Planning & Zoning

The Planning & Zoning (Community Development) Department serves the citizens and businesses of Buena Vista with information regarding land use, zoning, residential and commercial building permits, and orderly development of our community.

The department provides assistance in many areas such as:

  • Zoning regulations and land use questions
  • All development permits for land uses and new construction in addition to remodels, additions, decks, fences, sheds, and accessory structures
  • Long-range planning and community development projects
  • Subdivision of unplatted land or replats of existing subdivided property
  • Annexation requests

Be sure to contact the Town Clerk and Planning Department before starting a business. New businesses, including vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and temporary vendors, require a business license, sign permit approval, and possibly change of use approval prior to opening and installing signs.

Any new construction, demolitions, or structural, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing changes (whether interior or exterior) to existing buildings within Town limits also require consultation with the Planning Department. This includes installation of fences or sheds, as well as roof removal or repair.

All further questions can be addressed through our permitting process. All building projects should have a pre-application meeting to confirm all the necessary permits are obtained.

Get started by filling out the Pre-application Meeting Request form (PDF).

If you would like to submit a customer service survey, please fill out our online form.