The Department of Planning and Development 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, 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, building codes, property maintenance codes, and the implementation of planning recommendations.
The Department provides staff for a number of boards, commissions, and authorities, including: the Plan Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Tax Increment Financing Commission, the Board of Adjustment, the Infill Review Board, the Board of Appeals. Information about these entities can be found by following this link: Boards and Commissions
The Department of Planning and 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.