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Short-term Residential Rental Property

On October 2, 2018, the Lawrence City Commission adopted Ordinance No. 9560, which regulates the licensing and inspection of Short-term Residential Rental Property. The ordinance becomes effective on November 1, 2018. For questions, you may contact Brian Jimenez, Code Enforcement Manager at 785-832-3111 or at or Jeff Crick , Planning Manager at 785-832-3163 or at

Find out more about the registration, inspection requirements and general program information.

2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships 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 2019 Annual Action Plan. Funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to meet a National Objective established by Congress and must be used for an eligible activity for the program. The 2019 Annual Action Plan will include projects to be undertaken during the program year beginning August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020. Projects and programs undertaken must address a priority need set forth in the 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan. Applications are available on the Community Development Division CDBG/HOME website or in the Development Services office, 1 Riverfront Plaza Suite 110. If you have questions about the application process or wish to discuss a specific funding proposal, please do not hesitate to contact Community Development staff at (785) 832-7700.

Downtown Master Plan

Through the City’s strategic planning process, the City Commission identified a priority initiative of creating a Downtown Master Plan. The plan will explore, land use relationships, opportunities for development and redevelopment, programing of public space, landscaping, transportation, infrastructure and streetscape, with a heavy emphasis on cultural and historical resources and activities.

Online Building Permit and Plan Review fee calculators now available

Online building permit and plan review fee calculators have recently been added to the Planning & Development Services/Development Services building permit web pages. The fee calculators can be found on the residential or commercial building permit web pages.

New 1 & 2 Family Building Permit Guidance Documents for Homeowners

Development Services has recently developed a series of documents that provide code, permitting and inspection guidance to homeowner-occupants for their construction, addition and/or remodeling projects. View the new guidance documents at 1 & 2 Family Dwelling Building Permits.

New Sign Code adopted

On September 5, 2017, the Lawrence City Commission adopted a new Sign Code, which became effective on September 11, 2017. Minor amendments to the new Sign Code were adopted on March 6, 2018 (Ordinance No. 9439). 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.

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.