Planning and Zoning

The Planning and Zoning division is responsible for the development, maintenance and implementation of the County Comprehensive Plan. Shoreland and Floodplain Regulations, Subdivision Ordinances and Zoning Ordinances. The division also works with the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment to issue conditional use permits, approve development plans and grant variances. The Planning division is also involved with development of Parks and Open Space planning, All hazard mitigation planning and Transportation planning.
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Zoning Permits/Online Permitting System

All zoning permits must be applied for online. Find zoning permit fact sheets in the Permit Information section below.

Please note that Rice County does not handle building or zoning for properties located in Bridgewater Township. Contact Bridgewater Township at 507-645-1656 or via email. You can also visit its website for more information.

For other information and to access Rice County's online permitting system, visit the Online Permitting page.

Permit Information

Setback Information


Shoreland Setbacks
All Other Zoning District Setbacks

Floodplain Information


To learn more about what is being done about floodplains, visit Floodplain Management.