Planning & Inspections

Welcome to the City of Poplar Bluff's Planning Department. It is our primary responsibility to plan for and monitor the orderly growth of the City of Poplar Bluff. Part of our department's role includes handling all aspects of zoning and subdivision development. Our department works in concert with many other departments within city government and without.

Building Permits and Inspections


Building permits are required for any construction, alteration, repair or demolition. Before any activity can begin within the City of Poplar Bluff, an application must be filled out so the Building Inspector can review the proposed project before a permit is issued. The cost of the permit varies depending upon the nature of the project. Kelly Vanderburg or Tony Chilton, Building Inspectors, may be contacted at 573-686-8614.

Stormwater Management Program
The Stormwater Management Program is also administered by the Planning Department. The purpose of the Stormwater Management Program is to lessen or avoid hazards to people and property caused by uncontrolled stormwater runoff or by obstructions to drainage. Any person, corporation, business or government entity within the City should apply to the Planning Department for approval of a stormwater management plan and obtain a permit before commencing any development activity. Specific guidelines may be obtained by contacting Dennis Avery by email or phone at 573-686-8615.

Planning Department Applications

Find applications for the various activities handled by the planning and inspection department.

Staff Support

In the provision of the above services the Planning Department provides staff support to the following City Boards and Commissions:
Poplar Bluff Historic Design Review Guidelines 2014
The 2014 Poplar Bluff Historic Design Review Guidelines is a manual for the rehabilitation, maintenance, preservation of historic resources, existing resources and the new construction for commercial and residential properties within the Poplar Bluff community. Please visit the Historic Preservation section to view the complete document.