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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.


  • Fireworks shall only be discharged on private property in the unincorporated areas of Douglas County, Kansas if an adult owner, occupier, or person having control of the property consents to and provides direct supervision of the discharge of fireworks.

  • Fireworks shall not be discharged on any public street or roadway.

  • Fireworks may be discharged in the unincorporated areas of Douglas County, Kansas only during the following dates and times:            

                      July 1               7:00 A.M. to 10:00 PM

July 2               7:00 A.M. to 10:00 PM

July 3               7:00 A.M. to  Midnight.

          July 4                7:00 A.M. to  Midnight

  • No smoking or alcoholic beverages are allowed at the Fireworks Stand.
  • Violations are punishable by fines and/or confiscation of Fireworks.

Prohibited Locations for Fireworks:

  • within 1,000 feet of any hospital, sanitarium or infirmary; or
  • within 100 feet of any Fireworks Stand; or
  • into, under, from, or on a car or vehicle, whether moving or standing still; or
  • on any public roadway or the right-of-way adjoining a public roadway; or
  • on any public or private property without the express permission and, with respect to private property, direct supervision of the owner, occupier, or other Person having control of such property.

For Lone Star Lake,

Fireworks are allowed at approved times in the upper parking lot July 1- 4, and between the maintenance building and community building from 6:00 PM till 11:45 on July 4.

No shooting of Fireworks in the campground or beach area.


Please have a safe and happy Fourth of July Celebration!



Adoption proposal for new Lone Star zoning district and land use regulations

 A set of Lone Star Lake Rules and Regulations has been drafted that will define floating and stationary docks, permanent improvements and the permitting process for these structures under Chapter 13 of the Construction Code. A Dock and Swimming Platform Specification and Criteria sheet has also been drafted to provide guidance on new construction of docks; approved materials, size requirements, anchoring process, and prohibited uses; such as petroleum storage, dredging without approved permits, fill material, etc.

A new Zoning District has been drafted to address the unique nature of properties at Lone Star Lake. The LS (Lone Star Lake Lot Residential) District recognizes the lake lots or tracts previously created by plat within Douglas County at Lone Star County Lake, which are unique and distinctive from other county developments. The zoning regulations will address realistic setbacks for new construction, eliminating reoccurring Board of Zoning appeals cases for setback variances on these small lots.
The draft version is available for review:
Lone Star District Permitted Use Regulations Draft:
Final Chapter 13 Article 8 Lone Star Lake Construction Regulations
Final Douglas County Dock and Swim Platform Specifications and Criteria

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Zoning and Codes documents

Documents for Zoning and Codes.


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

Department Contacts

Name Job Title Phone Number Email Address
Tina Rakes Combination Building Inspector 785-331-1343
Isaac Mallory Combination Building Inspector 785-331-1343
Tonya Voigt Planning & Zoning Coordinator 785-331-1343
Judy Stone Administration Officer 785-331-1343
Donna Hughes Administration Officer 785-331-1343