county1The Planning Department provides a full range of services for Bartholomew County.  This includes administering the complete set of development regulations; monitoring those regulations for effectiveness, clarity, and relevance; and managing the process for any revisions to the development regulations.

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Zoning Ordinance – Table of Contents

The zoning ordinance for the City of Columbus and Bartholomew County is provided below. This material was last updated on May 30, 2024 and reflects all revisions through the adoption of Bartholomew County Ordinance 5, 2024 on May 13, 2024.

The corresponding zoning map is provided as a layer on the Bartholomew County GIS (GIS Basic Instructions).  Please feel free to contact our office with any zoning-related questions (phone: 812.376.2550 / email:

1. Basic Provisions
2. Administration
3. Zoning Districts
4. Overlay Zoning Districts
5. Planned United Development
6. Use Standards
7. Parking & Circulation Standards
8. Landscaping Standards
9. General Development Standards
10. Sign Standards
11. Nonconformities
12. Processes & Permits
13. Enforcement & Penalties
14. Definitions

Subdivision Control Ordinance

Bartholomew County Subdivision Control Ordinance

Town of Hartsville

The Town of Hartsville maintains a contract with Bartholomew County for the administration of the Town’s zoning and subdivision regulations.  The Hartsville Zoning Map and Ordinance are provided below. The Bartholomew County Subdivision Control Ordinance is also applicable to Hartsville.

Hartsville Zoning Ordinance
Hartsville Zoning Map