A PDF version of the City of Watertown Zoning Map is available to view here:
Additionally, there is a zoning layer on the City’s public GIS application (accessible via the link below) by turning on the zoning layer using the Table of Contents on the right side of the screen: maps.watertown-ny.gov/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=5599be8ab85a4518b46c3e2d472a1b90
A full list of allowed uses in every zoning district is available in the City’s online code book, available here:
You must obtain a Zoning Compliance Certificate (ZCC) from the Planning and Community Development Department. An application form is available here. After obtaining a ZCC, you may apply to the City Code Enforcement Bureau for a Building
Section 310-16 of the Zoning Ordinance, which governs setbacks, is available to view here: https://www.ecode360.com/10498682
These actions require submitting an application and appearing at a Planning Board meeting to represent your request. PDF versions of the application forms are available here. The Planning and Community Development Department strongly advises contacting Planning Staff for guidance prior to submitting an application.
If your restaurant is located within the Downtown Core Overlay, it is eligible for expedited approval via the City’s Downtown Overlay District Outdoor Dining Program. Application instructions are available here.
Outside of downtown, the City requires a license agreement with the City Manager’s office to use public property for outdoor seating.
Section 310-52.2 of the Zoning Ordinance governs signs. It is available to view here: https://www.ecode360.com/10498879
Section 310-26.1 of the Zoning Ordinance governs fences. It is available to view here: https://www.ecode360.com/10498700