Community Development


The Community Development Department is responsible for a wide variety of activities including processing zoning and building permit applications, enforcing the property maintenance code, building code, mechanical code, plumbing code, electrical code, environmental code, animal enforcement code and zoning code; coordinating economic development activities, and performing research, preparing planning studies and advising on all matters affecting the physical development of the City.

The Department reviews and makes recommendations regarding proposed City Council action relating to land use, economic development, building codes, property maintenance codes, and the implementation of planning recommendations.

The Department provides staff for ten boards, commissions, and authorities, including: the Plan Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority, the Industrial Development Authority, the Tax Increment Financing Commission, the Board of Adjustment, the Infill Review Board, the Board of Appeals, and the Economic Development Retail Sales Tax Board. Information about these entities can be found by following this link: Boards and Commissions

Options for Inspection Scheduling

The Department of Community Development is continually striving to provide convenient and prompt options for scheduling inspections. There are now four options: e-mail, phone, fax or in-person. Please click here for additional information.