Building permits

To obtain a building permit, contact the city or township in which the property is located. 

Septic systems

For septic system permits, contact the Department of Public Health & Environment.

Types of permit applications

  1. Access Permit

An Access Permit (PDF) is required for any new driveway, field entrance, street or commercial access on a Washington County road or for a change in use of an existing access. 

Permit Application shall be submitted 30 days prior to start of work - additional time may be required if plan revisions are needed.

Access Permit Fees
Agricultural Field Access$150
Residential Driveway$150
Commercial Access$500
Street Access$500

In addition to the applicable fee, a refundable deposit is required, based on the scope of work.


  • A culvert pipe is generally required unless curb is present.
  • The permit holder is required to provide a pipe that meets County standards.

Plan Submission

  • Access Permit Application (PDF) 
  • Right of Way Occupancy Registration Form (PDF) (with Certificate of Liability - Acord 25 Form) from the Contractor performing the work
  • When applying for an Access Permit, please include a drawing of the site.
  • For a simple driveway, a line drawing is sufficient
  • For a commercial access, the County will need to review the plans for the development and may require a traffic study
  • Generally, if access is available from a local street, the County will NOT permit direct access to the County Road
  1. Events
  1. Right of Way Permit
  1. Transportation Permit - Oversized Vehicles
  1. Regional Rail Access
  1. Regional Rail Right of Way
  1. Weed Control/No Mowing Agreement
  1. Gopher State One Call