The mission of the St. Charles Parish Planning and Zoning Department is to balance the public interest with individual needs to create a quality living and working environment through effective land use and management.
Planning and Zoning Director Michael Albert
Phone: (985) 783-5060
General Inquiries: Fill out the form
For emergency electrical releases after hours/weekends, please contact the South Central Planning and Development Commission at (985) 655-1070.St. Charles Parish Department of Planning and Zoning
14996 River Road
P.O. Box 302
Hahnville, LA 70057
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Parish Government Holidays (Offices Closed)
Planning and Zoning Staff Directory
Latest Report and Helpful Links
- Report a Planning and Zoning Issue: Code Complaints, etc.
- St. Charles Parish Zoning Code
- Building Code Information
All questions regarding current building codes should be referred to our building official at the South Central Planning and Development Commission at (985) 655-1070.
- Parish Department Reports
The St. Charles Parish Department of Planning and Zoning has the responsibility to regulate present and future land issues in the parish as sanctioned by the parish charter.
Planning, as defined by the American Planning Association, is "furthering the welfare of people and their communities by creating convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient and attractive environments for present and future generations."
But planning is also the decision-making process of establishing goals and objectives, analyzing existing resources and conditions, developing strategies, and enacting controls to ensure that the goals and objectives as they relate to cities and communities are met.
In other words, a consensus is reached for how the community is to grow and to what extent this growth is to be managed through the regulation of land use with the goal of ensuring a certain pattern of development. As in the case for a majority of communities, St. Charles Parish accomplishes the regulation of effective land use management through zoning, as stipulated by the Parish Zoning Ordinance.
Zoning is the regulatory tool that classifies land uses by type and intensity within which permitted and special uses are established, as are regulations governing lot size, building setbacks and other development standards. It is through zoning that more intensive land uses are separated from less intensive land uses. The goal of zoning regulations is to achieve compatibility among land uses by grouping like issues together.
But the overriding goal of managing the land uses through zoning regulation is ensuring that the high quality of living and working in St. Charles Parish is preserved.