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Planning and Development Services offices are moving!

During the week of February 19th, we will have limited services available. Please call 832-7700 for assistance or visit us on the first floor of City Hall for services.

Starting February 25th our new address will be 1 Riverfront Plaza, Suite 320 and our main phone number will be 832-7700.

Updated Building Codes Under Review

Development Services staff have worked with the City’s construction code advisory Boards over the last year to review the 2018 International Code Council construction codes (2018 I-Codes) and 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) for possible adoption by the City of Lawrence to replace earlier editions of the various I-Codes and NEC. In conjunction with review of the newest editions of building codes, staff and advisory boards are also working to update administrative regulations that govern the administration and enforcement of the building codes, add contractor license categories for roofing and swimming pool contractors, update contractor licensing regulations, and consolidate the Building Code Board of Appeals, Contractor Licensing Board, Electrical Code Board of Appeals, Fire Code Board of Appeals, Mechanical Code Board of Appeals and Plumbing Code Board of Appeals into a single Appeals Board to be known as the Building Code Board of Appeals. Draft ordinances are anticipated to be presented to the City Commission in February or March of 2019, with a proposed effective date of July 1, 2019. For questions you may contact Barry Walthall, Building Official at 785-832-3101 or
View draft ordinances
Notice to Lawrence Licensed Contractors and Construction/Contractor Licensing Boards

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.

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.