Andrew Ellard, Director of Urban Development
Welcome and thank you for visiting the Department of Urban Development's web pages. Information about our services has been updated and re-organized into a more "user-friendly" environment. The department continues to provide services and information regarding planning, zoning, land development, permits, building inspections, code enforcement, neighborhood development and the Action Center. The Urban Development staff consists of 24 employees who oversee the daily operations of the Planning and Land Code Divisions. The department demonstrates the legal, administrative and implementation authority relating to the built environment within the city.
News & UpdatesRental Ordinance:
In 2016, members of City Council formed a committee of community stakeholders to address the formation of a rental ordinance. On Monday, April 2, a draft of the ordinance was presented to the City Council for review. Council members will spend time reviewing and providing feedback to the department before a final draft is placed before them for a vote.
To view a copy of the DRAFT and a list of frequently asked questions, please see the links below:
- Rental Ordinance DRAFT
- Rental Ordinance DRAFT FAQ
For questions, please call 601-545-4675.
Hattiesburg Land Development Code Amendment – Section 10 Signs
Hattiesburg Land Development Code Amendment – Section 10 SignsIn early 2017, the City of Hattiesburg adopted a new Land Development Code (LDC). Over the last year the Planning Division has had the opportunity to work with the new LDC – as many of you have as well – putting it into practice. The proposed changes are a product of staff input, research, and input from stakeholders. While there is likely no “perfect” code, practical application often gives light to certain opportunities or gaps upon which we can continue to improve. This is only the second of what will likely be a series of three or more “batches” of amendments.
How Do I Get There?
How Do I Get There?If you need driving directions to any location in Hattiesburg, simply type in your address and your destination in the boxes below.
Property SearchWelcome to the City of Hattiesburg GIS Website! This Webmap is run and maintained by the GIS division, Federal and State Programs at the City of Hattiesburg. The purpose of our GIS team is to provide mapping and geographic information to our city departments and to the citizens of Hattiesburg.
ZoningThe new Land Development Code (LDC) was adopted by the City Council on February 21, 2017, and will became effective on March 23, 2017.
Map Request Form
Map Request FormMap requests must be submitted a minimum of one week prior to the date needed. Because the volume of our work is varied, this does not guarantee that we will be able to complete the map within your needed time frame.
Hattiesburg Comprehensive Plan
Hattiesburg Comprehensive PlanThe purpose of the 2008 Comprehensive Plan is to identify the long-range goals and policies that should be used to guide public and private decision-making related to Hattiesburg’s future growth and community development.
Hattiesburg Land Development Code
Hattiesburg Land Development CodeThe land development code is a part of the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan. The code is an integral tool for the accomplishment of the continuous comprehensive planning process. The code coordinates the city's development and delivery of city services.
MIDTOWN Hattiesburg - Form Based Code
MIDTOWN Hattiesburg - Form Based CodeMidtown Form-Based Code provides the means to guide implementation of the citizen-endorsed vision for property within Midtown.
Historic PreservationHistoric Preservation is saving for future generations what is unique about our community. In planning for the future of the City of Hattiesburg, it is important that we recognize the significance of what has happened in the past and plan to preserve it for the future by identifying, surveying, inventorying, protecting and preserving the historic resources of the community.
Floodplain ManagementThe flood hazard in Hattiesburg comes primarily from The Leaf River and its tributary Creeks including: Gordon, Mixon, Burkett and Priest, which are within the Pascagoula River Basin.
Storm Water Management
Storm Water ManagementIn accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and authority granted by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act), the City of Hattiesburg was issued a Stormwater Permit in 2002, for the discharge of stormwater from the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4).
Development InformationThe following procedures are necessary steps for development projects in the City of Hattiesburg.
Applications and Forms
Applications, Fees, and FormsThe following applications and forms are required to be completed in its entirety before developing any future projects.
City of Hattiesburg Planning Commission & Board of Adjustments
City of Hattiesburg Planning Commission & Board of AdjustmentsThe Hattiesburg Planning Commission has was created by the Mayor and City Council as an advisory committee to address zoning matters and is vested with the rights and responsibilities as provided in Mississippi Code Annotated Section 17-1-17 (1972), and established in the City of Hattiesburg Ordinance No. 1490.
