Planning and Zoning

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The Board of Appeals is in the process of updating its Rules of Procedure.  The Board has released an updated draft that addresses comments received from the public.  The new draft of the Rules of Procedure is dated September 22, 2016. 
To afford the public and other interested parties an opportunity to comment on the Rules, the public hearing is continued until October 4, 2016.  
All are welcome to submit any comments on the Rules to the Department of Planning either in advance of the public hearing on October 4th or to attend the hearing. 

The Department of Planning and Zoning consists of ​seven divisions:

The Department of Planning and Zoning is a liaison for the following entities:

The Department of Planning and Zoning is responsible for all permitting, inspections, and licensing relating to all facets of ​City Code.  This includes construction, rental housing, zoning, and construction trades.  The Department is also responsible for long-range planning for development, redevelopment and community development preservation activities within the City.


  • Provides permits and inspections of all construction with a value of $500 or higher to promote safety and code compliance.
  • Licenses and inspects all rental housing to ensure safe and sanitary living conditions.
  • Licenses contractors doing business in the City.
  • Inspects and enforces zoning regulations as set forth in the City Code.
  • Provides pre-application meetings for those interested in a property prior to leasing.
  • Works with applicants to open or expand businesses.
  • Prepares necessary plans, studies, and programs to implement the City's Comprehensive Plan
  • Administers and enforces the City's zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations
  • Plans and administers the City's Community Development Block Grant program
  • Engages in special studies and projects impacting on future growth, development and quality of life.