Welcome to the Planning Department

The Planning Department advises the Mayor, Planning Commission, and the County Council on planning and land use matters for the County of Kauai. The Department is also responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances, as well as the County's planning program, which includes long-range and regulatory policy documents like the General Plan and Comprehensive Zoning Ordinances.


Monday, November 23, 2015
Transit Feasibility Study


The Kaua'i Transit Feasibility Study is underway!  This project will explore how the use of new local shuttles on the North Shore, South Shore, and East Side can help mitigate congestion and improve accessibility for residents and visitors.  Visit the project website here:  Kauai Shuttle Study



Monday, November 2, 2015
NEW Community Place- Type and Visioning Workshops for General Plan Update


Do you care about the form and character of a place today and how they may change in the future?   Come join us this week for presentations that focus on the communities of Waimea- Kekaha, Hanapēpē-‘Ele‘ele, and North Shore!  

Waimea-Kekaha Closing Presentation

Wednesday, November 4th

Noon to 1:30 PM at the Waimea Courthouse

 Hanapēpē-Eleele Closing Presentation

Wednesday, November 4th

5:30 – 7 PM at the Hanapēpē Library

 North Shore Closing Presentation

Friday, November 6th

5:00 – 6:30 PM at the Church of the Pacific, Princeville

For more information check out our website: plankauai.com

*All tours are booked. 


Monday, June 29, 2015
NEW Zoning Permit Form Available

An updated zoning permit application form is now available online. Click here to download the form.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
NEW Shoreline Setback Application available online

NEW Shoreline setback applications are available in hard copy at the Planning Department or can be accessed online in the "Resource Documents" folder under the "Zoning and Land Use Permits" tab located on the top-left hand corner of this website.

Monday, February 9, 2015
NEW Shoreline Setback Ordinance Effective December 5, 2014

Effective December 5, 2014, the Department will enforce the new shoreline setback ordinance.  Click here to read the new shoreline setback ordinance.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Rice Street Week Starts November 17

The Planning Department, in partnership with the Department of Public Works, is developing concept plans for the future of Rice Street.  These plans will be shared with the public through a series of events during Rice Street Week.  Your input is welcomed as we plan for the future of Rice Street!  Click here for more information on Rice Street Week.

Friday, October 3, 2014
Attention TVR Owners: NEW Renewal Fees Take Effect Sept. 30,2014


Pursuant to Ordinance 974, the TVR-NCU Renewal fee will be set at $750.00.  Please check out the 2014 TVR-NCU renewal form found online on our Transient Vacation Rental Homepage which reflects the new fee increases.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
East Kauai Community Plan 2035 Public Outreach Events This Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Kauai County Planning Department encourages the East Kauai Community to attend the following community outreach events to provide input on policy objectives and goals that have been developed through community visioning workshops.  The input will be used to develop an implementation plan. The highlights of the plan include: recommended locations for infill development, future growth areas for new housing, and recommendations for capital projects.

Please come and join us!


When: Saturday, October 4th, 2014

9:00am - Noon @ Kapaa Middle School Cafeteria - Ranking Excercise

12:30pm- 4:00pm @ Coconut Festival, Kapaa Beach Park - Public Outreach

4:30pm- 7:00pm @ Kapaa Art Night, Bank of Hawaii-Public Outreach


 For more information, please call 241-4050.  If you need an ASL interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, please contact the Planning Department at the phone number listed above.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Attention TVR Owners: NEW Administrative Rules to Take Effect in 2014

Effective April 25, 2014, the Department will enforce new interpretative administrative zoning rules and regulations to be applied to Transient Vacation Rentals.   The 2014 TVR-NCUC Renewal Application Form, which is available on the TVR homepage, incorporates the requirements outlined in the administrative rules. 

Friday, June 28, 2013
Digital Intake Policy for Planning Determination Requests

Beginning July 15, 2013, the Department will no longer intake and process any written inquiries requesting a Director for Departmental Determination on potential and existing permit or zoing requirements without the required new form, "Determination Request Form", now available in "Quick Links" or in "Planning Resource Documents".

Read the new policy here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Attention: New 2014 NCU Renewal Form Available Online

TVR-NCU permit holders must fill out this new 2014 TVR-NCU Renewal Application form, now available online on the Transient Vacation Rental page.  

This 2014 TVR-NCU Renewal Application has been updated and revised with the new requirements set forth in the Interpretative Administration Rules enacted on April 25, 2014.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
New Special Management Area Rules are online

The new Special Management Area Rules are available. These rules regulate shoreline activities in accordance with HRS 205A and are effective November 5, 2011.

Contact Information

photo of Michael Dahilig 
Michael A. Dahilig
Planning Director

photo of Kaaina Hull
Kaʻaina S. Hull

Deputy Planning Director

Kauai County Planning Department
4444 Rice Street., Ste A473
Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Phone: (808) 241-4050
Fax: (808) 241-6699

Front Counter Hours: 
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(Monday through Friday,
except for Holidays)

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