Planning and Zoning staff are available to help you through the permit process, to save you time, money and effort! Contact us early and often when planning your project.

Planning and Zoning staff issue several types of permits. The City of Homer does not have a building inspection program and does not issue building permits. Click here for more information. However, Zoning permits are required prior to clearing, developing property, and new construction, including additions. Small accessory buildings such as tool sheds and greenhouses, under 200 square feet, detached from a main building, may be exempt from permitting but must still meet setback requirements. Still not sure if you need a permit? Give us a call or check out our brochure.

Stream-lined Residential permits include:

Wetlands:  Filling and building in wetlands requires a ACOE permit:


Before you built in the flood zone, you’ll need a Flood Development Permit.  The flood maps are available online, or stop by the Planning Office where staff can help determine if your proposed development is in the floodplain. 

Commercial and larger residential projects require the above, and may also require:

Zoning Permit: will only be issued when all other permits have been acquired and submitted to the Planning Office. If everything is in order, permits are typically issued within 5-10 working days.

Conditional Use Permit:  If your project requires a Conditional Use Permit or other approvals that require a public hearing before the Planning Commission, generally add at least two months to the timeline. Planning staff can discuss your specific project and timeline with you.

ACOE, Army Corps of Engineers, Kenai Office (907) 753-2689. Here’s the link to the:

Homer Public Works for driveway, water and sewer permits 235-3170

State of Alaska DOT, driveway permits along state roads epermit system, or call 1-800-770-5263

Alaska State Fire Marshal Phone: (907) 269-5604

Other Service Providers. This list is provided for your convenience; the City of Homer does not verify the qualifications of these businesses. * denotes a local business in the Homer area. Other firms listed are located in the Kenai and Soldotna area.

*Ability Surveys, Gary Nelson      235-8440   surveying

*Seth Andersen, P.E.                     907-441-5772 Structural, Civil & DAP and SWP

*Alaska Infrared, Bill Walker        235-6838, 399-7707 Infrared inspections of roofs, walls for air and water leaks. Radon testing.

*Andress, Gus, PE                       226-2476   BioCycle and septic design, DAP and SWP plans

*Patrick Church                           235-7388  Surveying, as-builts
*Seabright  Surveying                235-4247  Survey, engineering, DAP, SWP project permitting
*Mullikin Surveys                        235-8975  Surveying
McLane Consultants                   283-4218  Survey, engineering, DAP, SWP
Nelson and Associates               283-3583  Survey, engineering, DAP, SWP project permitting
Taurianen Engineering               262-4624  Engineering, DAP, SWP, drafting
*Coble Geophysical                    235-1066  Geophysical research and consulting (ground water studies, erosion, etc)
*USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 238-8177 Soil and natural resource consultants
*Dutch Boy Landscaping            235-7140  Landscaping
*Garden by Design                      235-1900  Landscaping and design
*Ground Control                          235-1521  Hydroseeding and landscaping

Private Building Inspectors and Energy Raters
*Ted Veal                                     235-7461 Energy Rater
*Bill Steyer                                   399-1078 Energy Rater, Residential and Commercial
*Franco Venuti                            235-7480 Residential & Commercial Building Inspector
Wisdom and Associates             235-6045 Residential & Commercial Building Inspector,Energy Rater
*Peninsula Home Inspections  756-1979 Residential Inspector