Planning and Zoning Department

What are the roles and responsibilities of the Planning Department?

The responsibility for local land use decisions can be divided into two functions:

• Planning (policy-making or “legislative function”) and

• Regulation (development review or “quasi-judicial function”).

The Planning Commission is involved in reviewing development projects. In carrying out its planning functions, the Planning Commission should seek d public involvement in the process and try to keep its activities open and inclusive. Members may discuss issues publicly and should seek all opportunities to inform interested parties and the public at large. However, in carrying out the regulatory functions, the responsible commission must ensure a fair and open process by following required procedures for public notice and decision-making. 

The Planning and Zoning Department is located inside Leesville City Hall. Hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 am through 4:30 pm.

Planning & Zoning Commission

The Planning and Zoning Commission reviews, approves, and disapproves applications for rezoning of property. The Board meets the first Thursday of each month in the City Courtroom at 4:30 p.m.
 Craig Abrams,  Annie Marbury, Bob Ganaway, Sandy Guynn, and  Jessica Herring 

Frequent Commercial Building Issues

  • Rezoning, if required, may take as long as 90 days to complete. 
  • Administrative Variance is an administrative exception to City of Leesville zoning regulations.
  • Site Plan Reviews will be necessary for any condominium, subdivision, apartment complex or commercial building that is found to be non-compliant with zoning ordinances. 

Non-Residential Development Helpful Information Sheet

Commercial, Subdivision and Industrial Building Permits

Commercial Building Permits usually require approval from the Planning and Zoning Department before a permit can be issued. They often involve a more complicated process and may require rezoning, administrative variances, or site plan reviews, etc.

Residential Building Permits

The following activities on any property lying within the city limits require a building permit:

New ConstructionWater
Major RepairsFull Roof Replacement

Note: Fees may be doubled if work has begun prior to acquiring the proper permits.
 Residential Building Permits are not issued at City Hall. They are issued by the City Building Inspector at his office:

Billy McShan
City Building Inspector
512 South 3rd Street
Leesville, LA 71446