Planning & Community Development
The Planning & Community Development Department is responsible for all planning, development, and permitting activities in the City of Beaumont. This includes zoning, building inspection, demolitions, housing, code compliance and block grant administration. The Beaumont Municipal Transit System, directed by this department, is discussed in the Special Revenue Funds Section.
Administration assists other Planning & Community Development programs for departmental activities such as budgeting, financial and operational planning and employee development.
Building Codes ensures that building standards for private dwellings and commercial structures are met. The program provides on-site inspections of work in progress; reviews site plans prior to the issuance of building permits; reviews and permits oil and gas well applications; identifies, inspects, and abates dangerous structures.
Code Enforcement is responsible for enforcement and abatement of code or ordinance violations related to litter, weed abatement, junk motor vehicles, and general nuisances. The program supports the Operation Clean Street Program and assists in coordinating neighborhood clean-ups, often working with Neighborhood Associations.
Planning and Zoning directs the City’s comprehensive planning activities and administers the zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations, provides assistance with zoning change and specific use permit requests, subdivision plat requests, certificates of appropriateness, historic tax exemptions and historic preservation loans, and code enforcement within the Oaks Historic District.
The Housing program contributes to the City of Beaumont’s revitalization program through the construction of new affordable houses, the administration of first-time homebuyer’s assistance and the rehabilitation of older homes. The objective is to develop viable urban communities and improve economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate-income.
Grants Administration is responsible for administering the Consolidated Block Grant Program, which encompasses various federal and state grants. This division also administers Economic Development Initiative-Special Projects Grants (EDI) and Shelter-Plus Care.
If you feel you have been denied access to adequate housing due to race, color, religion, national origin, handicap, or familial status, this may be a violation of the City ordinance. As such, please contact Ms. Demetria Lavergne at 409-880-3763 to discuss this further. A link to the City's Fair Housing ordinance can be found here. In addition, if you need to request special accommodation from any policy or regulation of the City, as outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Kaltrina Minick in the City's Personnel Department at 409-880-3777.