Planning & Development Department
The Planning and Development Department guides the safe and responsible development and redevelopment of property with the goal of efficiently using the community’s resources and preserving its character and quality of life. The department’s primary functions are land use planning, code enforcement and grant administration.
Land Use Planning
Land use planning includes zoning, subdivision of property, development plan review and commercial design review. The Planning staff administers the Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations. The staff provides support to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment and Historic Preservation Commission, each of which consists of five members appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council.
The Planning Commission makes the final decision on subdivision plats, development plans, waiver requests and elevation plans for some commercial buildings. For zoning map amendments, the Commission makes a recommendation that is forwarded to the City Council.
The Board of Zoning Adjustment decides requests for variances, conditional use permits and appeals of administrative zoning determinations.
The Historic Preservation Commission’s primary work is the consideration of exterior modifications, new construction, relocation and demolition of designated historic properties.
1st Floor of City Hall
200 West Dixie Avenue
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Zoning and Subdivision Regulations
- Zoning Ordinance
- Below is a list of amendments that are in effect, but may not be updated in our Code of Ordinances.
- Subdivision Regulations
- Elizabethtown Code of Ordinances
- Official Zoning Map
Upcoming Meeting Agendas
- October 24, 2023 Planning Commission
- November 28, 2023 Planning Commission
- December 5, 2023 Board of Zoning Adjustment
- December 12, 2023 Planning Commission
Boards and Commissions
The Planning & Development Department serves as staff for several Boards and Commissions, including the following:
Historic Preservation Commission
The City of Elizabethtown has been granted expanded jurisdiction by the State for building code enforcement. The City performs plan review and inspection of most types of construction and renovation, enforcing the codes adopted by the State. The City also issues permits and performs inspections of electrical work. In addition, the City enforces property maintenance standards that address the condition of existing structures, trash and debris, grass and other vegetation and inoperable vehicles. The Code Enforcement staff support the Code Enforcement Board and the Code Appeals Board, both of which consist of five members appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council.
The Code Enforcement Board hears appeals of citations for code violations and has the ability to impose fines. The Code Appeals Board hears appeals of any decisions made by a City official in the enforcement of City codes, primarily interpretations of the building code.
In accordance with KRS § 65.8836 and Elizabethtown Ordinance § 24-2016, the City of Elizabethtown is providing information to lienholders who may have an interest in these properties. If you are a lienholder and you would like to take action with regard to a final order associated with a property, please submit the form to us at the bottom of this page.
Plumbing inspectors are housed at the Hardin County Health Department and can be reached at 270-769-3071. HVAC inspections are performed by the State. Information can be obtained by calling 502-382-0551.
As a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement community, the City of Elizabethtown receives approximately $180,000 annually to pursue projects that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities (principally for low to moderate income individuals and neighborhoods.) The Planning Department also manages grants from Kentucky Housing Corporation, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Renaissance Kentucky. Recent activities have included street and sidewalk construction, building demolition, property donations to Habitat for Humanity and development of a park in the Haycraft neighborhood. The City has also used CDBG funds for park improvements at the Wesley Hilltop House.
For a fence, no. For a shed over 200 square feet, you will need a permit. The Planning & Development Department issues permits. They are located on the first floor of City Hall.
All banners require a permit and are limited to 30 days and 50 square feet. There is no minimal required to apply. The Planning & Development Department issues banner permits. They are located on the first floor of City Hall.
Yes. A sign permit is issued for the erection of business signs to assure that they are in compliance with the height, area and location requirements for signs as established in the Zoning Ordinance. The City also inspects any electrical work associated with the sign for safety.
You are free to file a complaint with the department for an inspector to investigate. If the inspector determines a violation of a City ordinance, he will issue a notice which informs the owner of the violation and deadline to have it corrected. If the violation is not corrected, then a citation can be issued by the inspector.
Building setback requirements are established for the protection of all property owners. However, it is recognized that in certain cases these restrictions may not be appropriate. In these instances, the Board of Zoning Adjustment holds a public hearing to determine if it is appropriate to allow a homeowner to vary from the standards in the Zoning Ordinance.
Yes, the procedure for revising any lot within the City limits is to file a subdivision plat. The review by the various City departments is coordinated by department staff and is considered a minor review procedure. The plat is required to be prepared by a licensed surveyor.
The Comprehensive Plan is a planning document prepared by the Planning Commission as a guide for community policies relating to the growth and development of the community. It addresses the areas of transportation, utilities and future land use. Under standards established in state law, the plan is reviewed every five years.