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An Administrative Subdivision is an approval process that allows for the splitting of land.
Agriculture, the dairy industry in particular, is very important to Stearns County's economy. Check out various resources for Stearns County farms.
Building & Moving
A Construction Site Permit (commonly referred to as a building permit) is required on properties located outside of city limits if you are building, moving, adding onto, or altering a structure.
Stearns County’s Comprehensive Plan establishes a policy framework for land use changes, public investments, infrastructure improvements, and intergovernmental cooperation.
The Conditional Use and Interim Use permit process allows property owners to apply for certain land uses which, while not automatically allowed in a particular zoning district, may under some circumstances be allowed if conditions are attached to the approval.
A feedlot is an open lot or building intended for feeding, breeding, raising or holding animals, where manure may accumulate and no vegetative cover can be maintained. View feedlot information and requirements.
Mining (Gravel) Operations
Stearns County, along with many Townships, regulate mining operations within the County.
Browse all Stearns County ordinances, including those for planning and zoning, water and sewer, and environmental services fees.
Platting is an approval process that allows for the splitting or subdividing of land. When a subdivision does not qualify for an Administrative Subdivision, platting is required.
Right of Way
There are three types of permits for working within county right-of-way: Property Owner Construction, Drainage/Tiling, and Utility.
Includes Access & Driveway permit on County Highway, Access to State Highway, and Access to Township Roads.
Stearns County has been involved with sewage treatment practices since 1972 when the local implementation of the State Rules began.
Solar Energy Systems
Stearns County regulates solar energy systems within the County; both accessory systems and solar farms.
Variances are a means for departing from the strict enforcement of an ordinance as applied to a specific property.
Take a look at some water resources.
Land use patterns, development and competing land uses affect the relationships between neighbors and land owners in Stearns County. Zoning districts regulate the uses of the land and the placement of structures.