Applications & Forms

For a building permit or inspection, contact the Risk Reduction Department.

If your development project is more detailed, complex, or is within a specific zoning district, it may require an application for a Planning, Zoning, or Subdivision review and approval process per the Manhattan Development Code (MDC) prior to applying for and getting approval on a building permit and/or building inspection.

We give you two options for submitting an application - print or online. Instructions are included with the print application PDF you will download. If you choose to submit an application online, please read the Instructions PDF beforehand. You will find it easier to process your application through our online option, which will allow you to attach any required documentation and pay.

Pre-Application Conference

Before making an application for the actions below, you will need to schedule a pre-application conference to discuss what is being proposed, review submission requirements, and review the application and approval process. Please use this online form and scheduler to get started. You will be able to upload any relevant documents as well. 

The purpose of a pre-application conference is to familiarize the applicant with the development review and approval process, provide for an exchange of information with City staff, advise the applicant as to key planning, zoning and engineering, and other considerations, and to determine the information required to accompany an application. They are generally required for Annexations, Rezonings, Preliminary Plats, Replats, Substantial Modifications to a Planned Unit Development, Conditional Uses, and any other request the Zoning Administrator deems advisable to do so. There is no fee for a pre-application conference. They are held on a set schedule, twice a month on alternating Thursdays. You will need to schedule the meeting at least seven days prior.

Deadlines

Please note that applications must be submitted in complete form with all supporting information before they will be scheduled for a public hearing. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on the due date listed on the board schedules, which may be viewed by clicking the link in the respective Final Decision Maker column below.
Process
Print
Online
Instructions
Pre-Application
Meeting Required

Neighborhood
Meeting
Required

Final
Decision
Maker
Approximate
Decision
Time Frame
Annexation
Print Application
Online Application
Instructions
Yes Yes City Commission
90-120 days
Appeal
Print Application Online Application Instructions No
No Board of Zoning Appeals

Conditional Use Permit
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes Yes
Exception
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes No Board of Zoning Appeals

Final Development Plan Print Application Online Application Instructions No No Planning Board  
Floodplain Development: Flood-proofing
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes Yes Floodplain Administrator
Floodplain Development: Modifying an Existing Building
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes Yes Floodplain Administrator

Floodplain Development: New Construction on Crawlspace
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes Yes Floodplain Administrator
Floodplain Development: New Construction on Fill
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes Yes Floodplain Administrator

Historic District: Major Project
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes Yes Historic Resource Board

Historic District: Minor Project
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes Yes Zoning Administrator
Limited Use (Residential District)
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes No Zoning Administrator
Limited Use (Commercial District) Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes No Zoning Administrator  
Lot Line Adjustment
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes No
Planning Board

Partition
Print Application Online Application Instructions No No Zoning Administrator
Rezoning
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes Yes Planning Board

State or Municipality Owned/Operated Facility
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes Yes City Commission
Subdivision: Final Plat
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes No Planning Board

Subdivision: Preliminary Plat
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes Yes Planning Board

Telecommunications Administrative Permit
Print Application Online Application Instructions
No
No
Zoning Administrator

Variance
Print Application Online Application Instructions Yes No Board of Zoning Appeals

FORMS

Some applications require additional information which is communicated through one of the following forms.

If you have submitted an application online, you have already completed the necessary form.

The following are for those who want to print out their applications.

Form
Print
 
In conjunction
with an application
Deviation
Print Application
Online Application Subdivision
Non-conforming Use Registration Print Application
Online Application None
Protest Petition
Print Application
Online Application Rezoning
Site Plan
Print Application
Online Application Conditional Use Permit
Utility Release
Print Application
Online Application Subdivision
Waiver Print Application
Online Application Subdivision