Zoning establishes districts and limits the type of activities permitted in each zone provides setbacks and other dimensional regulations for each zoning district, and also governs signs, and home based businesses. The City's zoning regulations can be found in the Code of Ordinances. Although the City zoning regulations are designed with some flexibility due to Altoona’s mixed use heritage, applications for zoning variances may be filed with the Codes & Inspections Department, and cases heard and are decided by the City of Altoona Zoning Hearing Board. Due to the legal and advertising requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are fees associated with zoning variances and special exceptions. Because of the state required legal fees and advertising, variances cost $300 and special exceptions cost $450. The Zoning Appeal Application can be downloaded and completed for a zoning variance or special exception. Questions should be directed to the Codes & Inspections Department at 814-949-2456 or use this Contact E-Form.