City of Columbia, Missouri – Community Development Department

The city of Columbia, Missouri, Community Development Department’s mission is to help plan, build and care for the city. Apply for or renew a business license for businesses located in Columbia, Missouri.


The Community Development Department is responsible for overseeing development in the City of Columbia, from the beginning planning stages to implementation and construction. Community Development also oversees the inspection of rental properties, volunteerism with the City, and federally funded housing programs.

Building & Site Development is a one-stop shop for individuals planning improvements to their properties. The division reviews construction plans, issues permits, performs inspections, and enforces ordinances that ensure safe buildings and a healthy environment. It also manages the updating of construction codes, licensing of contractors and trades, and collects fees related to new construction. For questions regarding building permits and site development, please click on Building and Site Development above or call 573.874.7474opens phone dialer.

The Office of Neighborhood Services is part of the City of Columbia’s Community Development Department and focuses on addressing code enforcement issues, strengthening neighborhoods and teaming those efforts with volunteers. If you need assistance or would like to speak to a staff member, we ask that you contact us by leaving a message at 573.817.5050opens phone dialer, or email at [email protected].

The Planning Division helps shape the City of Columbia by reviewing development requests including annexation, zoning, and subdivisions. Planning also focuses on long term traffic system development and historic preservation.  For questions regarding planning and development issues, please click on Planning & Development above or call 573.874.7239opens phone dialer.

Services Provided

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Loan Providers

Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Site Location

Regulatory Compliance

  • Registration, licenses and permits (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits (Specialty)
  • Site Location
Contact Information
Darcie Clark
701 E. Broadway
P.O. Box 6015
Columbia, MO 65205