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Development Services Department

About Us

The Development Services Department is a combination of the Animal Services, Building Safety, City Planning, Community Services, and Engineering Divisions. It is the goal of this organization to be more responsive to customers, to be effective in internal communication, and to acheive efficiency in the City by helping developers and citizens obtain the services they need in primarily one location. 

Key Functions:

  • establish and maintain communication with the public
  • facilitate all aspects of private development
  • streamline permits and inspections
  • manage public works projects and infrastructure improvements
  • promote a higher quality of life for the citizens of Fayetteville

Submittal Process & Planning Commission Agendas

The Development Services Department requires a digital submittal for private development review. This option is intended to increase convenience for developers and citizens and to decrease cost and waste associated with a paper submittal. Development applications and the most recent Planning Commission agenda may be viewed on the City website at:

Click here  to view the submittal requirements.  For those applicants that do not have access to a computer please call City Planning staff at 479.575.8267 to discuss a paper submittal.

Code Amendments

Because our codes change frequently to reflect Federal or State requirements and to keep up with our community's trends and needs, the Development Services Department posts all proposed ordinance amendments to the Unified Development Code below in PDF. These drafts contain only the proposed revisions and will be removed from the Development Services Department site after they are approved by City Council and included in City Code.

Fireworks Permits

Interested in selling fireworks in Fayetteville? Click here!




City of Fayetteville Historic Preservation Awards, 2015


Nominations are being accepted for the City of Fayetteville Historic Preservation Awards. The Historic District Commission will present Historic Preservation Awards to honor projects, organizations, and individuals that have displayed outstanding commitment, practice, and leadership in preservation in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


If you are interested in nominating a candidate for any of the awards, please complete a nomination form or contact Jesse Fulcher at (479) 575-8308 or to obtain a nomination form or additional information. Self nominations are welcome, and electronic submittals are encouraged. The deadline for nominations and supporting material is 5:00 PM on Friday, March 27th.

Changes to Planning Division Submittal Process:

Submittals to the Planning Division no longer require the Grading and Drainage Application or fees to be included up front.  The preliminary design and drainage requirements must still be met but the application and fees will be submitted directly to Engineering when applying for the grading/drainage permits, typically after full Planning approval.

Additionally, our fees have changed for many of the development projects within the City of Fayetteville.  Please see each new application on our website for details.  Click on the 'Documents' link in the left column on this page to get to the new applications.

Please follow this link to view the new fee schedule:

New Fee Schedule

No Soliciting Ordinance. Click here to review the ordinance. The image at the top of the page can be printed and posted on your property, or you can pick up a window decal in the Development Services Department at 125 W. Mountain Street.

Effective Immediately:  Erosion and stormwater control requirements now apply to single-family residential development. Click here for additional information.

City Planning administers and enforces the City's Unified Development Code, implements long range plans, and facilitates the development process in Fayetteville. 

Engineering protects the City's floodplains, facilitates the installation of the City's infrastructure, and manages the transportation bond & capital improvements programs.

Community Services  coordinates the animal services, community development, and code compliance programs.

Building Safety
administers building regulations that protect the health, safety, and welfare of Fayetteville's citizens in the built environment.

Animal Services operates the Fayetteville Animal Shelter and provides public education, adoption, and 24-hour emergency service for animals in the City.