The Department of Community Development is responsible for construction permits, inspections, and for enforcing city ordinances and codes in relation to building construction, planning, zoning, signage, parking, design standards, and property maintenance. 


The department also supervises floodplain management activities and serves as staff for the Cleveland Planning Commission, Cleveland Heritage Commission, and Contractor Licensing Board.


Construction Permits:  Almost any work done requires a permit from the Department of Community Development prior to beginning the work.  The department issues permits for: building, electrical, plumbing, gas, mechanical, floodplain, site development, moving, signs, demolition, and water or sewer connections.  A copy of each permit application and supporting documentation can be on the right side of this page.


Planning:  The Comprehensive Plan, Land Development Ordinance and Zoning Map are an essential part of planning any construction project and can be found on the right side of this page.  You can find all development, zoning, subdivision, parking, sign, design, and historic preservation regulations in the Land Development Ordinance.

Contractor Licensing:  All contractors and homeowners are reminded to obtain necessary permits before starting work .  The City of Cleveland requires a contractor license for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas, and lawn irrigation on any project that involves the public.

Contact Us

207 East Carpenter Street

P. O. Box 1439
Cleveland, MS  38732


Kenneth Taylor, Director

Kim Chisolm, Assistant Director

Billy Trotter, Building Inspector

Dennis Barfield, Building Inspector

Danita McClure, Code Enforcement Officer

Chris Harris, Housing Inspector

Hope Johnson, Office Clerk

Secandrice Davis, Office Clerk

Monday through Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Grease Control Program:  All Food Service Facilities are required to obtain a Food Service Facility Grease Control Permit in order to operate within the City of Cleveland.  The Grease Control Ordinance contains vital information about the permit process and regulations controlling food service facilities.  The Grease Control Permit Application is required for each food service facility.


Code Compliance: This branch is responsible for issuing construction permits, licensing contractors, and scheduling or performing construction and occupancy inspections.  The City of Cleveland has adopted and enforces the following building codes:

·2015 International Building Code
·2015 International Residential Code
·2015 International Fire Code
·2015 International Plumbing Code
·2015 International Fuel Gas Code
·2015 International Mechanical Code
·2015 International Property Maintenance Code
·2015 International Existing Building Code
·2014 National Electric Code

Code Enforcement: This branch is responsible for the enforcement of City codes and ordinances as they pertain to construction, planning, zoning, signage, property maintenance, and floodplain management.  Code enforcement personnel actively pursue violations of these codes and ordinances to protect the citizens of Cleveland. 

Citizens that have knowledge of code violations are encouraged to call and report these issues to Code Enforcement staff at 662-843-4601.

100 North Street  

Cleveland, MS 38732  


© 2017 City Of Cleveland, MS


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