City Development include a multitude of City Services that help to provide oversight of community planning and development.  Gothenburg has worked hard on the promotion and development of a community that promotes safety and quality of life.  City Development includes everyday issues such as building permits, etc. – as well as long-term issues such as a Comprehensive Plan or a Community Redevelopment Authority Project.


Permits may be applied for at the City Office located at 409 9th Street.  Some permits are also available on-line by going to the Document Center.

Following are some of the permits required by the City:

  • Building – Residential and Commercial
  • Demolition
  • Mobile Homes
  • Swimming Pool
  • Sign
  • Fence
  • Underground Sprinklers
  • Building Moving
  • Propane Tanks over 100 gallon
  • Concrete
Building Inspector

The Building Inspector is Doug Swanson.  His office is located at City Hall and can be reached at (308) 325-3309 or  Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.

Planning and Zoning

The Department of Planning & Zoning is responsible for current planning, long term planning, zoning compliance, and other administrative duties.  The Planning and Zoning Commission meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Gothenburg Council Chambers located at 409 9th Street.  Members of the Commission are listed on the Boards and Committees page.

Planning for the Future

Following are some of the planning documents the City has developed in looking at future growth or challenges:

  • 2007 Comprehensive Plan
  • Downtown Revitalization Plan
  • 2010 Transportation Plan
Comprehensive Plan

The comprehensive development plan for Gothenburg has two fundamental purposes.  The first provides an essential legal basis for land use regulation such as zoning and subdivision control. Secondly, a modern comprehensive plan presents a unified and compelling vision for a community, derived from the aspirations of its citizens; and establishes the specific actions necessary to fulfill that vision.  Click here to view the Comprehensive Plan.

Community Redevelopment Authority

The Community Redevelopment Authority is comprised of five members who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.  The CRA has been very active over the years using all economic development tools available to support community growth and community economic vitality.  Members of the CRA are listed on the Boards and Committees page.

Land Use Regulations

The City of Gothenburg has adopted land use regulations to assure orderly use of the various areas of the city.  City code chapters 150 – 153 (Land Usage) regulates building codes, subdivisions, zoning and floodplain management.   Click here to view Land Use Regulations.

Maps, Etc.

There are maps and other information located in the Documents Center.  These include the Zoning Map, One-mile Jurisdiction Map, and many other documents.