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The Board of Aldermen's regular meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., unless cancelled or otherwise scheduled. Additional meetings are scheduled as deemed necessary and posted by the board. The meeting agendas are listed on the City’s website.
Yes. All city of Branson government meetings are open to the public and must abide by all open meeting laws. Notices are posted on a bulletin board in front of City Hall and on the City's website.
Reports may not be available in all circumstances so you are encouraged to call the records office at 417-337-8517 or 417-337-8536 beforehand. For accident reports, you can get copies online at www.docview.us.
A building permit must be obtained prior to commencing any new construction or alterations to an existing structure. This includes, but not limited to, some of the following projects:
The plan review process and subsequent inspections protect you, your family, friends, and future owners against the potential hazards of unsafe construction. It also protects your investment, as many insurers do not pay claims on construction performed without the benefit of a building permit, the required inspections, and certificate of occupancy. For more information click here.
Contact the Planning and Development Department at 417-337-8549 to visit with a staff representative who will be happy to assist in providing information about Open for Business. Staff will assist in answering questions and determine if an OFB meeting is right for you.
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Contact the Planning and Development Department at 417-337-8549 to speak with a Planner. They will be happy to assist you with questions pertaining to a preliminary site plan, parking, setbacks, and easements.
Yes, with an approved permit.
Your business is allowed a banner, yard or a-frame sign based on the requirements within your zoning district. On-premise temporary signs may be displayed a maximum of 30 days per year. The permitted display duration shall be restarted for an additional 30 days when a business at a specific address changes ownership within a given year.
A business plan is recommended!
You can download a business license application form or you may pick up a form at the Finance Department at City Hall located at 110 W. Maddux Street, Suite 200, Branson, MO 65616. Please submit your application form to the Finance Department.
The plan review process and subsequent inspections protect you, your family, friends, and future owners against the potential hazards of unsafe construction. It also protects your investment, as many insurers do not pay claims on construction performed without the benefit of a building permit, the required inspections, and certificate of occupancy.
Applications for permits are submitted through Citizenserve
Permit Application Process Flowchart
The Residential Permit Process
The Commercial Permit Process
All permit requests need to be made through the city’s Citizenserve Portal (www.citizenserve.com/branson). If you have questions or need any assistance with the process, please contact the Planning & Development Department at (417) 337-8549 during business hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
For any project, cost is always important. Understanding how permits and plan review fees are calculated will be helpful when bidding or estimating the costs for the permit. Our staff will calculate the permit and plan review fees for your project based on the information provided on your application. You can also access our Fees and Guidelines here.
The plan review fee is a non-refundable charge for reviewing plans that are submitted with an Application for Building Permit. The fee is based on the estimated total costs for the construction. The plan review fee is collected at the time an application is submitted.
Yes. All plans, drawings, and documents associated with an application or request need to be submitted electronically through the city’s Citizenserve Portal (www.citizenserve.com/branson). Commercial plans need to be digitally stamped by a Missouri Registered Design Professional architect and/or engineer.
Various plans go through the review process with up to seven departments reviewing your application and plans. As a rule, we expect a residential permit (new construction, additions, and remodels) will receive an initial response letter or approval within five working days or less. Commercial and multi-family (three or more units) will receive an initial response letter or approval within ten working days or less. The potential factors that can create delays are numerous. The most common is failure to submit the required plans for a permit. Obtaining a permit in a timely manner depends heavily on the unique issues of your project, the quality of the submitted plans, and the responsiveness of your representative when a reviewer requests additional information or revisions.
Once your application has completed the plan review process, you and members of your team will receive a notification from the city’s Citizenserve Portal that your permit is ready for final payment and then download. The permit will also include the inspection card which will identify the minimum required inspections for your project. It is not necessary to print off these items, but you may and post them at the jobsite if desired.
For a list of the current codes and amendments adopted by the City of Branson, click here.
