Plan Review

Developing in DeKalb

The City of DeKalb knows that time and predictability are key ingredients for business success. DeKalb has established a reputation in the region as a jurisdiction that is responsive in processing Planning and Zoning Petitions and Building Permits in a fast and efficient manner. 

The City works hard to meet both environmental and business plan goals that support business development while enhancing the quality of life in the DeKalb community.

Plan Review Process

Plan review is one of the key tasks of the division. This function guides and evaluates major development applications for annexations, rezonings, and preliminary and final subdivision plans. The review process ensures projects are designed to meet City policies, public needs, the applicant's objectives, and applicable local and state regulations. City staff oversees the plan review process and coordinates with other departments, outside agencies, and other members of the Community Development Department. 

Preliminary Project Review

The City offers free preliminary project review upon request. The proposed project is routed to all applicable departments for comments, and a pre-application meeting with the applicant is recommended to discuss the proposed project and any specific requirements, needs, or constraints associated with a particular site. This review allows the applicant to receive vital information prior to formal submittal.


From the time the City receives a completed application, most zoning and plan approvals involving smaller projects take 45-60 days. Additional time is necessary for larger projects and those requiring a development or annexation agreement.

For More Information

To learn more about the plan review process, please refer to the Unified Development Ordinance Article 5.13 "PD" Planned Development District.

If you have questions regarding any planning and zoning petition application or a preliminary project review, please contact the Planning Director, Dan Olson, by email or call direct 815-748-2361.