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Planning & Zoning Department

- STAFFING: We have staff working at the courthouse and will continue to provide services by phone, email, fax and mail.

- APPLICATIONS: Electronic application and payment submittals will be processed first. We can process credit card payments by phone. Hardcopy submittals of applications or payments (by mail or delivered to the building otherwise) will potentially be held for an undetermined amount of time (likely a few days) before being processed.

  • Building/Zoning Permit Applications: Should be processed as usual assuming normal staffing levels.
  • Small Wastewater System Permit Applications: Should be processed as usual assuming normal staffing levels.
  • Subdivision Permit Applications: Staff will begin processing these applications upon receipt; however, scheduling of meetings may delay the process. To be determined on a case-by-case basis.

- MEETINGS: We are not holding any in-person meetings until further notice. We will conduct meetings over the phone as needed.

  • The April meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission has been cancelled, as well as the April regulation amendments workshop. We will evaluate May meetings and later meetings in the weeks ahead.
  • The Board of Commissioners are going to attempt to hold two public hearings for existing applications on April 21st, assuming we can get technology lined up to assist with public participation in the process.
  • As restrictions are lifted, we will schedule application reviews with the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Commissioners in the order in which COMPLETE applications are received.

- INSPECTIONS: Field inspections will continue on a case-by-case basis. We may conduct inspections by photo/video, as needed.

We appreciate your patience and your consideration of both the safety of the public and our staff during this challenging time. We will absolutely do everything we can to conduct "business as usual" in somewhat unusual ways.


Park County Original Courthouse
1002 Sheridan Ave. Suite 109 Cody, WY 82414
Cody: (307) 527-8540, Powell: (307) 754-8540

Office Hours:
8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday

Appointments are strongly recommended.

Park County is developing a
Natural Resource Management Plan
for State and Federal Lands.
Click here to learn more and take a survey!

The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for the administration of the County's Development Standards and Regulations. Following are the types of permits processed by this department:

  • Building/Zoning Permits
    • Required to locate, relocate, erect or construct any building or structure; enlarge the outside dimensions of any building or structure; and reconstruct any building or structure within the designated floodplain.
    • Required to change the use of any building or structure or change the use or occupancy rating of a building so as to increase the building's sewage design flow.
    • Required to occupy an RV/camper for more than 90 days per annum.
    • Site Plan Review may be required.
  • Small Wastewater System Permits
    • Required for new systems/components, replacement systems/components and repairs to any system component.
    • Required for emergency installations and repairs.
    • Installation of any system component may not commence without an approved Small Wastewater System permit.
    • County and/or DEQ review is required for the disposal of human waste, by any means, in Park County. Outhouses, privvies, greywater systems and similar proposals require review.
  • Floodplain Development Permits
    • Construction proposed in a mapped Special Flood Hazard Area in unincorporated Park County requires a permit.
    • If you are unsure of which types of construction require a permit, consult the County Development Standards and Regulations or call/stop by the Planning and Zoning Department.
    • All floodplain development permit applications go before the Board of County Commissioners in a public hearing.
  • Subdivision Permits
    • Required for Simple Subdivisions, Minor Subdivisions, Major Subdvisions and Non-Exempt Large-Acre (35+ acre) Subdivisions.
  • Special Use Permits
    • Required before commencing with or establishing any use specified in Chapter IV, Section 2.e. Table 4-1 in the County Development Standards and Regulations.
    • Site Plan Review may be required.

The Planning and Zoning Department also handles Site Plan Reviews (when required), zoning/rezoning, variance requests and violations of the County Development Standards and Regulations.

Building Code: Unincorporated Park County has not adopted building codes. We do not issue Certificates of Occupancy or Certificates of Completion.

Snow Loads: T
o estimate snow load amounts, visit the USFS "National Snow Load Information" website.

Wiring and Fire Protection Inspections: The State Fire Marshal's Office in Cheyenne handles electrical wiring permits and fire protection plan review for certain types of construction.