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2018 CDBG and HOME grant application packets available

The City of Lawrence, through the Community Development Division of the Planning & Development Services Department, invites non-profit and for-profit organizations to submit applications for projects to be funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership programs as part of the 2018 Annual Action Plan. Funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to meet a National Objective and must be used for an eligible activity established by Congress for the program.

New Sign Code adopted

On September 5, 2017, the Lawrence City Commission adopted a new Sign Code (Ordinance No. 9391), which became effective on September 11, 2017. The City of Lawrence Sign Code (Chapter 5-18 of the Lawrence City Code) establishes the goals and purpose for regulation of signs in Lawrence, and sets forth standards for permanent and temporary signs. Requirements for sign permits, sign contractor licensing, inspection of signs and maintenance of signs are set forth in the Sign Code, as are rules and procedures for appealing decisions or interpretations made by authorized Sign Code administrators, or requesting variances to sign regulations, to a Sign Code Board of Appeals.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing means taking meaningful actions to address significant disparities in housing needs and access to opportunity, replacing segregated living patterns with truly integrated and balanced living patterns, transforming racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty into areas of opportunity, and fostering and maintaining compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws.
View the 2018 Assessment of Fair Housing and find more information on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.

City Policies Supporting Urban Ag

The City of Lawrence has approved a series of policies to support urban agriculture, expanding the ability of residents to produce local, healthy food at home and creating opportunities to pursue commercial production.

Rental Licensing Program

Effective January 1, 2015, all rental properties in Lawrence are required to maintain a valid rental license in compliance with City Ordinance 8840. Find out information about our program online at our Rental Licensing and Inspection page.

We previously offered an online payment form for the city’s Rental Licensing Program; however, now that the city is transitioning to our new Rental Licensing and Inspection Program, the online payment feature has been removed since every rental now needs to complete a new application form with revised payment fees. You can still pay with a credit card after the new Rental License Application form has been submitted to our office. Contact us at (785) 832-3345 or e-mail us to discuss your specific fee schedule.