Lafayette County Planning and Economic Development Department

1001 Main St
Lexington, MO  64067
660-259-4439
email

All permits are issued by appointment only.  Please contact us to set up an appointment time. Acceptable forms of payment are cash or check. 
The Lafayette County Planning & Economic Development Office has jurisdiction over only the unincorporated areas of Lafayette County, or those areas outside of city limits.  If you live within an incorporated city, you will need to contact your city hall regarding any planning and zoning matters as they have jurisdiction inside their city boundaries.

The role of the Lafayette County Planning Department is to encourage and protect investment in Lafayette County.  Responsibilities of the department include:
  • Implement the Comprehensive Plan, which is the long-range guide for development;
  • Administer the Land Use Development Code, which includes all County zoning and subdivision regulations;
  • Process applications for building permits, sewage permits, rezoning, special use permits, variances, farm splits, conservation subdivisions, development plans and more;
  • Provide recommendations and support to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment and the County Commission; and
  • Provide information to the public, including realtors, appraisers, developers, contractors and property owners.
The Planning Department also is the ideal starting point to learn more about investing in Lafayette County.  If we don’t have the information you need, we’ll get it for you or make sure to get you to the right place.

Land Use Development Code and Comprehensive Plan:
                Land Development Code 2016  pdf

                Comprehensive Plan  pdf

    View County Maps: (additional Comprehensive Plan maps located at bottom of page):

                  Map 12 Growth Tiers  pdf (adopted April 2013)

                  Map 13 Future Land Use  pdf (adopted April 2013)

                  Draft Zoning Map 2013 pdf
     
    *Please use the zoning layer in our GIS mapping system at the link below to obtain updated property zoning information.  For detailed requests, please call 660-259-4439 or email.
     
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    LAFAYETTE COUNTY IS A ZONED COUNTY
    Please do not purchase land, divide land, start construction, begin a business, or plan development in unincorporated parts of the County without first consulting the Lafayette County Planning & Economic Development Office.  Permits must be issued prior to beginning any construction, or associated fines will be applied.
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    Notice to All Landowners

    The Lafayette County Planning & Economic Development Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lafayette County Sheriff Training Room located at 107 S 11th St, Lexington, MO. 64067. The purpose of this hearing is to consider a CUP II for a Cell Tower at 300 E. Long Street, Mayview, MO from Fortune Wireless LLC and Connie Sanders.  The 36.67-acre tract is zoned Agricultural (AG).  Parcel ID:16-3.0-07-0-000-005.000.

    The Lafayette County Planning & Economic Development Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lafayette County Sheriff Training Room located at 107 S 11th St, Lexington, MO. 64067. The purpose of this hearing is to consider a Zoning Map Amendment and Preliminary Concept Plan from Taunya Payne.  The request is for a zoning change from Agricultural (AG) to Residential Agricultural (RA) of the northern portion (approximately 5 acres) of the 21-acre property located on Golden Belt Road.  Parcel ID is 23-3.0-05-0-000-010.070.

    The Lafayette County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lafayette County Sheriff Training Room located at 107 S 11th St, Lexington, MO. 64067. The purpose of this hearing is to consider a request for a Land Development Code minimum setback variance from Les Mitchell Quarries, Inc/APAC for the property located at 1317 Hwy Z, Bates City, MO.  Parcels associated with the request are:  24-7.0-25-0-000-034.000, 24-7.0-25-0-000-035.020, 24-7.0-25-0-000-033.020 and 24-7.0-36-0-000-002.000. The parcels are in the AG and HI Zoning Districts.

    If you have any questions or comments, please contact Lafayette County Planning & Economic Development, at 660-259-4439 or email planning@lafayettecountymo.gov.

    Comprehensive Plan Maps