Planning & Zoning Frequently Asked Questions
What is the zoning for a particular property?
You can contact the City’s Planning Division at (636) 639-2032 and find out a property’s specific zoning, or you may view the City’s Zoning Map to view this information regarding properties within the City of Wentzville. See Zoning Map.
Can I open a business out of my home?
The City of Wentzville does permit a Home Based Business. The business must comply with City Code, which limits the type of businesses that can be operated out of your home. Permitted Home Businesses typically involve office use without employee's, inventory or storage. Please contact the Planning Division to register a Home Based Business at (636) 639-2065.
How would I go about annexing my property into the City of Wentzville?
Voluntary Annexation is a simplified process. Contact the City's Planning Division at (636) 639-2031 or Administration at (636) 639-2010 to initiate an application. The application is available at this link: Annexation Policy and Application.
Where can I find the Covenants and Restrictions of my subdivision?
When subdivisions are recorded, covenants and restrictions are usually recorded with the plats which place certain restrictions of properties within the subdivision. Copies of these documents can be obtained at the St. Charles County Recorder of Deeds located at 201 N. Second St., St. Charles MO, or by calling (636) 949-7505.
What are building setbacks?
Building setbacks are minimum distances by which any building or structure must be separated from a property line. These setbacks assure the adequate distance to provide for supply of light and air, fire protection and more generally to assure the health safety and general welfare of property owners.
How can I find out the building setbacks for my lot?
Setbacks may obtained by contacting the City's Planning Division at (636) 639-2032.
I would like to add an accessory structure (swimming pool, detached garage, deck, etc.) to my property. What are the limitations for such structures?
The City has minimum zoning standards concerning accessory structures (size restrictions, height, location and setback requirements). For more information concerning these standards, submittal procedures or to obtain a Building Permit application, please contact the Building Division at (636) 327-5101.
I would like to place an off-premise sign advertising my business, service or organization, along city streets or on other property. What are the City's requirements concerning this type of signage?
This type of signage is prohibited by the City of Wentzville. Off-premise signs are defined as signs which advertise products, or businesses which are not located on the same location as the sign. An owner's permission to place a sign on property does not allow having the use of the sign.
I would like to have an event (picnic, festival, etc.) at my church or business. Does the City allow such events and if so, what are the requirements?
The City does allow these events, with the approval of a Special Events Permit. The permits include conditions which ensure the general health and safety of the event and typically regulate parking, temporary structures and signage. For more information concerning special events, please contact the City's Parks and Recreation Department at (636) 332-9236.
What is a public hearing?
Public Hearings are held on matters when required by law or as directed by the City. Public Hearings are typically associated with a Rezoning, Conditional Use Permit or Variance application. Persons who wish to speak at public hearings will be heard in the early portion of a meeting at the discretion of the meeting chairman following a published agenda for the City Board or Commission.
To view current public hearing notices, please click here, or call (636) 639-2032 for more information. To submit a Comment Form on a Planning application's Public Hearing complete the online form at www.wentzvillemo.gov/publiccomments.
What are the guidelines for fencing?
The City Code regulates the location, height and material of a fence. Any fence or portion of a fence that is leaning, sagging, or missing supports and/or pickets is required to be replaced or repaired. Fence questions can be answered by the City's Building Division. A fence permit is required for all new fencing. For questions, submittal procedures or to obtain a Building Permit application, please contact the Building Division at (636) 327-5101.
What does "grandfathered" mean?
Grandfathered is another way to describe something that is considered existing and nonconforming. Grandfathered or existing non-conforming is a term used to describe a situation that existed prior to the adoption of a new ordinance or law. For example: A resident has a 48 inch high fence in their front yard which was constructed 10 years ago. The neighbor desires to construct the same fence in their front yard, but a new ordinance was passed three years ago which still permits a fence in the front yard, but only 42 inches high. The 48 inch high fence is "grandfathered" because it existed prior to the adoption of the new height limitation.
Can I build a gravel driveway?
Gravel driveways, or gravel parking pads are not permitted in Wentzville. Pre-existing gravel drives or pads may be maintained, but may not be enlarged.
Are the City's Codes and Ordinances online?
Yes. The City Codes can be found by clicking on this link, with a link to the Zoning Regulations and Subdivision Regulations. Ordinances that have been adopted but have not yet been codified can be found by going to the City's website and clicking on "Government - Municipal Code".