Planning & Zoning


The Planning Services Department reports to the City Manager and concentrates on three major activities: City Planning, Development Services and Historic Preservation

Programs provided by the Planning Services Department include:
  • Community planning
  • Development site planning and review
  • Historic Preservation
  • Land use regulation
  • Zoning enforcement
Major collaborations underway include: sustainability, riverfront planning and development, Historic Millwork District, Washington Neighborhood Revitalization, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and Imagine Dubuque, the new City of Dubuque Comprehensive Plan. 


The Planning Services Department's mission is to work in partnership with our citizens to create a more livable community and plan for a better future.

Imagine Dubuque - You Spoke and We Listened!

Dubuque's new comprehensive plan, "Imagine Dubuque 2037: A Call to Action," was adopted following a year of community engagement that gathered over 12,500 ideas from more than 6,000 residents and stakeholders. The plan serves as a policy guide for the community's physical, social, and economic development.

Imagine Dubuque

Contact Us

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    Planning Services Director
    Phone: 563-589-4210
    Fax: 563-589-4221

    City Hall
    50 West 13th Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

    Monday -  Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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