Property Development

Department of Development

The City’s Department of Development is the main contact for developers looking to do business with the City. The City is interested to hear from developers of all sizes and is interested to work with you and hear your ideas. Please call Economic Development Specialist, Ross Patten, at 859-292-2144.

The City has a variety of incentives available for developers interested in investing in Covington.

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Brownfield Redevelopment

Covington's involvement in the U.S. EPA Brownfield Program goes back to 1999. The recipient of several brownfield grant awards, Covington has been successful in using these funds to spur economic development projects and leveraging them for other fund sources. Covington is currently a partner in the Licking River Greenway Brownfield Coalition which has federal dollars available in the form of grants and low-interest loans for the purpose of environmental assessment and remediation. Learn more.

Partners with Resources

Property Maintenance

Building & Zoning

If you are making improvements or additions to your property, it is important that before you begin construction you obtain the appropriate building and zoning permits. Contact Planning and Development Services of Kenton County for more information on what permits you may be required to obtain, or call our Zoning Specialist at 859-292-2135 who is happy to help you.

When making improvements to your property or the outside of your business, a zoning permit may be required. Improvements such as fences, signs, or any additions or extensions to your building require a permit to ensure that your project is being done in accordance with local zoning regulations. Visit our zoning page to learn more.

Fire Safety

The Covington Fire Department conducts annual fire safety inspections in all businesses in the City throughout the year. The purpose of this inspection is to keep your employees and your building safe from fire risk. If you have a question regarding your business inspection, please call 859-292-2344 or email

Does your business need Fire Extinguisher training? Please contact Covington Fire Company 1 at 859-431-0462 to set up a session.