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.


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.

A 20 Year Land Use Plan for Sherburne County

Sherburne County is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Land Use Plan and we want to hear from you! 

Sherburne County Planning and Zoning is excited to share the draft Plan before it goes to the Planning Advisory Board on September 21, 2023.  At that time, the Planning Advisory Board will hold a public hearing and make a recommendation for adoption.  The County Board will take that recommendation into consideration on October 17, 2023 for Plan adoption.  Review the Plan at  Written comments on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan may be sent to and will be accepted up until 4:30 PM September 21, 2023.            

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.