About Planning & Development

Planning and Community Development Department provides a wide variety of planning services throughout St. Louis County. The three main service areas are as follows:
Land Use
The Land Use division is responsible for the administration and enforcement of land use regulations. This includes the comprehensive plan, zoning, land use permits, and the subdivision of property. The county has land use authority outside of all municipal boundaries except in five townships that have land use authority.
Community Development
Community Development administers state and federal community development and housing programs primarily outside the city of Duluth. This division also administers St. Louis County Housing and Redevelopment programs and works with communities in addressing blighted tax forfeited properties. In addition, it administers the state funded Aquatic Invasive Species Program. 
Enterprise GIS
The Enterprise GIS division facilitates and coordinates the enterprise planning, development, utilization, and integration of Geographic Information System (GIS) for the entire county.