Development Department
Building Inspection, Commercial & Land Development
Responsible for Regulations, Standards, and Specifications for the Subdivision, Conveyance, Development, and Improvement of Unincorporated Land in the County.
The purpose and intent of our Planning ordinance is to set forth certain procedures, requirements, minimum standards, specifications, compliance with State and Federal Regulations, and acceptable criteria for the development of all unincorporated land in Benton County, Arkansas.

Land Development:

The concept of development or land development shall include but not be limited to:
  • Subdivisions
  • Informal Plats
  • Tract and Lot Splits
  • Commercial Developments
  • Master Development Plans
  • Planned Unit Developments
  • All other types of Commercial & Private Development
The Planning Office also oversees the National Flood Insurance Program for the county, which requires that all development in designated floodplains comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency mandates and Benton County's Floodplain Ordinance. FEMA Websites: FEMA Home     Flood Maps, Insurance & Information

USGS's Website: Real-Time Water Data for Arkansas

Bentonville Library's Website: Community Links
On-going flood managment efforts include:

  • Working with realtors, landowners and developers in addressing flood issues/problems
  • Requiring/reviewing all proposed development permits affecting a FEMA designated floodplain
  • Insuring compliance with the County's Floodplain Ordinance
  • Providing and managing the required map repository,
  • Can be of assistance with FEMA approved flood map revisions including LOMA, CLOMA, LOMR and CLOMR
  • Many other related issues.
  • Flood Protection Brochure