Community Development

Welcome! Before You Visit Our Offices…

  • View a list of online services for our department and others you can access from your home or office.
  • If you need to visit our offices in the County Administration Building in person, please note:
    • Visitors are required to review a health screening checklist before entering. If you have COVID-19 symptoms and/or known exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, please remain at home. 
    • You will need to check in at a QLess electronic kiosk in the first floor lobby of the Administration Building to join a virtual queue for our office to receive services. QLess also is accessible on a computer using a web browser or mobile device through the free QLess app. After checking in, you will be directed to a service window or a staff member will meet you in the lobby for services. 
    • To access our office on the 4th floor, visitors must check in at the Security Desk to receive a visitor badge, and be accompanied by a staff member.

For further questions, call our department at 636-949-7346. Thank you.

About Us 

The Community Development Department is comprised of three divisions: Building and Code Enforcement, Development Review, and Planning and Zoning. The divisions provide services relating to permitting and inspecting new construction, community planning, zoning, subdivision matters, code enforcement inspections, and review and approval of development improvement plans.

Citizenserve Citizen Access Portal

Apply for permits and contractor licenses, submit plans, file a property maintenance and/or code enforcement complaint, and more through the Citizenserve Online Portal. Enjoy the convenience of handling these tasks online from your home or business.

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Master Plan Goes Digital!

We all know St. Charles County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state, but do you know what’s ahead for our future?

Find out today through St. Charles County’s interactive online Master Plan - Envision 2030.

VOLUNTARY FLOOD BUYOUT PROGRAM

St. Charles County Government is eligible to apply for Disaster Recovery funds through the Federal Community Development Block Grant program to further assist homeowners recovering from flooding that inundated approximately 90,000 acres across the county from April 29 to July 5, 2019 (Federal Disaster 4451-DR-MO). These funds will be used to purchase properties impacted by flood events at its fair market value before the 2019 flood event. Relocation assistance may be available as well. Homeowners would need to meet income and/or other qualifications to be eligible for consideration.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development recently informed the County that this funding may be delayed potentially as late as May 2022. St. Charles County intends to apply for funding for voluntary homeowner buyouts as soon as the State begins taking applications for this CDBG disaster recovery funding. The County does not yet know when the State will begin accepting applications. The County has a list of potential buyout properties determined via interested participants who filled up the “interested participants survey” and no further action on interested participants’ part is required. Should anyone in this list decide to go forward with elevation or demolition of their residence, their name and property address will automatically be removed from our list of potential buyout properties. If you are interested in this program, please complete the survey.

Help is available for hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Hardships from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the economy. The federal eviction moratorium expires this week, on July 31st. We would like to let you know that there are many resources available to prevent displacement through eviction.
If you are a renter and worried about missed rent payments or eviction: Help is available to help cover your rent, utilities, or other housing-related costs.  

For rent or mortgage assistance due to a COVID19-related financial hardship, please contact the Coordinated Entry housing crisis team by telephone (2-1-1) or email for a needs assessment and placement in services.  

If you are a landlord losing income due to COVID-19 pandemicplease visit https://www.mohousingresources.com/ . 

Please also see the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness’ Step-by-Step Guide for renters that are at risk of eviction. You can find the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) guide at the following link:  Step-by-Step Guide for People at Risk of Eviction along with the Eviction Resources Flyer (PDF) .