The most common activities requiring a permit include, but are not limited to, the construction or installation of a new sign, changing the size or location of an existing sign, upgrading signs from static displays to electronic or digital displays, and adding or changing sign lighting. Any sign permit requests need to be made through the city’s Citizenserve Portal (www.citizenserve.com/branson). If you have questions or need any assistance with the process, please contact the Planning & Development Department at (417) 337-8549 during business hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
General maintenance or upkeep of signs may be completed without a sign permit, provided no modifications are made to the sign or sign structure. Painting a sign structure is a common type of maintenance that can be performed without a permit. However, if the sign must be disassembled, either partially or totally, a permit request will need to be made through the city’s Citizenserve Portal (www.citizenserve.com/branson). If you have questions or need any assistance with the process, please contact the Planning & Development Department at (417) 337-8549 during business hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
No. A sign permit is no longer needed for refacing an existing sign. For any other modifications to an existing sign, a permit request will need to be made through the city’s Citizenserve Portal (www.citizenserve.com/branson). If you have questions or need any assistance with the process, please contact the Planning & Development Department at (417) 337-8549 during business hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
There are many parameters and conditions that are involved in calculating allowed signage, the placement of signs, and the types of signs. Please contact the Planning & Development Department at (417) 337-8549 during business hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
There are many parameters and conditions that are involved in changing an existing on-premise sign to an off-premise sign. Please contact the Planning & Development Department at (417) 337-8549 during business hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Any sign that is placed on public property, such as city and state right-of-ways or easements, or has been attached to a utility pole, road sign, utility equipment cabinets, etc., will be removed by city code enforcement personnel. All approved signs must be properly located on private property only.
All trees that are 6 inches in diameter and measures 4-1/2 feet from the ground are protected in the City of Branson, which means a request must be submitted prior to the removal of a tree. This request must be filed on Citizenserve.
For information on tree pruning and other tree care tips visit the Arbor Day Foundation's website by clicking the link below. Arbor Day Foundation
Landscaping requirements were developed and have evolved over the years because of the many benefits associated with appropriate uses of landscaping within a community. Carefully designed landscaping can preserve the aesthetic character of communities or even improve the aesthetic quality of the built environment. It can also deter erosion, promote native wildlife, allow for infiltration of surface water into groundwater resources and reduce the quantity and improve the quality of storm water discharge. You can access the city's landscaping regulations here.
The Board of Aldermen's regular meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., unless cancelled or otherwise scheduled. Additional meetings are scheduled as deemed necessary and posted by the Board. The meeting agendas are listed on the City’s website.
The regular meetings are held in the council chambers at City Hall, located at 110 W. Maddux Street. Specially scheduled meetings could be held in various other locations and the meeting agendas will state the location.
Yes. All City of Branson government meetings are open to the public and must abide by all open meeting laws. Notices are posted on bulletin boards at City Hall and on the City's website.
Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting
a. Call to Order.
The Mayor will call the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
b. Roll Call.
The City Clerk will call the roll to establish a quorum in order to have an official business meeting.
c. Pledge of Allegiance
The Pledge of Allegiance is led by the Mayor
A staff member will give the invocation.
e. Public Comment
The purpose of Public Comment is to accommodate citizens who have comments regarding City business that the Board of Aldermen has jurisdiction. There is a 5 minute limit for comments.
f. Consent agenda.
Consent Agenda items are routine items that the Board will vote on with one motion. There is no discussion on these items. They may be removed from the Consent Agenda at the request of a citizen or a Board member for further discussion if needed.
g. Regular Agenda.
These items are the regular business items of the Board in the form of an ordinance or resolution. They may include presentations, annexations, codebook updates, zoning changes, bid awards and Board appointments. There is time allotted for public discussion for each item on the Regular Agenda.
Any reports by the Mayor, Board of Aldermen or City Administrator are given at this time.
