Planning & Zoning


The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for managing the physical growth of the unincorporated area of the County. The regulations used to manage the County are found in the Lawrence County Comprehensive Plan, the Lawrence County Zoning Ordinances, and the Lawrence County Subdivision Regulations. Other responsiblities include but are not limited to:

  • Building Inspections
  • Building Permit Applications
  • Code Enforcement
  • Contractor Licensing
  • Flood Plain Administration
  • Land Use Applications
  • Occupancy Permits
  • Plats
  • Septic Systems
  • Signage
  • Zoning Compliance
  • Zoning Enforcement
View of the Lawrence County Administrative Annex

Lawrence County Comprehensive Plan

The Lawrence County Comprehensive Plan is the official document used to guide decisions on land use matters. The comprehensive plan is designed to anticipate and deal constructively with changes occurring within the County. The Lawrence County Zoning Ordinances and the Subdivision Regulations are specific documents to be used in conjunction with the Comprehensive Plan.

Outside view from the planning and zoning department office

Planning & Zoning Board

The County Commissioners adopt land use plans and ordinances after recommendations are received from the Planning and Zoning Board. The Planning and Zoning Board consists of one County Commissioner and six citizen members appointed by the Commission to five year terms. The Planning and Zoning Board meets once a month to consider land use matters such as rezonings, Conditional Use Permits, Plats and other matters. The Planning Department staff provides research and technical support to the Commission and Board to assist in the decision making process.