Service Changes Due to COVID-19: 

Changes, closures and cancellations have occurred to many of Clayton's facilities, meetings, events and services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click for updated information.

  Plan Commission/Architectural Review Board 

April 6, 2020 Meeting.

In light of the current public health crisis and the Federal, State, and County Emergency Declarations, and in accord with the provisions of Sec. 610.020, RSMo., the Plan Commission/Architectural Review Board recognizes that it would be dangerous and impractical, if not impossible, for its meeting to be physically accessible to the public.  The Commission/Board also recognizes the need for the public’s business to be attended to in order to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.  In order to balance both the need for continuity of government and protection of the health and safety of our residents, business persons, and employees, this meeting of the Plan Commission/Architectural Review Board will not be open to public attendance in person.  The meeting will be accessible by the public in real time ONLY by following the instructions in the box below.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Apr 6, 2020 05:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: 04/06/2020 PC/ARB Meeting

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +13126266799,,764839876# or +19292056099,,764839876#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
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Webinar ID: 764 839 876
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Persons interested in making their views known on any matter on the agenda should send an email with their comments to the Assistant City Clerk at All comments received will be distributed to the entire Commission/Board before the meeting.


Covid-19 Update 3/19/20

As of 5:00, Thursday 3/19/20, Clayton City Hall will be closed to the general public until further notice. Accommodations have been made for all permit related materials to be dropped off in a designated area located within the Clayton City Hall parking garage. The parking garage can be accessed from the alley located at the north of Clayton City Hall. For your assistance, wayfinding has been provided and the link below can be opened to provide the precise location. Parking within the garage is for City of Clayton employees only. Visitor Parking areas are located off of the alley and additional parking is available on North Bemiston.

Plans shall be submitted with accompanying documents rolled or folded together and left in the appropriately designated container. Please designate in a visible location on the submitted documents the type of permit that is being provided. Permit applications for permits not requiring plan review, shall be left in a separate designated container. Please be advised that per a study from the National Institutes of Health  (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all received paper documents will be quarantined for a period of 48 hours prior to being processed.  You are encouraged to submit any and all of the above listed response items via electronic (.pdf) files.

For pick-up of approved building permit plans and permits, please click here for instructions.  

For submitting NEW  building permit applications, please click here for instructions or for direct access to the City of Clayton Citizenserve Permitting Portal, click here.

For pick-up of approved planning and zoning plans and permits, please click here for instructions.

For submitting NEW planning and zoning plans and permits, please click here for instructions.

As always, you are encouraged to submit any of the above listed items via electronic (.pdf) files. Please refer to sections elsewhere on this page for the appropriate methods and e-mail addresses to which electronic files may be submitted. Check back to this page soon for alternative methods to applying for permits online.

Due to reduced staffing, response times may vary from our norm. Your patience is appreciated. Permit status updates will be initiated upon review completion and either additional information (or clarification) is sought, or you are notified that the permit will be made available for pick-up.


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Mission Statement

In partnership with the community, our mission is to assist Clayton in achieving its vision for the future by providing knowledgeable, professional and responsive service.  We will:

  • Promote public health, safety and welfare
  • Administer all codes and ordinances in a consistent manner
  • Provide prompt, courteous service and accurate information to all of our customers
  • Review projects efficiently and thoroughly
  • Consider the effect of our actions on current and future generations
  • Acknowledge the diversity of our customers and their needs (such as citizens, developers, business owners, city officials and other public agencies)
  • Promote and maintain ethics and transparency in our activities and honest and open communication with our customers


The Department is divided into two interrelated divisions. 

The Planning and Zoning Division is primarily responsible for providing professional planning and zoning related services in order to promote responsible growth and to ensure that the City remains a sustainable, well-designed and prosperous community within a business-friendly environment, specifically through:

  • Guiding and facilitating development projects within the City of Clayton
  • Reviewing and processing of development applications, platting of property and code amendments
  • Interpreting and applying zoning regulations and future land use plans

The Building Division is primarily responsible for ensuring structures are built and maintained in conformance with building codes, approved plans and permits, and are safe for occupancy, specifically by:

  • Receiving and reviewing building plans and permit applications
  • Issuing building permits
  • Answering building code related questions
  • Scheduling and conducting building inspections
  • Administering the Property Maintenance Code
  • Providing Code Enforcement Services

The duties of each division overlap and often reflect different stages in an overall development process.   

NEW:  Citizen Guide to Development Review

The staff of the Planning and Development Department also guide and support the work of the following Boards and Commissions:


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The Architectural Review Board considers all exterior modifications to structures (including fences, signage, driveways, walkways, retaining walls, etc.) on public and private property   If you are making any type of changes to the exterior of your house including driveway replacement, landscape removal, hardscape additions, window replacement, exterior finish change, etc. please contact the City's Planning Department BEFORE you select a contractor to determine if the changes you propose meet the Architectural Standards and other applicable codes and if the work you are doing requires a permit.










Subdivision Indentures

We get a lot of Questions about Subdivision Indentures. Here is some information that may help you. Click here.