City Planning

Department of City Planning staff is available to assist citizens with questions related to planning, zoning, building permits, and other related issues.

Contact the Planning Department 

Apply for all permits online at our E-Permitting Portal

Find the applications online in the menus below or email for assistance.

City Planning is responsible for developing and implementing short and long-range plans, goals, and policies, as developed with the community and approved by the City Council, that reflect the needs and interests of residents and the city. The department fulfills four primary functions: 

  • provision of long-range planning services;
  • implementation of the city’s land use regulations; 
  • implementation of federal, state, and local environmental programs, including the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, storm water management, and erosion control programs and;
  • oversight of building safety during the construction process. 

City Planning provides input and staffs the City Planning Commission, the Wetlands Board, the Architectural Review Board, and the Zoning Appeals Board.