Planning & Zoning

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:

  1. Zoning Verification
  2. Sign Permits
  3. Subdivision Process
  4. Rezoning Process
  5. Covington Historical District Review Process
  1. Street / Alley Revocation Process
  2. Annexation Process
  3. Conditional Use Permit Process
  4. Occupational License
  5. Alcohol Beverage License(s)

Nahketah Bagby
Planning & Zoning Director
(985) 867-1214 ext. 240
[email protected]

Ellen Agee
Planning & Zoning Administrator
(985) 867-1214 ext. 241
[email protected]

Comprehensive Plan Update

For updates to the Comprehensive Plan Update, please visit our website  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.

View Public Engagement Summary Report

Historic Survey

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.

  1. Covington Results Presentation
  2. Covington Historic Resources Survey Report-Revised
  3. Covington Historic Resources Survey Report –Appendix A Maps
  4. Covington Historic Resources Survey Report – Appendix B Tables
  5. Covington Historic Resources Survey Report –Appendix – C Forms – Division of St. John
  6. Covington Historic Resources Survey Report –Appendix –D Forms Division of Spring and Others

For additional information:
Nahketah Bagby, City Planner
[email protected]
(985) 867-1214 ext. 240