• Municipal Auditorium and Bartle Hall

View our City Planning and Development 2018 Interactive Annual Report online or our 2018 Printable Annual Report.

The department focuses on two areas: 

 Planning Services:

Development Services: 

Want to learn more about the City of Kansas City, Missouri? Check out our Kansas City: At a Glance page.

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CPD Supports the Following Boards and Commissions

Codes Oversight

The City Planning and Development Department is instrumental in oversight of the Building and Rehabilitation Code, the Zoning and Development Code and other codes and ordinances. The Codes Question Hotline, for building and construction related questions, is staffed daily from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at (816) 513-1511 or you can email your questions to codequestions@kcmo.org.

Ongoing Plans and Initiatives

  • FOCUS- the City's Comprehensive Plan
  • Area Plans
  • Historic Register
  • Downtown Streetcar Transportation Development District- TDD
  • Brownfields Program

All of the divisions offer walk-in services and appointments can be scheduled by calling the main number at (816) 513-1500. The Codes Question Hotline, for building and construction related questions, is staffed daily from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at (816) 513-1511 or you can email your questions to codequestions@kcmo.org. The 24-hour Inspections Hotline is available for applicants to submit information to schedule inspections at (816) 513-1500.

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Want to teach your class or youth organization about the Urban Planning profession? Our staff are available to teach age-appropriate lessons to classes and groups. Please email beth.breitenstein@kcmo.org to book a class for your students or groups.

City Planning and Development Divisions

Administration: The Administration division provides support and resources for the department to reach its goals. The division includes finance, human resources, customer service, economic development and special projects.

Long-Range Planning: The Long Range Planning division includes Long Range Planning, Historic Preservation, Demographic Research and Communication. The Historic Preservation group oversees nominations to the City and National Register of Historic Places; as well as, facilitating the Landmarks Commission. The demographic research group uses tailored U.S. Census data to meet customer requests. The Long Range Planning group works with property owners, developers, neighborhood groups, community agencies and local businesses to develop Area Plans for the City’s 18 geographic areas while maintaining the City’s comprehensive plan.

Development Management: The Development Management division provides staff support to the City Plan Commission (CPC) and Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), and makes recommendations to the groups regarding land use issues for current projects. The Division also houses the Development Compliance Branch which ensures public welfare and safety through the enforcement of codes and ordinances. The branch’s responsibility includes land use and development compliance, floodplain violations and processing of Certificate of Legal Non-Conformance applications.

Urban Redevelopment: The Urban Redevelopment division staff works directly with citizens, developers, and development agencies to assist, fund, and manage projects from the planning stage to project completion. The group also administers the Lien Waiver Program.

Land Development: The Land Development division is involved in the development of land from start to finish. The division focuses on addressing a project’s impacts, as well as the number of land parcels, streets, storm sewers, storm water management, conveyance systems, sanitary sewers, streetlights, street signals, erosion and sediment control.

Plans Review: The Plans Review division reviews plans for construction, renovation or remodeling of buildings and building systems. Staff works with property owners, contractors and designers directly by answering questions and finding resolutions to assure compliance within the building code and its technical articles, the Zoning Ordinance, and the Floodplain Ordinance. Additionally, the Division evaluates code modification requests submitted by designers.

Permits: The Permits division issues construction related permits, zoning determinations and clearances and conformance verification letters for lending institutions. The division processes applications related to construction permits and oversees contractor licensing.

Inspections: The Inspections division is the primary field enforcement for the department for all permitted construction activity on private property. The majority of inspections are performed in response to related building permits. Investigations are performed in response to a complaint. The inspections include various aspects of building construction including; framing, fire protection, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and elevators.

City Planning and Development welcomes resident input. Please take the City Planning Customer Satisfaction Survey and let us know how we’re doing!

General Office hours: Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.