NeighborhoodsThe roots of the city’s neighborhood planning program—Neighborhoods Building Hattiesburg’s Future can be traced back to the 1999-2001. The program set out to establish an information exchange between the city’s governing body and neighborhood residents. The process consisted of three phases: 1) Initiation, 2) Organizing/Outreach, and 3) Visioning/Planning.
Action CenterThe City of Hattiesburg's Action Center is the information exchange center between city departments and local residents.
Permitting ProcessThe following procedures are necessary information for obtaining a building permit in the City of Hattiesburg:
Code Enforcement DivisionCode Enforcement has become an essential part of government within many cities throughout the United States. It is the responsibility of this particular department to regulate the codes and ordinances that govern the maintenance and aesthetic value of residential and commercial properties.
Environmental CourtThe purpose of The City of Hattiesburg’s Environmental Court is to assist Code Enforcement, Animal Control and Fire Department in clearing up any documented violations.
HousingHattiesburg is an entitlement city under the rules of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and as such, receives an annual allocation of funding from both the CDBG and the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME).
Disability AdvocateThe mission of the Disability Program as implemented by the City of Hattiesburg is to ensure inclusion of residents with disabilities in all aspects of the community by addressing ADA established laws that protect the rights of the disabled and require adherence by local government.
Economic DevelopmentThe City of Hattiesburg Façade Improvement Program (FAÇADE) is intended to encourage building renovations that address blighting conditions in Hattiesburg’s downtown area by offering financial assistance to property owners or tenants who improve the exterior appearance of the downtown building.
Cable Advisory Board
Cable Advisory BoardThe City of Hattiesburg’s Cable Advisory Board is tasked with making recommendations to the Mayor regarding franchise agreements with traditional television cable providers and other non-traditional video service providers as necessary. The City of Hattiesburg currently has a franchise agreement in place with Comcast.
Bank On Hattiesburg
Bank On HattiesburgThe City of Hattiesburg, local banks, credit unions, and non-profit organizations have joined forces to increase wealth and financial literacy among area families.
Community Development Housing OrganizationsA Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) is a private nonprofit organization that: 1. Is organized under State or Local laws; 2. No part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual; 3. Is neither controlled by, nor under the direction of, individuals or entities seeking to derive profit or gain from the organization. The CHDO will have staff capacity to complete the activity identified and be certified by the City of Hattiesburg as an eligible CHDO and remain eligible through this process until project completion.
Downpayment Assistance Program
Downpayment Assistance ProgramThe Downpayment Assistance Program is intended to provide financial assistance to low- to moderate-income (LMI) households, acquiring their first home and to encourage successful, sustainable homeownership.
Job Access Reverse CommuteThe JARC Program provides low cost transportation to jobs and employment-related activities such as child care and job training activities for public assistance recipients and eligible low-income individuals who are 18 years of age or older. JARC has had a dramatic impact on the lives of thousands of low income families transitioning from welfare to work in many states and is now available to Hattiesburg-Petal-Forrest-Lamar County residents. Applications are available at the Hattiesburg MPO office of Federal & State Programs located at 308 Newman Street (Train Depot) in Hattiesburg, MS.
Tech Committee Meetings
Tech Committee MeetingsAll HPFL-MPO Technical Committee Meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of each quarter at the Hattiesburg Intermodal Facility located at 308 Newman Street, Hattiesburg, MS at 10:00 a.m.
Policy Committee Meetings
Policy Committee MeetingsAll HPFL-MPO Policy Committee Meetings are scheduled for the 4th Wednesday of each quarter at the Hattiesburg Intermodal Facility located at 308 Newman Street, Hattiesburg, MS at 10:00 a.m.
Full Steam Ahead!
Stay informed and updated with the progress of Hattiesburg. We are dedicated to our city's growth by enhancing cultures and changing lives!
The Urban Development Department has 3 divisions: Planning Division, Building Division, and Code Enforcement Division.
Building/ Permit Division
Andrew Ellard, Director of Urban Development