Planning & Zoning



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NOTICE: The Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment meetings are available to members of the public via Zoom. Members of the public who are interested in joining should contact the Planning and Zoning Office at 507-233-6640 or by sending an email to

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.