Community Development

Due to COVID-19 the City of Columbus has decided to eliminate direct contact with the public for the time being.  All permits and applications for building and plumbing permits are available online and can be emailed or dropped off at our front entry for approval.  Please email us or call us at 402-562-4236 if you have any submittal questions.

Thank you in advance for understanding this important safety measure!


This department administers, enforces, and regulates the building, zoning, and construction laws within the city limits of Columbus and the two-mile extra territorial area surrounding the city. The Community Development Department is responsible for permitting services, development review, implementation, and maintenance of the Comprehensive Plan.


Requests for variances at Board of Adjustment meetings are considered the third Monday of each month at 9:00 am in the City Council Chambers, 1369 25th Avenue. These requests must be submitted by 5:00 pm the first Monday of each month to the Community Development Department so they can be included on the agenda.

Planning Commission Meetings

The Planning Commission meets at 7:00 pm the second Monday of each month in the Council Chambers, 1369 25th Avenue. Agendas for these meetings are prepared by the City Clerk’s office.