Planning & Zoning

The Zoning Administration Department administers land use and zoning regulations for the majority of unincorporated areas in the township areas of Sherburne County to ensure that new growth and development is compatible with existing development patterns, while protecting the natural environment and the quality of life in the community.

APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR SHERBURNE COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT: Sherburne County is currently taking applications for volunteers to serve on the Sherburne County Board of Adjustment.  This Board meets one time a month on the second Thursday at 6:00 PM at the Sherburne County Government Center in Elk River, MN and is paid a per diem plus mileage.  This Board reviews variance requests and appeals in the unincorporated areas of the County.  The application deadline is February 6, 2023.  Appointments will be made by the Sherburne County Board of Commissioners.  If you have an interest in serving, please contact the Sherburne County Zoning Department at (763) 765-4450 or 1-800-438-0578 for an application or on-line at 



As of 6/20/2022 Sherburne County Planning & Zoning Department is no longer the Zoning Authority for Baldwin Township.  If you are a Baldwin Township resident, please reach out to Baldwin Township for any Zoning, Building, Septic, and Shoreland questions.

Baldwin Township: 763-389-8931                  

Building Permits

Applications for new homes, additions, basement finishes, decks, pole buildings, garages, pools, etc., will take at least 10 working days to process.  We will call you as soon as the permit is ready to pick up.  

Information on building and septic permits in Sherburne County.


The county works to protect our lakes, rivers and wetlands.

Planning & Zoning

Responsible for planning the physical growth and development of the county.

Sherburne County is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Land Use Plan.  

The Comprehensive Land Use Plan is a community-driven document that sets a clear vision for how the County will grow over the next 20 years.  It was updated in 2011.  We anticipate this update will be completed in the summer of 2023.  For additional information on Sherburne County and our Comprehensive Land Use Plan update, please visit the Project's Website Updating Comprehensive Land Use Plan             

Solid Waste

Management of all household, industrial and commercial wastes.

Septic Systems

Sherburne County enforces Minnesota rules regarding the installation and compliance of Sub-Surface Sewage Treatment Systems.