LM Zone

LM Zone Commercial-Industrial Zone
The Commercial-Industrial zone is intended for small scale light industrial, repair and service-oriented uses that provide services to the residents in addition to retailing, service, and administrative uses.

Find Zoning Requirements
You may contact the Town of Los Gatos Planning Department. Please supply the following information:
  • Street Address
  • Nearest Cross Street
  • Assessor's Parcel Number (APN) if available
Permitted Uses in LM Zones
Uses permitted in a LM zone are for service-oriented and light industrial uses which may otherwise be inappropriate in a general commercial zone. The following uses are permitted in a LM zone:
  • Retailing
  • Personal service businesses
  • Service businesses necessary for the conduct of households or businesses
  • Offices uses approved on or before July 1, 1982; provided, that no change of use to office shall be permitted in the LM zone
  • Limited manufacturing
  • Wholesaling and warehousing
  • ** Additional uses may be allowed if a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is approved. Please contact the Planning Department for further information.
Examples of proper LM uses
  • Plumbing, Heating/electrical contracting, Equipment repair, Laundry/dry-cleaning plants, Paint supplies, Janitorial services, Towing businesses
Examples of improper LM uses
  • Vehicle sales, Large scale light industrial uses, Professional or medical offices, General business offices
Lot Size Requirements
The minimum lot area in the LM zone is 8,000 S.F.

Minimum Setback Requirements
  • Front ... 15'
  • Side ... None
  • Rear ... None
  • Street Side ... 15'
Lots in LM zones that abut or are across the street from a lot in a residential zone must comply with the following minimum yard requirements:
  • Front* ... 25'
  • Side* ... 20'
  • Rear* ... 20'
  • Street Side* ... 15'
  • *Plus 1' for each foot a building exceeds 20' in height. A 6' high masonry wall is required along the property line (8' high wall is permitted next to residential if both parties agree).
Height Requirements
The maximum height of a principle building in the LM zone is 35' (measured from the natural or finished grade, whichever is lower and creates a lower profile, to the uppermost point of the roof edge, wall, parapet, mansard, or other point directly above that grade).

Note: The maximum height for accessory building is 15' (measured from the natural or finished grade, whichever is lower and creates a lower profile). Please contact the Planning Department for further information.

Lot Coverage
The maximum building coverage, including any type of accessory building, is 50%.

Other Requirements
For answers to other questions on topics such as parking, driveway, public improvement, or architectural requirements, please contact Planning Division by email at Planning@losgatosca.gov or by phone at (408) 354-6874.