The Planning Department’s mission is to promote quality sustainable development within the City through such programs as growth and land use management, community development and historical preservation. Our goal is to provide all services and information in an efficient and customer-focused manner.
The Planning Department administers the regulations that govern how land is developed within the City of Covington. Also, the department is in charge of long-range planning efforts and special project plans.
Listed below are the department’s core land development services:
- Zoning Verification
- Sign Permits
- Subdivision Process
- Rezoning Process
- Covington Historical District Review Process
- Street / Alley Revocation Process
- Annexation Process
- Conditional Use Permit Process
- Occupational License
- Alcohol Beverage License(s)
For updates to the Comprehensive Plan Update, please visit our website www.covingtonplan2030.com. This project website serves as a consistent method of communication that connects the planning team with Covington residents, business owners, and land owners. The website includes information about the plan, an event schedule, and opportunities for online participation in the planning process.
Public Engagement Summary Report
Covington residents and stakeholders continue to share their opinions, concerns, and visions for the future of Covington through the survey, during workshops, and direct communication with the planning team. A summary of feedback received thus far is documented in the Public Engagement Summary Report. This report will continue to be updated as engagement progresses throughout the plan update.
The City of Covington contracted Cox|McLain Environmental Consulting (CMEC) of Austin, Texas, to complete a historic resources survey for the City. The Division of St. John Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1982 and represents the historic core of the City of Covington. Historians from CMEC conducted fieldwork for the survey in the fall of 2017. The 2017 survey updated the existing inventory of historic-age resources within the Division of St. John NRHP District.
This effort included documenting resources that had become historic age since the NRHP nomination was completed and noting buildings that no longer exist. CMEC evaluated the integrity of each historic-age building and assigned contributing or noncontributing status to each resource. CMEC historians also conducted a windshield survey of select resources outside of the Division of St. John, including properties in the Division of Spring.
As a result of the survey, CMEC recommends that the NRHP nomination for the Division of St. John be formally updated with the National Park Service and that the City establish a local historic district in Spring. Amending the NRHP nomination and establishing a local historic district in Spring could extend benefits, such as tax credits and grant opportunities, to property owners within these districts. In addition to assessing the properties as they relate to historic districts, CMEC evaluated eligibility for individual listing in the NRHP. Nine historic-age resources are recommended eligible for individual listing in the NRHP.
The Final Covington Historic Resources Survey Report documents listed below can be viewed and downloaded at this link.
- Covington Results Presentation
- Covington Historic Resources Survey Report-Revised
- Covington Historic Resources Survey Report –Appendix A Maps
- Covington Historic Resources Survey Report – Appendix B Tables
- Covington Historic Resources Survey Report –Appendix – C Forms – Division of St. John
- Covington Historic Resources Survey Report –Appendix –D Forms Division of Spring and Others
Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map
Comprehensive Planning Initiative Update
Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance
City of Covington Zoning Map
City of Covington Zoning Map with Overlay Districts
Historic District Ordinance
HDC-MUOD Historic Downtown Covington Mixed-Use Overlay District and Map
2012 Historic District Design Guidelines
Capacity Charges Study
Ord. 2016-23 Chapter 98 Capacity Charges
Listed below are the most commonly requested applications. If the application you require is not listed below, you can pick one up at the City of Covington's Planning and Zoning Department between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Office is located inside City Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Ave.
Variance Application or Appeal Request
Certificate of Appropriateness Application
Administrative Resubdivision Application
Minor Preliminary Approval Subdivision
Minor Final Approval Subdivision
Tentative Approval Subdivision
Preliminary Subdivision Review
Single-Family Zoning Change Application
Multi-Family Zoning Change Application
Commercial Zoning Change Application
Sign Permit Application (Permanent)
HDC-Sign Permit Application
Temporary Special Signs Application
Ownership Certification Form
2020 New PUD Request
Performance Standards Review
Street Closure Application
Annexation Checklist and Application Submission Requirements
Annexation Application Request