Planning & Zoning
400 Benson Ave SW
Willmar, MN 56201
Phone: (320) 231-6229
Eric Van Dyken, Zoning Administrator
Phone: (320) 231-6229 Ext. 5257
Krista Krupa, Environmental Specialist
Phone: (320) 231-6229 Ext. 5258
All documents and permits must be completed and may be returned in person, via postal mail, e-mail, fax, or place in the drop-box located on the curb at the East parking lot entrance.
Planning & Zoning Responsibilities
Land Use permit requirements in Kandiyohi County are governed by Kandiyohi County Ordinances, which are available on our website or by clicking here.
Refer to the County Ordinances for further information on requirements and regulations. Contact our office with any questions or comments.
Note that the questions and answers in the Frequently Asked Questions section are intended to assist our customers in answering frequent questions about permit requirements in Kandiyohi County. These questions are a guide and only a summary and are not intended as a legal authority on specific permit requirements.
When is a permit needed?
A permit is required to erect, alter, or move any structure built or moved onto a property in Kandiyohi County.
How much does a permit cost?
Land Use Permit fees are adopted by the County Board of Commissioners, click to see the Fee Schedule.
Building Permit fees are calculated by cost tables adopted by the County Board of Commissioners and project cost.
How do I know what Zoning District I am in?
The Kandiyohi County website has a GIS map and the zoning districts are a layer that can be turned on to determine what zone your property is located in. Zoning Maps by township are also available on the county website.
How can I obtain information about my septic system?
Kandiyohi County Environmental Services has records back to 1972 on most properties. Please provide the tax parcel number, address and the legal description.
Do I need a permit to re-shingle or re-side my house?
No. A permit is not required for maintenance items such as re-shingling or re-siding. No permit is required for installing gas water heaters, fireplaces and furnaces.
What needs to be included with my permit applicaiton?
Depending on the type of land use permit, the information required varies. Please contact our office at (320) 231-6229 to determine what needs to be included with your permit.
How long does it take for a permit to be issued?
Issuing a land use permit is generally done within 5 business days after a complete application has been submitted. Permit review times vary, depending on the time of year and whether all the required information is submitted with the application. Summer months are generally busier which results in longer permit issuance times.
How long is my Land Use Permit good for?
Construction must start within one-year of the permit issuance date. If at any point the project is abandoned for a period of one-year, the permit shall be void.
What are the required setbacks?
Setbacks differ depending on the zoning of each parcel and the type of road, lake or water body that the property fronts on. Because there are so many variables, we advise our residents to contact the Planning and Zoning office to determine the required setbacks that pertain to a particular property.
Setbacks can also be found in the Zoning Ordinance available on our website.
Where do I get information relating to my well?
Water wells are permitted through the Minnesota Department of Health Well Management Unit. Information can be found on their website.
Does your office offer site visits?
Yes, staff will do a site visit during business hours. Please call our office at (320) 231-6229 to schedule a time.
I am subdivided my property, do I need a survey?
Kandiyohi County requires a certificate of survey by a registered land surveyor for any subdivision of land less than a full government lot or a full quarter-quarter section.
Is my lot buildable?
There are many requirements that need to be met in order for a lot to be buildable. Depth to water table for the low floor elevation, setback requirements, septic system regulations and well placement are just a few of the items that need to be verified. Environmental considerations that also need to be reviewed include; wetland, shoreland and floodplain regulations.
The County cannot tell prospective or current owners of a property if a lot is buildable. It is up to the owner to complete their due diligence to determine if all requirements can be met.
Do I need access approval?
Access approval is required for access from State, County and Township roads. For specific requirements: State Highways, contact MN DOT at (320) 214-3776, for County Roads, contact the County Highway Department at (320) 235-3266 and for Township Roads, please contact the Township Clerk for that township.
How do I get a 911 property address?
911 addresses are assigned to properties when a land use or building permit is approved. If you have any questions regarding the 911 address system, please contact the office at (320) 231-6229