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Building Salem's Future
The Department of Community Development is a multidisciplinary team of professionals dedicated to ensuring that the residents of Salem have the kind of future they deserve.
Our office houses the Building Inspections, Engineering, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Planning, and Zoning functions for Salem. It is your one-stop-shop for building permits, plan review, rezoning requests, community outreach planning activities, zoning questions, and more.
Our mission is to protect the life, safety and welfare of our citizens, visitors and businesses by contributing to the preservation of our historic resources and present and future economic viability of the City of Salem.
The City of Salem has adopted several ordinances to promote clean, safe, and attractive neighborhoods.
The Engineering Department is responsible for management of engineering and construction projects throughout the City.
GIS is a division of the City of Salem Community Development Department. The GIS division is responsible for identifying geographic mapping and geospatial analysis needs for the City.
See and download a variety of maps and other documents pertaining to community development.
The Planning and Zoning Division is responsible for all planning efforts within the City of Salem, such as the Downtown Plan and the Comprehensive Plan. The division is also responsible for ensuring public input and participation in the planning process.