Planning & Zoning - Variance/Appeals

A Variance is a request for a deviation from Sherburne County ordinances. Some examples for types of variances are for lot size and setback requirements. See Section 18, Subdivision 3 PDF of the Zoning Ordinance.

Variances require Notice of a Public Hearing.

What do I need to do to file an application for a hearing?

A completed Application for Variance or Appeal PDF. An application can be picked up from the Zoning Office.

Application instructions

  1. Read over and complete the application PDF and ordinance requirements and contact the Zoning Office if you have any questions.
  2. After the application is completed, contact the township in which your application is being requested and ask to be on the next available meeting agenda. Arrange this as soon as possible as we need township comments back to us before you can be placed on the Planning Commission or Board of Adjustment NOTE:Check with the Zoning Office on variance requests as some townships do not wish to make comment.
  3. If your request is located in the Urban Expansion District you will need to also get a comment from that city.
  4. If the septic system on your property is more than 10 years old, a Septic System Compliance inspection will be required before your application can be considered.
  5. An application is considered complete when the following are submitted:
    • Application form filled out
    • A detailed site plan and written statement explaining the request
    • Fees paid in full
    • Township comments
    • Septic System compliance certificate (if applicable)
    • DNR comments (if property is shoreland)
    • MNDOT comments (if property fronts Hwy 169 or Hwy 10)
    • A "certificate of lot survey" to determine property lines (if applicable)
    • Septic System design (if applicable)
    • City comments (if applicable)
    • Any Additional Zoning Ordinance requirements
  6. Please review your request with a Zoning Office representative to determine if additional information must be submitted with this particular application.
Zoning Admin Contact:

Sherburne County Govt Center
ATTN: Zoning Administration
13880 Business Center Dr NW
Elk River, MN 55330-1692

Office Location & Hours

Phone: 763-765-4450
800-438-0578
Fax: 763-765-4467

zoning@co.sherburne.mn.us