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The Building and Planning Departments are actually two separate departments that often work hand-in-hand.
The Building Department consists of a Building Official / Zoning Administrator and a Codes Enforcement Inspector.
The Planning Department consists of a City Planner and a Grants Writer.
The Planning Department is primarily responsible for working with property owners to ensure compliance with the Zoning Ordinance and Land Development Regulations, periodically reviewing these regulations and recommending revisions, and providing staff for the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. The department also works with property owners that are interested in rezoning property or having their property annexed into the city. The Building Official / Zoning Administrator is responsible for the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance.
A permit is required for the following activities:
Subdivisions are approved by either the City Planner or Planning Commission depending on the number of new lots and the location of the property. Any request for a subdivision including more than five lots, located in the Camden National Register Historic District, Kendall Mill National Register Historic District, or designated as a Historic Property by City Council must be approved by the Planning Commission.
Plats for recording are approved by the City Planner. Plats must meet the requirements for final plats in Section 156.33 of the Land Development Regulations.
Requests for rezoning must be submitted to the City Planner at least 21 calendar days prior to the date of a Planning Commission meeting to be considered at that meeting. The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing and recommend approval or denial of the request. City Council then will consider the recommendation and approve or deny the request.
Variances and appeals are decided by the Board of Zoning Appeals. The board meets on an as-needed basis. Applications must be submitted to the City Planner, who will coordinate with the board chairman to schedule a hearing. Decisions of the board may only be appealed to Circuit Court.
A variance is a request for relief from a requirement in the Zoning Ordinance, such as a setback or building height requirements. The request must meet strict standards for unnecessary hardship as described in state law.
A decision of the Zoning Administrator may be appealed to the board. An application for an appeal must be submitted to the City Planner within 30 days from the date the applicant is notified of the Zoning Administrator's decision.
An approved permit is required for the following activities within the city:
Camden Design Guidelines Adopted November 2014 (pdf)Citizens Planning College 2014-1015 Application (pdf)
City Limits (pdf)
Comprehensive Plan Maps (pdf)
Zoning Maps (pdf)
Rezoning Application (pdf)
Subdivision Application (pdf)
Land Development Application (pdf)
Variance Application (pdf)
Appeal Application (pdf)
Permit Application for Outdoor Cafe (pdf)
Map of Camden Historic Properties (pdf)