Office Of Planning

Welcome to the Office of Planning.  The mission of our office is to accomplish the highest quality of life for the citizens of Hernando by striving for constant improvement of the built environment and the conservation of natural and historic resources through growth management and sound sustainability practices.

The Office of Planning provides professional support to the Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Urban Forest Advisory Board, and the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.  In addition to planning, our office administers the building code and building inspections as well as enforces the City’s Zoning Ordinance through active code enforcement.

For building permits click here.

Planning Staff:

Boards and Commissions:

- Planning Commission
- Historic Preservation Commission
- Urban Forestry Advisory Board


- City of Hernando Zoning Ordinance
- Subdivsion Regulations
- Design Standards
- Grading Ordinance
- Urban Forestry Ordinance
- Telecommunications Ordinance
- City of Hernando General Development Plan 2007 – 2027 (2)

City Maps:

- Zoning Map
- Historic Districts

May 6-11, 2014 – Building Safety Month

City of Hernando Participates in Building Safety Month

A Celebration of Building Safety: Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks

To help raise awareness of building safety, the City of Hernando proudly celebrates Building Safety Month during May. Building Safety Month is a public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable and energy-efficient homes and buildings.

“When our building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings and review construction plans to ensure code compliance they help to ensure the places where you live, learn, work, worship and play are safe,” said City of Hernando Building Official D.W. Gilbert. “We work closely with homebuilders, contractors, plumbers, roofers and other construction industry trades to provide maximum public safety.”

Each year, presidential, gubernatorial and municipal proclamations are approved to bring attention to Building Safety Month. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant proclaimed the month of May 2014 as “Building Safety Month.” This year’s theme is Building Safety: Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks. Weekly themes displayed on the City of Hernando’s Website during Building Safety Month are: May 5-11, Code Officials: Keeping Fire in Its Place; May 12-18, Code Officials: Helping Homeowners Weather the Storm; May 19-25, Code Officials: Surround Your Building with Safety; and May 26-31, Code Officials: Building a Brighter, More Efficient Tomorrow.

Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. Regardless of the department code officials work in—building, fire, planning or elsewhere—they work hard every day to provide public safety by ensuring buildings are constructed safely. Because resilient structures minimize the risk of property damage, property owners may pay lower insurance costs and millions of taxpayer dollars can be saved when rebuilding from natural disasters.

Based on building science, technical knowledge and past experiences, model building codes provide protection from man-made and natural disasters, guarding public health and reducing property losses. The codes address all aspects of construction, from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency.



D.W. Gilbert

Building Official – City of Hernando

475 West Commerce St.

Hernando, MS 38632

901-282-8588 Cell

662-429-9092 Office