The Urban Planning Division is comprised of Long Range Planning, Current Planning and Urban Design. The Urban Planning Division main focus is to administer the master plan and its long-range policies, goals and standards as a general guide for the city’s physical development.

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David K. Fanslau
Planning Director
Planning Department: (402) 444-5150



The Public Health Order issued by Douglas County Health Director Dr. Pour allows for the Continuity of Government Operations. Therefore, the City Planning Department will continue to hold open, public board meetings until further notice. All board meetings will continue to be held in accordance with the Nebraska Open Meetings Act.

Your safety and health are important so we will be following the recommended guidelines to minimize attendance and contact with others at these meetings and provide a safe meeting space. In order to minimize contact, we ask that you follow these guidelines:

  • Maintain and respect the recommended six-foot social distance from others in attendance.
  • Feel free to stay outside the meeting room while other cases are being heard. Staff will be there to direct you when it is time for your case to be heard.
  • Minimize the number of people who might accompany you to the meeting.
  • Practice preventative measures before attending the meeting and while at the meeting (wash your hands or use sanitizer, cover your cough or sneeze with your shirt sleeve, refrain from shaking hands or other contact with others who are in attendance, etc.).

Please continue to refer back to this webpage or the Planning Department’s main page https://planning.cityofomaha.org/ for any updates or changes to board meeting schedules. Lastly, please refer to any State or Federal guidelines for infection control on a regular basis.



We're proud to announce that the South 24th Street Business District between “L” and “Q” Streets has been recognized as one of the Great Streets in America by the American Planning Association. Learn more about the project and the designation on the Mayor's website HERE.

Want to know what the zoning of your property is...if so click on the link for the Zoning Lookup Map Tool below.

Zoning Lookup Map Tool

The Planning Department is responsible for preparing and maintaining:

  • the Master Plan
  • preparing the capital improvement program
  • administering and enforcing zoning and subdivision regulations
  • enforcing building codes
  • carrying out ordinances for permits and inspection

The department is also responsible for:

  • implementing community development and economic development programs
  • enforcing the minimum dwelling standards ordinance
  • condemning and removing hazardous buildings
  • filling the role of the City's redevelopment authority


Housing, Community and Development - (HCD) programs focus on four areas essential to neighborhood revitalization: Housing, Public Facilities, Economic Development, and Services. 

  • Housing programs help individuals and families – as well as investors -- acquire, improve and maintain housing;
  • Public Facility programs permit the development and rehabilitation of public facilities;
  • Economic Development programs focus on the development of commercial and industrial properties, the development of micro-enterprise businesses, technical assistance for small businesses and job creation; and
  • Services include housing counseling, underwriting, the Lead-Safe Registry and funding for several programs serving the homeless.

Permits and Inspections - The Permits and Inspections section is responsible for the following:

  • Receiving, reviewing and approving all building permit applications.
  • Administering and enforcing Omaha's development regulations.
  • Administering and enforcing zoning codes.
  • Administering and enforcing building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and signs codes. 

Urban Planning - The Urban Planning Division is responsible for:

  • Preparation of the elements of the Master Plan
  • Neighborhood plans
  • Annual Building and Development Summary
  • Present Development Zone Map
  • Annexation and capital improvement programming activities
  • Review, approval, and inspection of subdivision plats, site plans and commercial/industrial/residential building projects
  • Zoning use inquiries, variance and rezoning requests and other code and licensing related information related to property use and development

Urban Planning also administers the Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission    

Related Links:

Floodplain Information - Learn about local floodplain hazards, floodplain development permits and FEMA information.
Omaha's Brownfields Coalition - Learn more about the coalition and its mission to redevelop South Omaha's brownfields.
Developer's Guide - Learn about the regulations, procedures, and permit process for development within the City of Omaha's jurisdiction.