Ogden City has a One-Stop Development Service Center to assist clients in completing the steps in the development process. All development permits for any proposed project in Ogden City can be processed quickly at one central location on the second floor (north end) of the Ogden City Municipal Building.
Customer Service staff can help with applications for construction permits, business licenses, processing of subdivisions and commercial projects, as well as landmarks and historical reviews. Temporary water connections and right of way permits are also issued here. There is an average fifteen-day turnaround for reviews, however a fast-track approval process is available for some projects.
The City's zoning ordinances determine how parcels of land may be used or developed. Owners with properties residing on one of Ogden's historic districts have additional guidelines they must follow. Ogden City has established a Planning Commission to administer the regulations of the zoning ordinances, to allow waivers or modifications to zoning ordinances, and to create and maintain the City's general plan, Involve Ogden.
The Development Review process is in place to protect the safety and health of Ogden citizens by providing code compliant reviews of construction plans as well as inspections of commercial, residential and business properties. Prior to undertaking a project, property owners and developers are encouraged to visit the Development Service Center to obtain pertinent information relating to their proposal, as processes often require Planning Commission and City Council approval.
Redevelopment in Ogden is governed by the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) and is used to encourage private investment in blighted areas of the community or areas with a demonstrated need for economic development. The RDA has the ability (with approval of a committee comprised of representatives of various taxing entities) to use tax increment financing as a form of financial assistance to developers who propose projects that create affordable housing or help the City reach its development goals.