Planning & Codes

The Planning & Codes Department works to ensure that the public’s safety, health, and general welfare are addressed and maintained through the adoption of enforcement of local ordinances and nationally accepted building codes. The Department of Planning and Codes Enforcement serves as the information center for planning, zoning, storm water, plan reviews, building permits, property maintenance and rental inspections.

Building Codes

The City of Union City has adopted for building, design and construction of structures the following 2012 ICC Codes:

  • International Building Code
  • International Plumbing Code
  • International Mechanical Code
  • International Fuel Gas Code
  • International Residential Code
  • International Fire Code
  • International Property Maintenance Code

Other codes adopted:

  • ICC A117.1-2009 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
  • Standard Unsafe Building Abatement Code
  • 2009 ICC Energy Conservation Code

Building Permit Fees

$5.00 for the first $1,000 and $3.00 per each $1,000 thereafter. We permit new construction, additions, and alterations. We also permit sheds, pools, and roofs. Contact our office for setback regulations prior to the start of your next project. The department also oversees construction sites and monitors storm water activity within the city limits.

Planning Commission

The Union City Municipal-Regional Planning Commission meets on the third Thursday of each month at noon, in the courtroom of the Municipal Building. Part of the Planning Commission duties are, to plan for future growth and development of Union City, review site plans and sub-division plat for compliance with city codes. The deadline for submittal to the Planning Commission is 14 days prior to the scheduled meeting. There is no fee to bring an item to a regular scheduled Planning Commission meeting.

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Union City Board of Zoning Appeals meets on the first Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of the Municipal Building. They hear appeals on a case by case basis for the following items: Home Occupations, Administrative Reviews, Special Exceptions and Variances. The deadline for submittal is 14 days prior to the scheduled meeting. There is a $20.00 application fee for the regular meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Property Maintenance

The Planning Department answers complaints for overgrown yards, junk/abandoned vehicles, dilapidated buildings, trash and scattered debris. For more information, visit our Property Maintenance section.

Reference and General Info:

Zoning information and allowable uses, setbacks for new construction, additions and accessory uses. This includes signs, site plans, parking and fences.


Director - Jim Temple