Planning and Development Services Department
PO Box 708
Lawrence, KS 66044-0708

Public participation is an integral part of the overall planning process. The information and perspectives provided through the public participation process assist decision makers and lead to a more meaningful and comprehensive planning process.

Opportunities to become involved in department processes are listed below.

 License Renwal and Other Fees During COVID-19 Pandemic

Long-Term Rental License Renewals

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Lawrence is suspending the annual renewal of long-term rental licenses for 60 days. Property owners whose rental licenses were due for renewal during the months of April and May will begin to receive renewal notices in June. The City will continue to monitor the pandemic in the coming months and will make further changes to the license renewal schedule if deemed necessary. During this time period, property owners may continue to renew rental licenses if they wish to do so. Property owners of new rental units that are not licensed should continue to submit the required long-term rental application with appropriate licensing fees.

Questions can directed to the Planning & Development Services Department at 785-832-7700 or by email at

All Other PDS Items (Permits, Planning Fees, etc.)

Customers may pay for building permits, planning fees and all other Planning and Development Services fees by credit card over the phone or mailing a check or cash. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the review process for applications will be started while we await fee payment.

Questions may be directed by email to or We are available by phone at 832-7700. Fees may be mailed to Planning and Development Services at P.O. Box 708, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Public Review and Comment Opportunities

Draft Revisions to Parking, Loading, and Access Standards Available for Public Review

A text amendment, TA-13-00235, was initiated to revise the parking, loading, and access standards of Article 9 of the Land Development Code. These revisions will address how parking is calculated, the design and location of parking, and standards related to the parking and storing of RVs, boats, and trailers. A draft of the proposed revised language is now ready for public review and comment. The draft language and a summary of the proposed changes are available here.

The Multimodal Transportation Commission will review this amendment at their December 2, 2019 meeting. This meeting will be held in the City Commission Room, 1st Floor, City Hall, 6 East 6th Street, and the agenda for the meeting can be found at

The Planning Commission will discuss this item at their January 22, 2020 meeting.  This meeting will be held in the City Commission Room, 1st Floor, City Hall, 6 East 6th Street at 6:30 P.M.  The meeting will also be streamed live on After both meetings, this item will be submitted for a final recommendation from the Planning Commission upon completion of the final draft of the code revisions.

If you have any comments on the proposed revisions please feel free to email , or the Planning Office email: . Comments received will be collected and provided to the Planning Commission along with the final draft. Revisions made based on the comments, provided from the public or the Planning Commission, will be identified in the final draft when presented to the Planning Commission for action.

2019 Proposed Revised Zoning Regulations Available for Public Review

The proposed revised zoning regulations for unincorporated Douglas County and the associated revised subdivision regulations for Lawrence and Unincorporated Douglas County are available for public review and comment.  These items were considered by the Planning Commission at their December 16, 2019 meeting and returned to staff with direction for revisions. These revised draft regulations were considered by the Planning Commission at their January 22, 2020 meeting. The Commission voted unanimously to forward the revised regulations to the Board of County Commissioners with a recommendation for approval. The Board of County Commissioners will consider the revised regulations on February 19, 2020.

Zoning Conversion Map

Zoning district designations in Unincorporated Douglas County will convert to new zoning designations with the adoption of the revised Zoning Regulations. For instance, properties zoned A (Agricultural) will convert to AG-1 (Primary Agricultural), AG-2 (Transitional Agricultural), or CP (Clustered Preservation) depending on the size of the parcel and whether it is in the urban growth area.

To see the new zoning designation for a property, go to the Zoning Conversion Map. Find the property you are interested in on the map on the left, this shows the current zoning. The map on the right will follow you to that location, and you will see the new zoning designation following the adoption of the regulations.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mary Miller at 785-832-3147 or Tonya Voigt at 785-331-1334

Revised Subdivision Regulations

The revised Zoning Regulations will require some revisions to the Subdivision Regulations. These revisions have been discussed at the public meetings and at the Planning Commission meetings noted above. The associated revisions to the Subdivision Regulations will be considered by the Board of County Commissioners at their February 19, 2020 meeting along with the revised Zoning Regulations.

Boards and Commissions

Learn about the variety of different boards and commissions that advise governing bodies on planning and development issues in Lawrence and Douglas County. Download minutes, rosters, agendas and more.

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