Zoning and Codes

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Zoning and Codes

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Welcome to Douglas County, KS Zoning and Codes!  The Zoning office is currently a three member team who exclusively serve the unincorporated areas of Douglas County. Our goals are to primarily meet the evolving needs of Douglas County as well as incorporating the goals of the comprehensive and area plans, including the Food Policy Plan.

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    Douglas County is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) administered by FEMA. Click the link below to view floodplain maps and obtain important information on how to protect your property.

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    Building Permits

    A list of downloadable permit applications. If your name does not appear on the property deed, please download and submit the Owner Authorization Form when you submit your application.

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    Board of Zoning Appeals

    The Board of Zoning Appeals is a quasi-judicial County Board that can approve, approve with conditions, or deny a variance request. A variance is a request to deviate from the current zoning requirements.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Fireworks are allowed at public parks and lakes in the county. These are the prohibited areas:  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,… Read More

    Only one residence is allowed per land tract. A recent change to the zoning regulations has allowed an option to create additional housing while maintaining the rural character of unincorporated Douglas County. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) are… Read More

    No accessory building can be constructed on a lot unless the construction of the primary dwelling has been permitted. An accessory use must be accessory to a primary use. 

    An existing vested residential parcel with less than the minimum acreage required in the Douglas County Zoning Regulations may be eligible to be sold as a residential parcel if the Douglas County sanitation requirements are met. Specific properties… Read More

    Each building lot is required to have it's own driveway and meet the county road classification standards for road frontage. Sharing a driveway would constitute a private road, which is no longer permitted.

    Operating a home business in Douglas County requires a business permit which may be obtained through our office. Rural home occupation regulations were adopted in 2008. Rural home occupations are determined based on Type. Please check with our… Read More

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