Planning & Zoning

Zoning Administrator: Laine Sletta
Assistant Zoning Administrator: Robert Santaella

Brown County Online Permitting (PDF) - Permitting Application Website (Link)

Notice: Burn Permits are no longer required in Brown County, Residents will still need to contact the Sheriff's Office and the Fire Chief (Link)


T UNebraska Lincoln Life Cycle of the Emerald Ash BorerThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has confirmed emerald ash borer (EAB) in Brown County in southern Minnesota. This is the 21st county in the state with EAB. Because this is the first time EAB has been identified in Brown County, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture will be enacting the emergency quarantine to limit the movement of firewood and ash material out of the county. This will reduce the risk of further spreading the tree-killing insect.

Emerald Ash Borer Open House - Informational Session on Local Options to Limit Spread of the Beetles

October 8th, 6:00 pm to 8pm at the Brown County Law Enforcement Center, 15 S Washington St, New Ulm, MN

Comments can be made at the open house or by contacting:

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625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155


The Planning and Zoning Department coordinates the overall administration of the Brown County Comprehensive Plan through the County Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations in the unincorporated areas of the county. This office issues building permits and provides inspections and permits for the on-site septic system program. It also enforces the Wetland Conservation Act and provides oversight of ag and weed inspection issues. Zoning staff work with all conditional use permit applications, variance applications, other related zoning issues. The department also has oversight of feedlot applications and enforcement of the State Feedlot Rules.

The department works with the county Planning Commission which makes recommendations to the County Board of Commissioners in regard to conditional use permits, subdivision plats, Zoning Ordinance amendments and other issues as needed. Staff works with the Board of Adjustment in regard to variance applications.

Open Burn Ordinance (PDF)

Planning and Zoning Documents

Contact Planning & Zoning

Located on the 2nd floor of the Brown County Courthouse

14 S State St,
New Ulm, MN 56073

Telephone: (507) 233-6640
Fax: (507) 233-6643

Laine Sletta - Zoning Administrator, Solid Waste Officer

Robert Santaella - Asst. Zoning Administrator, Septic, Feedlot Officer

Andy Meyer - Wetlands, Water Planning, Recyling Administrator

Shawn Stoermann - Emergency Manager

Amanda Lang - Feedlot Technician

Patty Zupfer - Planning & Zoning Clerk



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Office Hours: 8am to 4:30pm (most offices)

Main Office Phone: 507-233-6600

Courthouse Address:
14 S State St
New Ulm, MN 56073

Individual Office Hours may vary.


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