Environmental Services

The mission of the Rice County Environmental Service Department is to proactively address the needs of the community by providing solution-oriented services and standards that facilitate development and growth of the local economy; reduce and manage waste; and protect, and enhance the quality of life and environment for current and future generations.

We continue to strongly encourage residents and property owners with inquires to either email, call or make an appointment. This allows us to provide the most efficient customer service by having the appropriate staff person available to effectively answer your questions. It is helpful to include the parcel ID or address along with your inquiry.

All permitting is conducted with or online permitting system. If you need assistance please call 507-332-6113 or email rcplanningzoning@co.rice.mn.us. 

Online Permitting System

Visit the Online Permitting page for more information and to apply for building and zoning permits.

Comprehensive Plan


Rice County is in the process of updating the Rice County Comprehensive Plan and values your input on how the county should develop over the next 20 years. Please see the Comprehensive Plan page for more information.


Noxious Weed Notice