Certain items by law are required to have a public hearing for public input. Public hearings are always advertised in the paper prior to the meeting. Anyone is allowed to speak at a public hearing and there is no requirement to sign-up prior to the hearing in order to speak.
The Missouri Sunshine Law has specific reasons why a Board can go into Executive Session. When the Board makes the motion to go into Executive Session it must state for what reasons under the Sunshine Law they are going into Executive Session. The only issues that can be discussed in the Executive Session are items that are stated in the motion.
Yes. The regular meetings are live streamed and the recording is available on the city's website.
The City of Branson has all of its codes listed in a Municipal Codebook which is available on the City's Website.
The City of Branson is a Fourth Class City created under Missouri Statutes in 1912. All laws for the City are created by ordinances, which the City codifies into a user-friendly format. An ordinance originates through citizen, Board, or City staff ideas for reasons such as public safety, problem solving, or other concerns. An ordinance starts out as a bill prepared by staff and is placed on the Board’s regular agenda. The bill is available for public viewing on the internet and at City Hall before each meeting. At the meeting, the bill is read by title by the City Clerk, and citizens along with the Board may discuss issues relevant to the bill. A bill becomes an ordinance after it passes by a majority vote of the elected Board on second reading and takes effect once signed into law by the Mayor. The City contracts with a company to codify ordinances into a book that is indexed for easy look-up of the laws. The City’s codebook is available on our website. The Board of Aldermen can also pass resolutions, hold public hearings, and approve appointments to committees and advisory boards.
The City has several boards, commissions & committees that citizens are active on.
• Human Resource Committee
• Finance Committee
• Advisory Park Board
• Planning and Zoning Commission
Limited Not-for Profit Corporations:
• Industrial Development Authority
• Board of Adjustment
• Building Code Board of Appeals
Special Purpose District or Board:
• Branson Housing Authority Board
• Transportation Development District
For more information on the Board or Committee or on how to get involved, please click here.
The City of Branson's website is designed to help answer citizens’ questions. It’s a great resource for answers to many questions. Also available on the website are email addresses of City staff that can assist in answering your questions.
Branson Board of Alderman review water and sewer rates annually, with a study done every 5 years.
Air can become trapped in water distribution lines after repairs have been performed due to line breaks. To remove the air from your service line run the taps in your home for several minutes to see if the white color dissipates. If the problem persists contact the Utilities Department at 417-243-2740.
Several factors can play a role in creating taste and odors in drinking water. Some of the most common are:
For further assistance with, or more information about any of these conditions call the Utilities Department at 417-243-2740.
In 2016 Branson water facilities produced over 1,249,822,000 gallons of potable water. (1.249822 Billion Gallons)
Branson water treatment facilities are manned 24 hours per day 7 days a week. Parameters for process control are continuously monitored at several locations throughout each treatment facility. Frequent scheduled sampling is performed throughout the entire water distribution system to verify that the water produced continuously meets stringent Missouri DNR and Federal EPA public health requirements. Tests which are most critical to public health are performed by a third party laboratory contracted by DNR and EPA. Combined results of water testing throughout the year can be found in the City of Branson Consumer Confidence Water Quality Report or you may call 417-243-2740 for more detailed information about the water in your specific area of the City.
The City of Branson collects sewer from residential and commercial business customers inside the city limits and numerous developments surrounding the City. The wastewater is collected through a gravity sewer line and sewer pump station system. Sewer pump stations are used to pump sewer over the hilly terrain to the wastewater treatment plants. In 2016 over 1,480,000,000 gallons (1.48 Billion Gallons) of wastewater was treated at Branson’s two wastewater plants. As a result of that treatment over 667 tons of solids were captured and removed from the sewer stream before letting the water back into Lake Taneycomo. The treatment system also removed over ? tons of phosphorus from the water before it was put back in the lake. Branson’s state of the art wastewater facilities are capable of removing better than 99% of the waste in the sewer coming onto the facilities.
Every four to five years.