Public Works

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The Public Works Department is responsible to repair and maintain; make sure businesses and citizens honor the codes; we cut back growth, clear unsightly weeds and plow the snow in the unincorporated areas in which the County has possession and control. We take care of your county government buildings, and plan for future growth.

Major responsibilities include project engineering and construction administration, building maintenance and repair, road and bridge repair, snow removal, planning, building permits, code enforcement, animal control, nuisance abatement, storm water and environmental services including food inspection and sanitary sewer operation. For a list of services see below: 


Development Codes & Manuals

This is the place to be if you need information regarding a wide variety of county issues. We have provided convenient links for you to find the materials you need, just as if you came to the Public Works Offices to pick them up.

Zoning & Subdivisions

Jackson County Public Works is responsible for all types of permits, code enforcement and applications. For your convenience, we have published a complete list of links to the various brochures, applications and permits that you may need.

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Land Use Plan

Planning gives residents, business owners and community leaders a means to create a shared image of the community they hope to enjoy in the future.

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Facilities Management

Facilities Management is responsible for maintaining Jackson County's buildings. This includes providing a secure physical environment for Jackson County employees and visitors, and maintaining the HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. Facilities Management also manages projects for many of the budgeted capital improvement projects that are undertaken every year.

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Road and Right of Way Maintenance

Jackson County Public Works maintains more than 425 miles of road in the unincorporated area of the County. That's just a few miles less than the distance from Jackson County to St. Louis and back. And every year, we evaluate each one of these county roads and give it a score to determine its condition. These scores and available funds are then used to determine the annual road maintenance program that takes place from approximately May to October.

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Snow Operations

The Jackson County Department of Public Works, Road and Bridge Division is responsible for maintaining the roadways within unincorporated Jackson County, Missouri. As part of its mission, the Department conducts snow and ice control operations to reduce hazardous driving conditions during snow and ice events.

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Stormwater Management

Jackson County works to manage stormwater in conjunction with land use change in order to protect water quality and the reduce impact of stormwater on local water resources. The Stormwater Management Program (SWMP), works to control pollutants in stormwater discharge by unifying programs such as training, planning, maintenance, construction and facilities management with a common focus on water quality issues. Jackson County complies with the Clean Water Act requirements administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources while reducing pollutants from our region’s storm sewer system.

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Yard Waste Collection

The Yard Waste Collection Center is open each Saturday April through Saturday, November 26, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Board of Adjustment

Board of Zoning Adjustment hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error of law in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the County zoning regulations; to authorize in specific cases a variance from the specific terms of zoning regulations.

Plan Commission

The Plan Commission works to provide for the preparation, adoption, amendment, extension or carrying out of a County plan.