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Zoning and Codes

Integrity and excellence are our standards. It is the mission of the Douglas County Zoning and Codes Department to assist our diverse citizenry in understanding the necessity, and application of Zoning Regulations to land use issues. Additionally, through professional guidance and technical expertise we regulate a buildings design, construction, quality of materials, use/occupancy of property, location and maintenance of buildings, structures and related equipment to insure compliance with all applicable codes.


The Douglas County Public Works Department and Zoning & Codes Department are moving to a new facility beginning Wednesday, April 22, through Friday, April 24, 2015.The new facility is located at 3755 E. 25th Street, Lawrence, KS 66046.  Department-provided services and communications to both departments will be limited during the moving period.

The following is our anticipated moving schedule:

  • April 21, 2015 – All inspections will need to be requested by 5:00 pm for the following day inspections.
  • April 22, 2015 – Inspections will be conducted. Zoning & Codes department will be out of communication by phone or email.
  • April 23, 2015 – NO BUILDING INSPECTIONS.  Anticipated phone and email communication should be restored by the afternoon.

With the new location, we will also have new office hours after April 23, 2015. Our new hours of operation is  Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for your convenience.

We look forward to conducting business with you at our new facility.

Our Services

Licenses and Permits

Applications and information for licenses and permits for businesses.

Regulations and Fees

Regulations and fees for businesses.

Agritourism Business

Agriculturally-based business that brings visitors to a farm or ranch.


Douglas County’s Floodplain Management Program, administered through the Zoning and Codes Department.

Department Contacts

Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
Jim  Sherman Director 785-331-1343
Kay Pettit Combination Inspector 785-331-1343
Patrick Wempe Combination Building Inspector 785-331-1343
Judy Stone Admin. Officer 785-331-1343
Kanitha Davis-Englebert Admin Officer 785-331-1343