Planning & Zoning
We encourage you to use online submittals as it will help expedite the process. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
If you require written documentation of zoning information, please submit a request for a Zoning Letter. The fee for a Zoning Letter is $40 and payment is required prior to release of the letter.
Depending on the complexity of the request, it can take up to 15 days to complete a Zoning Letter, but most often it's completed within 7-10 days. You are able to make requests for multiple, related / contiguous parcels on the same letter / fee (for example, an apartment complex).
A Sign Permit is required for all exterior wall signs as well as any free-standing sign that is under 6 feet in height and / or 32 square feet in area. (Any free-standing sign that exceeds 6 feet in height and / or 32 square feet in area requires a Building Permit.)
Projects that require a Zoning Permit:
- Fences within an Easement (PDF)
- Accessory Structure (200 square feet or less) (PDF)
- Pools (under 5,000 gallons)
- Decks (under 30" and detached)
- Gazebos / Pergolas
If you are unsure if there is an easement on your property, you're welcome to call or email Kristen Kopp or Sydnee Stroeing, and we will look it up for you.
Note that all fences must meet the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance regardless of whether they are located within an easement. (See Fence Handout.)
The applicant is responsible for locating property irons to ensure that the project meets the minimum setback requirements (distance to property lines). If you are unable to locate the irons, here is a listing of Local Land Surveyors:
Call Before You Dig: Gopher State One Call 1-800-252-1166
Note: Accessory Structures over 200 square feet, Pools over 5,000 gallons, and Decks that are over 30" above grade or attached to the house will all require Building Permits.
These requests will go to the Planning Commission for a public hearing a recommendation to City Council, who makes the final decision.
All of these requests require a pre-application conversation with City staff prior to submitting application.
Please contact Community Development Manager Greg Kruschke: email@example.com, 507-774-7317.
See the 2023 Meeting Calendar (PDF) for Application Deadlines, Planning Commission Meeting dates, and City Council Meeting dates.