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 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 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 and elevation plans for some commercial building. 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.
Applications and Information
Some applications require a pre-application conference prior to submission. Applications submitted without meeting the requirement will not be accepted.
- BZA Administrative Appeal
- Cell Tower Application
- Commercial Design Review/Waiver
- Commercial Transition Overzone Waiver
- Conditional Use Permit
- Development Plan
- Development Plan Procedure
- Environmentally Sensitive/Geologic Hazard
- Nonconforming Use Change
- Nonconforming Use Determination
- Parking Waiver
- Planned Neighborhood Development
- Sidewalk Waiver
- Subdivision Plat
- Subdivision Design/Improvement Waiver
- Zoning Certification
- Zoning Map Amendment
- Zoning Map Amendment Requirements
- Downtown Property Improvement Grant Application
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 enforces property maintenance standards that address the condition of existing structures, trash and debris, grass and other vegetation and inoperable vehicles. The Planning staff support the Code of Enforcement Board and the Cope Appeals Board, both consists 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 appeal decisions made by a City official in the enforcement of City codes, primarily interpretations of the building code.
Applications and Information
- Affidavit of Insurance
- Appeal to Code Enforcement Board
- Building Plan Review (Multifamily, Commercial, Industrial)
- Building Plan Review (Single Family, Duplex, Townhome)
- Contractor Information Sheet
- Deck Guide
- Demolition Permit
- Electrical Fees
- Electrical Permit Affidavit
- Fire Alarm Plan Review
- Home Occupation Zoning Certification
- Mobile Home Guidelines
- Outdoor Café Permit
- Permit Fees
- Range Hood Plan Review
- Relocation Permit
- Sign Permit
- Sprinkler Plan Review
- Swimming Pool Plan Review
- Temporary Structure (Tent) Guidelines
- Workers Comp Affidavit
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.