Hawai‘i Land Use Regulatory System
A simplified explanation of Hawai‘i’s complex system of land use regulation, which involves State Land Use classifications, County Zoning districts, General Plan designations, and more.
The Hawai‘i County Code Chapter 25 is known as the "Zoning Code." It defines permitted land uses within the State Land Use "Urban" and "Agricultural" classifications. For each Zoning district, the Code spells out required building setbacks, height limits, and other constraints.
Each of the various Zoning District identifiers is defined on this list.
Permitted Uses Table
A quick-reference guide to the allowable uses of land within the various zoning district designations.
Maps of the entire island, listed by regions, depicting the Zoning District as defined by County ordinance.
Hawai‘i State Laws Governing Land Use
A number of Hawai‘i statutes and administrative rules govern land use in the state:
- Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 205 establishes the Land Use Commission and its responsibilities for the State Land Use classification of properties.
- HRS Chapter 205A governs Coastal Zone Management.
- HRS Chapter 46, Section 4 grants Counties the authority to designate and define Zoning Districts.