Community Development

View of the south side of Merriam City Hall

The Community Development Department works to create a quality environment to live, work, and do business within our city.

Community Development ensures orderly progress through the administration of comprehensive planning, zoning, and subdivision review processes. The department enforces the City's construction codes through a systematic plan review and inspection program. The department is also responsible for the City's codes compliance through a program of systematic and by-complaint inspections of properties in the city. The department also administers the Rental Housing Inspection and Licensing Program. Department staff provides support and assistance to the Planning CommissionBoard of Zoning Appeals, and Board  of Structure Appeals.

Building Code Update

The City of Merriam requires that all contractors have a Contractor’s License through the Johnson County Contractor Licensing Program.

The City of Merriam has adopted the 2018 building code and 2018 fire code. To allow time for builders, contractors, and design professionals to adapt to the new changes, the 2018 building and fire codes went into effect Jan. 1, 2021. Contact us for more information about the 2018 codes and changes from previous requirements.


Floodplain management is about reducing vulnerability to flood risk to our built environment. If we know low lying land will flood from time to time, we should make reasonable decisions to help protect our families, homes, and businesses.

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Solid Waste Screening Requirements

As a property owner/Landlord, you are responsible for maintaining your property and keeping it in compliance with Merriam's codes and ordinances. Solid waste regulations can be found in Chapter 56 of Merriam's Code of Ordinances.

When stored outdoors, solid waste and recycling containers must be placed behind the front of residence or screened from view. Non-compliance could result in citations and fines.

Example one:


 Example two: