Reference information for Zoning Code Updates is available in the Archive Center.


Zoning regulates land uses within the City of Morgan Hill. Each parcel in the City is assigned to a zone that describes the regulations under which that land may be used. The Zoning Code identifies allowable uses and sets standards such as minimum lot size, maximum building height, and minimum front yard depth.

To offset the financial impact of new development or a new business on public infrastructure, land uses are subject to different impact fees. Impact fees are calculated and due at building permit issuance. The Morgan Hill Business Portal offers a free Development Impact Fee Estimate calculation.

Alternatively, the City of Morgan Hill's Engineering Land Development Division can create an estimate for your project for a $350 fee. Fees are updated twice yearly. Final impact fees may vary from the estimate. For more information, contact Engineering Land Development at 408-778-6480.

In addition, Zoning in the City of Morgan Hill is also comprised of the following codes:

  • California Environmental Quality Act
  • Cultural Resources Preservation
  • Design Review
  • Development Agreements
  • Residential Development Control System
  • School Impaction
  • Sign Code
  • Water Conserving Landscapes

Ordinance No. 2277 Appendix A - Reference ETO Table (PDF)

Ordinance No. 2277 Appendix B - Water Efficient Landscape Worksheet (PDF)

Ordinance No. 2277 Appendix C - Certificate of Compliance/Installation

Ordinance No. 2277 Appendix D - Landscape Water-Efficiency Checklist

Ordinance No. 2277 Appendix E - Soil and Grading Design Survey

Title 18 Zoning - Morgan Hill Municipal Code

Helpful Information

Downtown Specific Plan

Design Review Handbook

The City of Morgan Hill established the Design Review Handbook to set minimum standards for architecture, site planning and landscaping. These standards are applied to new development or improvements to existing development.

Final Approved Draft