Planning & Zoning

The Planning and Zoning Office administers and enforces zoning, land use, and subdivision regulations for unincorporated areas of the county, and includes the Environmental Health, Building Inspection, and Feedlot Divisions. The department provides staff support to the County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment. Other areas of responsibility include solid waste management, water quality testing, on-site sewage treatment regulation, construction plan review and site inspection, complaint investigations, and a number of related issues.

Planning & Zoning Operations - COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Wright County Planning and Zoning Office is currently closed to the public. In response to the Wright County Board of Commissioners state of emergency declaration, please see the following guidelines for interacting with the Planning and Zoning Department:

Building & Septic Permit Applications – We are still accepting permit applications for construction projects within our jurisdiction. If you would like to apply for a permit, see the following:

Dwellings, additions, storage buildings, etc. - Temporary Permit Application

Roofing, siding, windows, mechanical, plumbingMaintenance Application

Septic systems - Septic Permit Application

Once the application has been filled out and signed, it can be either mailed, placed in the box outside the counter at the Planning and Zoning Office, or put in the drop-box on the exterior of the main entrance to the Government Center. The drop-box size is limited, so applications with large plans will need to be either mailed or placed in the box at the Planning and Zoning counter.

Building Inspections – Building inspections are still being conducted, however, any inspections that involve entering a dwelling that is currently being lived in will not be done. All inspections that are to occur outside of the dwelling, for new dwellings, or buildings that are not being lived in are still being scheduled and completed as normal. Please contact the building department at 763-682-7338 if you have any questions.

Planning and Zoning Inquiries and Staffing – Most staff are currently working from home. Although you can leave a message on their voicemail, we are encouraging the use of email as a first point of contact. A list of staff email address can be found on the staff directory.

Compost and Recycling – The Wright County Compost and Recycling Facility is currently closed to the public.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this situation has created and are working our best to still service the public and yet maintain the integrity of the guidance that we have been given.