The City of Columbus – Bartholomew County Planning Department provides both long-range community planning and current development review services for the City of Columbus and Bartholomew County.  The Planning Department also provides zoning and subdivision control administration services for the Edinburgh / Bartholomew / Columbus Joint District Plan Commission.  The Planning Department is a companion agency to the Bartholomew County Department of Technical Code Enforcement which provides building permit and inspection services for Columbus and Bartholomew County.

The mission of the Planning Department is (1) to assist the development community and the public in interpreting and applying land use regulations and processes, (2) to provide land use and development information to local officials and the public, (3) to facilitate public discussion of development, land use, and other community issues.

Planning Jurisdictions: A map showing the three Planning Department administered jurisdictions is avaiable on the Bartholomew County GIS (GIS Basic Instructions).  Please feel free to contact our office with any jurisdiction-related questions (phone: 812.376.2550 / email:

Public Hearings:  Currently proposed developments and/or regulatory changes for which a public hearing has been scheduled are shown in the map below.  Please also visit the Meetings section of these Planning Department web pages for additional information.

View Public Notices in a larger map.