Zoning establishes districts and limits what activities are permitted in each. Zoning provides setbacks and other dimensional regulations for each zoning district. Zoning also governs signs, fences, and home based businesses. Our zoning map may be viewed here. Our zoning regulations can be found in the Code of the City of Altoona . Although our zoning was designed with some flexibility to reflect Altoona’s mixed use heritage, applications for variances from our zoning may be filed at our offices, and are decided by the City Zoning Hearing Board. Because of the state required legal fees and advertising, variances cost $300 and special exceptions cost $450. The zoning appeal application and fence permit form may be downloaded here. Questions about zoning should be directed to the Community Development Department at 814-949-2470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.