Zoning and Land Use

Advisory Boards and Committees

The advisory boards and committees meet on a regular basis to assist with the orderly development and use of land. The Zoning Administrator provides technical support for each board/commission. 

Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan is an official document adopted by the Washington County Board as a policy guide to decisions about the physical development of the county. The plan sets broad policies to direct future growth and development in the areas of land use, transportation, parks, housing, natural resources, historic resources, and public facilities.

Development Code

Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 394 the Washington County Development Code is intended to preserve and protect natural resources and the environment. The 10 chapters in the Development Code are used to guide development in civil townships or unincorporated parts of the county. Fees are charged for various zoning applications and subdivisions. These fees are set annually by the County Board.

Zoning Maps

Zoning Maps identify the zoning districts for each township in Washington County. They are intended for reference purposes only. Please contact the Zoning Administrator before preparing a land use permit application or a subdivision plat. Adobe Reader is required to view Zoning Maps.

Zoning Permits

Zoning Permits are required according to various regulations in the Washington County Development Code and/or County Ordinance. Specific permit application forms can be printed from this site.

For information on docks and access in public waters, please visit the DNR website.