Community Development

The Department of Community Development is responsible for construction permits, inspections, animal control and the enforcement of City ordinances and codes in relation to building:
  • Construction
  • Design Standards
  • Planning
  • Property Maintenance
  • Signage
  • Zoning
  • Rental Inspections
The department also supervises Floodplain Management and City-related Asbestos Inspections as well as serving as staff for the Planning & Zoning Commission, Board of Appeals, Board of Adjustments and the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority.

Concerned Citizens
Citizens are encouraged to report any suspicion of code violations to our staff by phone at 573-475-3744 or send an email to      

This department also receives and processes all permit requests:
  • Construction (All)
  • Business
  • Occupancy
Building Codes
The City of Sikeston has adopted and enforces the following building codes:
     2012 International Building Code
     2012 International Residential Code
     2012 International Existing Building Code
     2012 International Fuel Gas Code
     2012 International Fire Code


Lorenzo Ware

Lorenzo M. Ware Sr. – Community Development Director
Sikeston High School & Southeast Missouri State University

Missouri Association of Code Enforcement State Board Member, Asbestos Inspector, Zoning Inspector, Property Maintenance & Housing Inspector, Construction Document Technologist, HQS Inspector (American Institute of Certified Planners, Certified Building Official, Commercial Plans Examiner)

Amy Gosnell

Amy Gosnell – Code Enforcement Operations Specialist 
Sikeston High School, Southeast Missouri State University

Permit Technician, Zoning Inspector (Commercial Plans Examiner)

Bruce Copeland

Bruce L. Copeland – Building Inspector
Sikeston High School, Three Rivers College

Asbestos Inspector, Property Maintenance & Housing Inspector, HQS Inspector (Zoning Inspector, Commercial Plans Examiner, Commercial Building Inspector)

Andy Barnes

Robert “Andy” Barnes – Building Inspector
Sikeston High School

Asbestos Inspector, Property Maintenance & Housing Inspector, HQS Inspector (Zoning Inspector, Commercial Plans Examiner, Residential Building Inspector)

Marty Evans

Martin Evans – Property Maintenance
Sikeston High School

HQS Inspector (Property Maintenance & Housing Inspector)


Jamie Williams

Jamie Williams – Animal Control Supervisor/ PAWS Manager
Sikeston High School

Certified Animal Control Officer
Missouri Animal Control Association State Board Member

Daniel Robbins

Daniel Robbins – Animal Control

(Certified Animal Control Officer)