Community Development

Community Development Director
Lisa Hastings
816-776-5304 x112
Fax: 816-776-8216

Nuisance Office
Dominique Owens

Nuisance Abatement Officer/GIS Technician
816-776-5304 x114
Fax: 816-776-8216

The city of Richmond has established and maintained public improvements that support a full service community. Passage of local sales tax elections, a downtown with a historic “niche” appeal, strategic location on a newly improving regional highway system, new highway interchanges and the maintenance of urban infrastructure-all have helped build Richmond as a county-seat of Ray County.

The city has the opportunity to build on those strengths as it plans for growth, inside the city with “infill” development, and outside to the southeast, south and southwest from the city. Strengthening downtown while accommodating commercial development within established business districts is a major challenge for Richmond. Stabilization of residential districts is important while serving new subdivisions in growth areas, along Highways 10 and 13.

Planning and Development

The Planning and Development Department is responsible for guiding desirable community development through its various divisions. Together, these divisions work to ensure responsible and comprehensive land use decisions, healthy neighborhoods and preservation of Richmond’s rich history, and quality and safe construction in the community.

Important Forms
Building Permit Application
Commercial Permit Application Checklist
Application for Appeal, Board of Zoning Adjustment
Application for Appeal, Building Code Commission
Application for Change in Non-Conforming Use
Application for Conditional Use
Application for Final/Minor Plat
Application for Preliminary Plat
Application for Rezoning
Application for Vacating Alley, Street or Utility Easement
Application for Variance

Upon construction of a building or house not currently connected to city water/sewer service, an impact fee is charged for impaction of the system.
Sewer Impact Fees
Water Impact Fees

Garage Sale Licenses
A $10.00 license is required to hold a garage sale or any type of sale where multiple items of personal property on property zoned and occupied as a residence and is subject to certain rules and regulations regarding times, number of sales, signs, etc.

Helpful Information
Do You Need A Building Permit?
New Business Information
Are You Planning on Renovating Your Residence?