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A FEW MESSAGES FOR OUR CUSTOMERS:

While City Hall is open to the public, we are still encouraging our customers to use our online service CompassKC to submit plans and apply for permits. Tutorials are posted here. PLEASE BE ADVISED, IF YOU COME TO CITY HALL YOU MUST WEAR A MASK.

  • If you require service at City Hall, phones will be available on the 5th and 15th floors to call for staff to assist with limited customer service issues either in-person or through virtual conference in a meeting room. The 14th and 16th Floors are still closed to the public until further notice.
  • Inspection activities continue as usual, but we are practicing social distancing. We expect our permit customers to provide appropriate social distancing to our inspectors. For more on this topic please read our Construction Site Safety Message.

Building Occupancy and COVID-19

Read the full text of the most recent order

Read a guide about the most recent COVID-19 restrictions. 

Bars and taverns are the only businesses currently subject to a 50 % occupancy rule. (last updated June 29, 2020)

If a business owner knows their building’s occupant load (based on information on their Occupant Load posting on site, construction plans, Fire Marshal inspection, etc.) they should refer to that number to calculate 50 percent of maximum occupancy. Otherwise, maximum occupancy can be calculated based on the 2012 International Building Code Table 1004.1.2

You may call us at 816-513-1500 with any questions or 
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ABOUT US

The City Planning and Development Department guides future physical and economic development by focusing on two main areas: Planning Services and Development Services. In Planning Services, staff manage development policy, conduct research and support the City’s long-term vision. In Development Services, staff issue permits, review plans and enforce development policy. 

To find out more about the City Planning and Development Department activities, view our 2019 Interactive Annual Report online or our 2019 Printable Annual Report.

View our KC: At a Glance Interactive Story Map for details and facts about Kansas City, Missouri. You can find a printable resource for this information here: KC: At a Glance Printable Guide.

Department Organization

Planning Services

  • Long-Range Planning & Preservation-  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- 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- 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.

Development Services

  • Land Development- involved in the development of land from start to finish. 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- 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-  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- 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.

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.

Department Presentations

Third District Residential Housing Development Databook
Presented at Third District Meeting- 3/2/20

African American Heritage Trail Launch 
Presented at Launch on 2/25/20

Community Development Workshop Presentation
Presented at Community Development Workshop-2/21/20

City Planning and Development Overview
Presented at Council Business Session 1/16/20

 

Customer Service

  • In Person
  • General Office hours: Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 
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    • All of the divisions offer walk-in services and appointments can be scheduled by calling the main number at (816) 513-1500 

  • Online

Would you like a member of our staff to speak to your group or organization about the City Planning and Development process or department initiatives? Please email beth.breitenstein@kcmo.org to inquire.

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