If you are contemplating any construction or activity within the SMA, you are required to obtain SMA clearance. You can access the SMA Assessment application at the link below. If you have questions about permit requirements or in filling out an application, contact the Planning Department, Current Division, at (808) 270-8205.
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The County of Maui Public Documents site is your one-stop search engine to view public documents. The most complete search can be done with a Tax Map Key (TMK) number. For Planning Department documents, you may search the following information types:
For permits prior to March 28, 2022, you can check permit status by clicking on the link below and entering the required information.
Check out the new permitting system which goes live on April 18, 2022,
The Maui Real Property Tax website includes land use zoning for the islands of Maui and Lana`i (using 2019 RPT parcel layers), with a color-coded legend indicating the zoning of the parcel. Click on "View Map" under Parcel Information to see the map, and select "Zoning Districts" on the Layer List.
Permitted uses for each zoning district are listed in Maui County Code Title 19.
The number of dwellings allowed by zoning (which are different depending on each zoning district) are covered within Title 19 of the Maui County Code:
To look up the zoning of your parcel, go to the Maui Real Property Tax website and select the Island of Maui Zoning (2019) layer on parcel maps, and refer to the color-coded legend to see the zoning of the parcel.
Dwellings often referred to as “ohana’s” are called “accessory dwellings” in the Maui County Code. Accessory dwellings are allowed in the zoning districts that specifically list accessory dwellings as a permitted use or as an accessory use: Code of Ordinances The development standards for accessory dwellings including the maximum number of square feet depend on the net area of the lot:
Yes. See Chapter 19.35 for more information about accessory dwellings.
For compliance with county zoning regulations, mobile or trailer homes are treated like any other dwelling unit and follow the same rules for the zoning district. The Department of Public Works administers the building and residential codes, which may also apply, and the Department of Finance’s Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing may require registration.
For properties that are in the state agricultural and rural districts, house trailers and mobile homes are not permitted as dwelling units per Hawaii Administrative Rules Chapter 15-15.
For compliance with zoning regulations, tiny homes are treated like any other dwelling unit and follow the same rules for the zoning district. The Department of Public Works administers the building and residential codes, which may also apply, and the Department of Finance’s Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing may require registration if the tiny home is on a trailer.
A fence may need a permit. In order to see if your proposed fence will require a permit, contact the Public Works Department, Development Services Administration at (808) 270-7250;
Contact the Planning Department, Zoning Administration and Enforcement Division at (808) 270-7253 to see if your proposed fence would have height or setback restrictions, or needs a flood development or special management area permit.
The required property setbacks (which are different depending on each zoning district) are covered within Title 19 of the Maui County Code:
Food trucks are not allowed in active vehicle parking areas, which includes required parking spaces, aisles, driveways and lanes. Vending on private property, with the owner’s approval, is allowed only in commercially zoned districts that have parking stalls or areas in excess of the required parking stalls for the existing use. Vending in County rights-of-way requires a vendor’s license from the Department of Finance’s Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing.
The definition of wet bars in the Maui County Code, Chapter 19.04.040 is “an area within a dwelling unit, other than a kitchen, used for the preparation and serving of beverages that contains a sink that is one-and-one-half cubic feet or smaller and at least one of the following: refrigeration seven-and-one-half cubic feet or smaller; an ice maker; a small mixing or blending appliance; or a small appliance for the preparation of hot beverages, such as a coffee maker or microwave.
The area is not a wet bar if any of the following is also present: a sink larger than one-and-one-half cubic feet; refrigeration larger than seven-and-one-half cubic feet; a 220-volt electrical outlet; a gas or propane service line; a dishwashing machine; a garbage disposal; a range hood, exhaust vent, or similar equipment; a stove, range, or oven; or any other appliance for the heating or cooking of food.
No more than two wet bars shall be permitted in a dwelling unit that is less than five thousand square feet in total floor area. No more than three wet bars shall be permitted in a dwelling unit that is five thousand square feet or more in total floor area. No wet bar shall be permitted in a bedroom or bathroom.”
Animals are regulated by Maui County Code Chapter 16.08A - Residential Code. Please contact Department of Public Works Development Services Administration at (808) 270-7379.
The Shoreline Rules for the Maui Planning Commission (12-203) limits structures and activities that are allowed in the shoreline to “minor” structures and activities”. Examples of minor structures include bird baths, benches and portable barbeques. A Shoreline Setback Assessment application is required to be submitted for any structure or activity proposed for the shoreline area. The Assessment application can be found on line at the following link.
Only with an approved County Conditional Permit and an approved State Special Permit. Both forms are available online.
You may have as many barns as are needed to support the agricultural activities that are currently being conducted on the lot. Barns cannot be used as dwellings, and require permits if they have plumbing, electricity, or are in the Special Management Area.
The declaration is required if the building permit is for a farm dwelling, accessory agricultural structure, or private garage. See the administrative rules for Chapter 19.30A, Agricultural District for more information.
Act 70 allows exemptions for agricultural buildings, structures, or appurtenances that are not in the Special Management Area (SMA) or flood hazard area. Dwelling units are excluded. For specific criteria, see HRS 46-88 or contact Development Services Administration at 270-7250 or email@example.com
Complaints can be submitted thru the County of Maui COM Connect webpage below. For land use or zoning complaints, please use the category, "Zoning Code Enforcement Issue"
Digital zoning maps for Maui and Lanai are available at the digital zoning map web page
Molokai's zoning maps are not yet available online; however, they are available to view in person at the Department of Planning, One Main Plaza, 2200 Main Street, Suite 335, Wailuku.
Please refer to the Family Burial information sheet for laws and requirements that apply to family burials.