Building & Planning Services

In order to maintain safety standards and protect the public welfare in accordance with the state mandated minimum guidelines, and the Ordinances adopted by the City Council, the Building Department conducts inspections of building and development throughout the city. The Building Department is focused on insuring through permitting and inspections, that all the codes of the City of St Marys are followed, and that each and every building is safe for our community.The department conducts inspections of construction projects to insure compliance with International Code Council codes and local codes and ordinances. 

Services provided by the Department include: 
  • Commercial Building Permits and Inspections,
  • Residential Building Permits and Inspections,
  • Commercial Plan Review, and 
  • Residential Plan Review
To  request a building inspection please email address and type of inspection requested to .


Urban planning is a technical and political process concerned with the development and design of land use and the built environment, including air, water, and the infrastructure passing into and out of urban areas, such as transportation, communications, and distribution networks. Urban planning deals with physical layout of human settlements. The primary concern is the public welfare, which includes considerations of efficiency, sanitation, protection and use of the environment, as well as effects on social and economic activities. Urban planning is considered an interdisciplinary field that includes social, engineering and design sciences. It is closely related to the field of urban design and some urban planners provide designs for streets, parks, buildings and other urban areas. Urban planning is also referred to as urban and regional planning, regional planning, town planning, city planning, rural planning, urban development or some combination in various areas worldwide. Enforcement methodologies include governmental zoning, planning permissions, and building codes, as well as private easements and restrictive covenants.

Urban planning guides orderly development in urban, suburban and rural areas. Although predominantly concerned with the planning of settlements and communities, urban planning can also be responsible for the planning and development of water use and resources, rural and agricultural land, parks and conserving areas of natural environmental significance. Practitioners of urban planning are concerned with research and analysis, strategic thinking, architecture, urban design, public consultation, policy recommendations, implementation and management.