and roads. 


Utah Code 11-36a-102(8) defines impact fees as follows:
(a) Impact fee means a payment of money imposed upon new development activity as a condition of development approval to mitigate the impact of the new development on public infrastructure.
(b) Impact fee does not mean a tax, a special assessment, a building permit fee, a hookup fee, a fee for project improvements, or other reasonable permit or application fee.

Impact Fee Analyses

July 2021 Wastewater Collection Impact Fee Facilities Plan and Analysis
June 2020 Wastewater Treatment Impact Fee Facilities Plan and Analysis
November 2007 Park and Recreation Impact Fee Analysis
November 2007 Park and Recreation Capital Facilities Plan
July 1997 Roadways Impact Fee Analysis
July 1997 Water Impact Fee Analysis

Impact Fee Notices

Pursuant to UCA § 11-36a-501, Providence City hereby gives notice that the City intends to prepare or amend an impact fee facilities plan for the following: roadways, parks, water, wastewater, and storm water. The geographic area where the proposed impact fee facilities for roadways, parks, storm water, and wastewater will be determined as part of the facilities plan; but will be within Providence City corporate limits. The geographic area where the proposed impact fee facilities for water will also be determined and part of the facilities plan and will be within the City’s corporate limits; however some of the water facilities may be located within the area approximately 150 feet east of the east boundary line of the City.

Pursuant to UCA § 11-36a-503, Providence City hereby gives notice that the City intends to prepare or contract to prepare an impact fee analysis for the following: Roadways, Parks, Water, Sewer, and Storm Water

06/16/2016 Notice of Intent to prepare an Impact Fee Facilities Plan and an Impact Fee Analysis
09/07/2018 Second Notice of Intent to prepare an Impact Fee Facilities Plan and an Impact Fee Analysis
09/25/2018 Notice of Public Hearing Roadway Facilities – Transportation Impact Fee Facilities Plan, Enactment of Impact Fees, Amendments to Providence City Code 9-1A Impact Fees

Land Use/Zoning Application Forms & Online Portal


Information forms and application fees have changed. Please contact the Community Development staff, (435) 752-9441, before filing an online application.

If you are filing a residential site plan, please review the Fiber at Home Requirements.

  1. Before going to the online application portal, please select and complete the information form in the list below. Example: if applying for a residential zoning permit, select the residential site plan information form.
  2. Each information form has a list of submittal requirements. All items in the list of submittal requirements must be uploaded and submitted with the online application.
  3. After completing the information form and acquiring all submittal requirement items, go to the online portal. Instructions for the portal are listed below the forms.
AppealCondominiumRight-of-Way Vacation
Code AmendmentFinal Plat Sign Permit
Commercial Interior FinishGeneral Plan Amendment Variance
Commercial Site Plan  Preliminary Plat
Concept PlanResidential Site Plan
Conditional UseRezone


  1. Scroll down the list to the appropriate online application. Example: new homes, detached accessory buildings (outbuildings), remodels, or additions, click on Residential Zoning Application.
  2. Enter all of the requested information in the online application.
  3. Upload the documents listed under submittal requirements on the information form.
  4. Select pay fees. Enter the payment information. Select submit.
    To apply & pay online, CLICK HERE and you will be taken to the online portal.





Annual Moderate-Income Housing Report (SB34)

Providence City is required by Utah Code to:
update 5-year estimates of moderate-income housing needs;
conduct a review of the moderate-income housing element of the general plan and its implementation; and
report the findings to the Housing & Community Development Division (HCDD) of the Utah Department of Workforce Services and Bear River Association of Government; and
post a copy of our website. Annual Moderate-Income Housing Report

EDC Utah Retail Marketplace Profile (Leakage Analysis)

Click here to view the report.



For questions about permits, please call our office and ask for:

Skarlet Bankhead – code questions, commercial site plans, subdivision, other inquiries
Office: (435) 752-9441; Cell (435) 994-0966
Email: sbankhead@providence.utah.gov

Diane Campbell – application submittals, zoning review, conditional use
Office: (435) 752-9441
Email: dcampbell@providence.utah.gov

Colton Love – storm water, code compliance
Office: (435) 752-9441; Cell (435) 994-1195
Email: coltonlove@providence.utah.gov

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