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A complete library of Planning Department applications and forms is available below. Please note that both blank forms to be printed and completed and fill-in forms capable of being completed electronically are available.  Please note that the applications and forms are updated periodically and therefore it is recommend that frequent applicants return to the website to obtain current forms for each application rather than downloading and reusing a particular version.  The use of outdated forms can result in applications being delayed or re-work on the part of the applicant.  The applications and forms are intended to be used for all jurisdictions unless specifically indicated otherwise.

Application Fees

The required fee for each application type may be found on our Fee Schedule, which is available at the following link:  Fee Schedule

Application & Payment Instructions

To file an application, (1) mail the completed application form and any attachments to our office or (2) submit them by e-mail to planning@columbus.in.gov.  Please be sure that your e-mail and/or application form includes your complete contact information.  You will receive an e-mail reply that includes your application’s case number, fee amount, and verification of the jurisdiction to which the fee must be paid (Columbus or Bartholomew County).  After receiving the case number, fee, and jurisdiction verification, please mail a check for the appropriate amount, payable to the City of Columbus or Bartholomew County, as appropriate, to the address below.  Please be sure to include your application’s case number on the check’s memo line.  Applicants in the City of Columbus jurisdiction only may also pay by credit card through the City’s on-line payment portal. The Planning Department will not be able to approve your application until correct fee payment has been received.

Mail Payment Checks to:
City of Columbus – Bartholomew County Planning Department
Attn:  Janie Meek
123 Washington Street
Columbus, Indiana  47201

Credit Card Payment Portal (for City of Columbus applications only):
Visit the Credit Card Payment Page


Zoning Compliance Certificate  / Site Development Plan Applications

(Print form from Dropbox or download for interactive .pdf)

Sign Application Package (Application & Worksheet)

Sign Application Form Only

Sign Worksheet Form Only

ZCC / Site Development Plan Application Package (Application, Checklist & Sign Worksheet)

ZCC / Site Development Plan Application Form Only

Site Plan Checklist Only

Waiver/Modification Form Only


Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) Applications

(Print form from Dropbox or download for interactive .pdf)

BZA Filing Procedures Summary

Conditional Use Application

Development Standards Variance Application

Use Variance Application

Flood Hazard Area Variance Application

Appeal of Administrative Decision Application


Subdivision Applications

(Standard Form: PDF, Fill-in Form: Word Template)

Subdivision Application
Standard Form
Fill-In Form

Subdivision Modification Worksheets
Columbus Worksheet Standard Form
Columbus Worksheet Fill-in Form
Bartholomew County Worksheet Standard Form
Bartholomew County Worksheet Fill-in Form

Major Sub. Construction Plan & Final Plat Application
Standard Form
Fill-In Form

Appeal of Plat Committee Decision Application
Standard Form
Fill-In Form

Bartholomew County Agriculture Affidavit
Standard Form


Subdivision Checklists

Agriculture Subdivision Checklist
Bartholomew County

Administrative Subdivision Checklist
Columbus
Bartholomew County

Minor Subdivision Checklist
Columbus
Bartholomew County

Major Subdivision Concept Plan Checklist
Bartholomew County

Major Subdivision Preliminary Plat Checklist
Columbus
Bartholomew County

Major Subdivision Final Plat Checklist
Columbus
Bartholomew County


Columbus Subdivision Improvement Agreements

(Standard Form: PDF, Fill-in Form: Word Template)

Build & Dedicate Agreement
Standard Form
Fill-In Form

Performance Security Agreement
Standard Form
Fill-In Form

Revise Build & Dedicate to Performance Security Agreement
Standard Form
Fill-In Form


Bartholomew County Subdivision Improvement Agreements

(Standard Form: PDF, Fill-in Form: Word Template)

Build & Dedicate Agreement
Standard Form
Fill-In Form

Performance Security Agreement (Public Improvements)
Standard Form
Fill-In Form

Performance Security Agreement (Private Improvements)
Standard Form
Fill-In Form


Floodplain Regulation Related Forms

(Standard Form: PDF)

Community Acknowledgement Form Submission Instructions
Standard Form


Other Applications

(Standard Form: PDF, Fill-in Form: Word Template)

Rezoning Application

Annexation Application
Standard Form
Fill-In Form

Planned Unit Development (PUD) Application
Standard Form
Fill-In Form

PUD Preliminary Plan Checklist
Standard Form

PUD Final Plan Checklist
Standard Form

Utility Connection Application Package (For connections outside of Columbus city limits)
Application & Annexation Waiver – Standard Form
Application – Fill-In Form
Annexation Waiver – Fill-in Form

Right-of-Way Vacation Application
Standard Form
Fill-In Form