Obtaining a Zoning
Certificate (Building Permit) /
Land Alteration Permit
building permit is required from the County Planning & Zoning
office for the construction of any buildings or building additions
the rural portions or villages of the county.
Building permits for the 11 incorporated cities within Clay County can
be obtained from those city officials.
are also required for moving in any:
forms are available at the Planning & Zoning office on the third floor
of the courthouse, or can also be mailed or faxed to applicants. See
the Planning & Zoning Fee Schedule for
needed to complete the application includes:
use of the property
management data (if site is within 1,000 feet of a lake or within
300 feet of a river or stream)
information regarding construction
sketch plan of the site
an applicant (or authorized agent) completes the application, he/she
needs to present it to one of their township officers for their
signature. A list of the current township officers is available
on-line or at the
Planning & Zoning Office.
completed application, appropriately signed by the township officer(s),
comes back to the Planning & Zoning Director for final action, and
is processed within ten (10) days. Following approval, a Zoning
Certificate is mailed to the applicant, to be posted in a conspicuous
place on or near the construction site.
Construction must begin within
six (6) months from the date of issuance, and be substantially
completed within one (1) year, or the permit expires and further work
cannot proceed until a new permit has been obtained.
on-site sewage treatment systems shall be inspected and
certified if a building permit applicant is located in the Shoreland
Zoning District (within 1,000 feet of a lake or 300 feet of a river or
stream) or if the applicant is
constructing or adding an addition which includes a bedroom(s).
Septic System Certifications are processed through the
Environmental Health Department located in the Family Service Center,
715 11th Street North, Moorhead, Minnesota.
building near a well, a horizontal separation distance of three (3)
feet must be maintained between the farthest exterior projection of a
building and a well. The Minnesota Well Code is not
administered at the County level; however, the Planning & Zoning
office can provide a list of licensed well drillers in the area, or an
applicant may contact the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) at 1.800.383.9808
or visit the Clay County Environmental
Health web page. Information
can also be found in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter
that are not in use, not properly sealed, and which do not have a
maintenance permit, must be properly sealed by a licensed well
contractor. The Clay County Abandoned Well Program is administered
through the Soil and Water Conservation District
Office, and currently has funds
available for applicants who meet the criteria.
Land Alteration Permit
Alteration Permit is required from the County Planning & Zoning Office
for the following:
Topographic alterations involving the movement of more
than ten (10) cubic yards of material on steep slopes or within shore
and bluff impacted zones; or the movement of more than fifty (50) cubic
yards of material outside of steep slopes or within shore and bluff
Grading or filling of type 2-8 wetlands.
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