Community Development

Welcome to the Department of Community Development. Our department is made up of four divisions that work together to create a quality environment to live, work, and do business within our city.

The Community Development Department works to ensure orderly progress through the administration of comprehensive planning, zoning, and subdivision review processes. This department enforces the City's construction codes through a systematic plan review and inspection program. The department is also responsible for the City's codes compliance through a program of systematic and by-complaint inspections of properties in the city. The department also administers the Rental Housing Inspection and Licensing Program. Department staff provides support and assistance to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Board of Structure Appeals.


  • The City of Merriam requires that all contractors have a Contractor’s License through the Johnson County Contractor Licensing Program. For additional information click here.
  • The City of Merriam has adopted the 2012 building code and 2012 fire code. To allow time for builders, contractors, and design professionals to adapt to the new changes, the 2012 building and fire codes went into effect Jan. 1, 2015. For more information about the 2012 codes and changes from previous requirements, click here.