Planning & Zoning


In an effort to take proactive measures to protect the health and safety of the Rice County Environmental Services Department, our Building Inspections and Zoning Division Office is closed to the public. You can obtain information regarding and are able to submit many residential building and/or zoning permits using the links below. Please contact our office at 507-332-6113 if you have any questions.

The Planning and Zoning division is responsible for the development, maintenance and implementation of the County Comprehensive Plan. Shoreland and Floodplain Regulations, Subdivision Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance. The division also works with the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment to issue conditional use permits, approve development plans and grant variances. The Planning division is also involved with development of Parks and Open Space planning, All Hazard Mitigation planning and Transportation planning.

​Zoning Permits/Online Permitting System

All zoning permits must be applied for online. Find zoning permit fact sheets in the Permit Information section below. Please note that the county does not handle building or zoning issues for properties located in Bridgewater Township. Contact Jim Braun at 763-389-3487 for more information.

For other information and to access our online permitting system, please go to our Online Permitting page.

Permit Information

Setback Information

Shoreland Setbacks
All Other Zoning District Setbacks

Floodplain Information

To learn more about what is being done about floodplains, read our Floodplain Management page.