There are some significant changes to the Zoning Ordinance proposed in the city limits of Bowling Green and now in effect in the remainder of Warren County, specifically concerning short-term rentals and temporary signage. We produced a short informational video to go over the changes in order that you may be informed. Alternatively the text below contains a more detailed summary of the changes and provides a link to each chapter with a markup of the changes to the Zoning Ordinance. If you are interested in only the changes to the Short-Term Rental Regulations, the Sign Regulations, or other changes you can click below to view those separately. Otherwise read below for a summary of all of the changes.

Short-Term Rental Changes

Sign Changes

Other Changes Proposed


All Changes Summary



  • Added additional flexibility regarding sewer requirements for existing single family residences located within 2,000 feet of sewer.
  • Added provision for development within the proximity of an existing cemetery.



  • No changes proposed



  • Added waiver option for paving requirements for non-residential uses the unincorporated areas of Warren County that have been in existence since before zoning was adopted in Warren County.



  • Added character considerations for accessory apartments in the agriculture zone to match current requirements for single family residential zones.
  • Added flexibility for accessory structures in the RR zoning district.
  • Added flexibility for style of entrance signs in both single and multi-family residential zones. Also increased permitted height for entrance signs, but reduced maximum sign face area to 32 s.f. Also modified entrance sign standards for mobile home parks to match standards for other residential zones.
  • Added twinhome development standards for RS-1B. Twinhomes were added as a permitted residential unit type in this zone in the last amendment to the zoning ordinance, but the corresponding development standards were omitted by mistake.
  • Reduced minimum lot size in RM-2 from 11,000 s.f. to 10,000 s.f.
  • Clarified twinhome and condominium development standards in multi-family residential zones.
  • Clarified maximum building size in GB zone.
  • Added a purpose statement to the landscaping section.
  • Added flexibility for the stall width and stall length required for accessible parking spaces.
  • Added waiver option for parking surface for non-residential uses the unincorporated areas of Warren County that have been in existence since before zoning was adopted in Warren County.
  • Added a purpose statement to the sign section.
  • Modified sign regulations for temporary signs in all zones to adhere to the Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert.
  • Added provision allowing roof signs as long as certain design standards are met.
  • Added light pole banners as a permitted sign type.
  • Removed 660’ setback requirement for Interstate Billboards due to recent court ruling deeming the Kentucky Billboard Act unconstitutional.
  • Added flexibility for multiple parcels located in the same vicinity to share one freestanding sign (i.e. not considered off-premise).
  • Added flexibility for outdoor storage in commercial and industrial zones.
  • Clarified accessory structure standards for corner lots in commercial zones.
  • Added a prohibition of electronic message display (digital) signs in the Lovers Lane Overlay District. This was done at the request of the Urban Growth Overlay Design Review Board.



  • Added Group Living as a conditional use and corresponding specific use standards in the AG zone.
  • Added Short-Term Rental as a new land use category in the Overnight Accommodation section. Currently, short-term rentals (Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO, etc.) are regulated under the Bed and Breakfast land use category. The new land use category will allow additional flexibility for this type of use in multi-family residential zones (no innkeeper requirement). Also added and modified specific use standards for both Bed and Breakfast Establishments and Short-Term Rental uses.
  • Added limited warehouse as a conditional use in GB and HB zones (i.e. online convenience retailers with little or no access to the public), as well as specific use standards for such use.
  • Clarified requirements for the keeping of animals in residential zones.
  • Added flexibility in the Home Office category to allow limited merchandise storage (up to 200 s.f.).
  • Added flexibility for location of Recreational Vehicle Parks and clarified specific use standards for such use.
  • Added flexibility for screening requirements for self-service storage when located adjacent to property zoned for industrial use (LI or HI).
  • Added flexibility for limited meat processing use in AG, added as a conditional use in GB and HB and a permitted use by right in LI and HI, with specific use standards regarding the outdoor keeping of animals for all but the AG and HI zones.
  • Added personal service-oriented retail uses as a permitted use in OP-C and as a conditional use in OP-R.



  • Clarified development standards for nonconforming single family residential uses.



  • Clarified fines for signs
  • Added enforcement provisions for temporary signs.



  • Updated Bed and Breakfast definitions to match language in Article 5.
  • Added the term and definition for short-term rental.
  • Updated and added sign definitions to reflect proposed language in Article 4.



  • No changes proposed



Adoption Timeline

Virtual Public Forum – Monday, June 15, 2020

Planning Commission Public Hearing – July 16, 2020


Adoption by legislative bodies:

City of Bowling Green – TBD

City of Oakland – adopted October 12, 2020

City of Plum Springs – adopted September 27, 2020

City of Smiths Grove – adopted September 28, 2020

City of Woodburn – adopted October 5, 2020

Warren County – adopted September 11, 2020