Land Use


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The Land Use Division is responsible for the administration and enforcement of land use regulations for county administered areas.

To find zoning information, click Maps on the left side of the page and you will be directed to the County Land Explorer.

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It is important to read the questions carefully! The fee for your project is calculated by the information provided in your online submittal form. Unless you have multiple projects you are proposing, please check only the boxes that pertain to your project. If you are unsure, please don’t hesitate to call our office to discuss your project; we would be happy to walk you through the process. 218-749-7103 or 218-725-5000. Alternately, you may email us at

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2021 Permit Fees

Fact Sheets

Administration of Zoning Township/City

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all public hearings and meetings for the following will be conducted virtually by telephone or other electronic means until further notice:

• Planning Commission
• Board of Adjustment
• Land use
• On-site wastewater
• Community development 

All meetings of the St. Louis County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment are closed to public attendance until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the declared emergency. Meetings will now be held in a virtual format. All meetings will be live streamed via WebEx, giving the public the opportunity to watch and listen, and even speak.

Citizens can submit public comments relating to the public hearing using one of the following three methods:
  • Preferred method: Email your comments to Jenny Bourbonais, St. Louis County Land Use Planning Manager, at
  • Mail your comments to one of the St. Louis County Government Services address (located in Duluth or Virginia).
  • The public will also have the opportunity to raise your “virtual hand” while utilizing the WebEx software during the public hearing. To learn more about WebEx, please visit

For further information on the upcoming April 2021 hearings, please click here.