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Frequently Asked Questions



  1. How much will my permit cost?
  2. How long will it take to get my plans reviewed?
  3. Does Douglas County have a Tree Ordinance?
  4. What are the creek buffers for each drainage basin?
  5. Where can I get the design standards for Douglas County?
  6. When are sidewalks required?
  7. How much should my bonds cover?
  8. How many sets of plans do I need to submit for review?


1. How much will my permit cost?
Permit fees can be calculated using the Development Control fee sheet. This can be downloaded off of this website under Development Control Fees. These fees should be calculated using disturbed acreage only. These fees do not apply to land disturbance permits for building a home. If you are building a home in a subdivision, there is a one hundred dollar flat fee for the land disturbance. If the home is not in a subdivision or otherwise developed property, there is no fee for the permit. Additional fees may be required from other departments.
(Posted on: March 13, 2004)

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2. How long will it take to get my plans reviewed?
Code allows up to 45 days per submittal for plan review. However, reviews are typically commented on in two weeks or less. This can change based on the number of plans that are already in at the time of submittal.
(Posted on: February 7, 2007)

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3. Does Douglas County have a Tree Ordinance?
Yes, Douglas County has a tree protection ordinance. The ordinance can be downloaded off of this website. It should be noted that trees required by Planning and Zoning and/or trees in buffers required by Planning and Zoning do not count towards the units required by the Development Control Department.
(Posted on: March 15, 2004)

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4. What are the creek buffers for each drainage basin?
The creek buffers are assigned by drainage basins. Contact the Development Control Department to find out what basin you are in. The buffers are as follow: Dog River Basin - 200', Bear Creek Basin - 100'+ 50' impervious surface buffer, Anneewakee Creek Basin - 50'+ 25' impervious surface buffer, Sweetwater Creek Basin - 100'+ 50' impervious surface buffer, Beaver Run Sub-basin - 100'+ 50' impervious surface buffer, Gothards Creek Sub-basin - 50', all others - 50'. The buffers are measured from the top of bank in both directions.
(Posted on: February 7, 2007)

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5. Where can I get the design standards for Douglas County?
Download the "Construction Plans Checklist" and use it as a guide. If you can check each item, you have probably met our engineering code requirements. Also, for more details, a copy of the Unified Development Code can be downloaded from the Planning and Zoning Department on this website.
(Posted on: February 7, 2007)

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6. When are sidewalks required?
Douglas County Unified Development Code requires sidewalks on both sides of all internal streets on any development that has 25 lots or more. Also, sidewalks are required along the existing County roads when the development is within a one mile radius of a school. Sidewalks should be a minimum of four feet wide, four feet from the back of curb and four inches thick. Sidewalks are not required when lot size is 3 acres or more.
(Posted on: February 7, 2007)

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7. How much should my bonds cover?
Maintenance bonds should cover 25% of the total cost of improvements and the Performance bonds should cover 150% of any incomplete work such as topping, sidewalks, etc. See the download "Estimating Bonds" for more complete details.
(Posted on: March 15, 2004)

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8. How many sets of plans do I need to submit for review?
All construction plans are now reviewed online. Please visit the following website for more information about online plan submittal https://eplansolution.com/douglas/index.html. When construction plans are approved(commercial & residential), 3 printed sets need to be submitted to be stamped for on-site use. Additional paper copies as well as hydrology reports should be submitted directly to WSA . Special circumstances may require additional plans to be submitted.
(Posted on: August 29, 2014)

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