The mission of the Planning Department is to provide proficient and equitable administration of policies, which facilitate new development, redevelopment, and compatible uses of land to ensure growth occurs in a rational and comprehensive manner. 


  • Assist citizens, businesses, elected officials, and other partners to guide decision-making.
  • Consistently provide an exceptional customer service experience through planning and permitting services delivered in a responsive, resourceful, and result-oriented manner.
  • Improve efficiency in order to reduce time from permit or zoning application to issuance of a building permit or public hearing.
  • Enhance staff capabilities, operational processes, and collaboration with city departments and outside agencies.
  • Build a high-functioning organization in which staff are engaged, empowered, and working collectively to achieve the department’s mission.


Planning Main Number501-975-8835
Planning Director: Shawn Spencer501-975-8835
Assistant Planning Director: Donna James501-975-8862
City Planner: D. Tracy Spillman501-975-8871
GIS Specialist: John Hale501-975-8875
Permit Clerk: Alyson Daniels or permit clerk email501-975-8835
Permit Clerk: Joely Thurow or permit clerk email501-975-8835
Permit Clerk: Timothy Braggs or permit clerk email501-975-8835
Building Official / Plans Examiner: Steve Crain501-906-6522
Chief Building Inspector: Bill Blankenship501-906-6520
Chief Electrical Inspector: Josh Bowers501-906-6521
Chief Mechanical Inspector /  HVAC: Gary Norris501-975-8829
Chief Plumbing Inspector: BJ Black501-975-8840
Inspector: Sean Duggan501-975-8835


Curb Cuts, Stormwater, & Excavation Permits: Belinda Garvin501-371-8339 
Flood Plain Info: Michael Klamm501-371-8334
Traffic Related Issues: Kenny Stephens501-340-5352
Traffic Barricading Permit: Dee Devine501-340-5352
Fire Marshal501-812-5940
Pulaski County Planning501-340-8260
County Assessor Office501-340-6170
Code Enforcement501-791-8581
Business License501-975-8617


Shawn Spencer – Director  
City Services Building   
700 W 29th Street
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Phone: 501-975-8835