About Us


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


  • Community Development plans and administers the City's Community Development Block Grant program
  • Provides permits and inspections of construction activity 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.
  • Provides pre-application meetings (PDF) 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
  • Conducts development review and site design plan review
  • Administers and enforces the City's zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations
  • Approves projects in the Historic District
  • Engages in special studies and projects impacting on future growth, development and quality of life.