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The role of the Planning Department is to promote and enhance the well-being of residents, visitors, property owners, and businesses in the City of North Little Rock. The Department accomplishes this through programs and services that encourage high quality development. 

The Department responds to requests for Geographic Information System (GIS) products from the public, Pulaski County, other City Departments, and creates and administers all City street addresses and coordinates with 911 services.  The Department has developed a GIS data coverage for infrastructure, address information, land use maps, zoning maps, and police and fire districts. Using this data and GIS software, the Department can quickly and efficiently map scenarios and analyze data.

The Department is responsible for the long-range planning and zoning activities within the City and within the City’s Planning Boundary.  The Zoning Ordinance, the Subdivision and Development Ordinance, the Master Street Plan and the Land Use Plan are the primary planning related tools of the Department. These ordinances ensure compatibility of uses while directing the placement of infrastructure and public services. 

The Department is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the City’s adopted construction codes, the issuance of construction related permits and providing plan review and inspection services with regard to building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical construction in the City to ensure compliance with the City and State Building Safety Standards. The Building Official/Plans Examiner reviews all non-residential development plans, and multi-family development plans to ensure compliance with all City, State, and Federal Codes.

The Planning Department provides the primary staff for the North Little Rock Building and Housing Board of Adjustment (Sign Board), the North Little Rock Planning Commission, and the North Little Rock Board of Zoning Adjustment

2020 Planning Commission Calendar 

2020 Steps in submitting a request for rezoning, special use, or conditional use

2020 Steps in Submitting a request to the Sign Board

2020 Steps in Submitting a request to the Board of Adjustment

Example of Subdivision Submittal


Site Plan Review (plan and engineer) Checklist (standard)

            OR

Site Plan Review (plan and engineer) Checklist (fill form out before printing)


Preliminary Plat or Replat Checklist

2016 Sign Ordinance

Sign Permit Application

Stormwater Permit Application

Grading & Land Alteration Permit Application

Driveway & Curb Cut Permit Application

Commercial Driveway Details

Residential Driveway Details

Excavation Permit Application

Floodplain Development Permit Application

Final Plat Checklist 

Commercial Demolition Guidelines

Commercial Plan Review Requirements 

Commercial Building Permit Application

New Single Family or Duplex Permit Checklist

AFPC Vol. II Section 107

Application for Structure Moving Permit

Residential Construction Checklist

2009 - 2019 Planning Department Data