FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q:When is a Permit needed?
A:Permits are required for any structure, built or moved in, including decks and yard sheds, as well as any remodeling done on an existing structure.
Q:How do I know if I need a Building Code Permit or a Land Use Permit?
A:Land Use Permits are used only for agricultural type structures e.i. livestock, hay/feed/grains, or machinery. Building Code Permits are required for all other types of structures.
Q:How much does a permit cost?
A:Some fees are set by the County Board, (see fee schedule) Building Permit fees are calculated by cost tables and project cost.
Q:How do I know what Zoning District I am in?
A:Kandiyohi County has zoning maps that show what zone you are in. These maps are available for view on the County's home page. *Please note that your tax statement and the zoning district you are in do not necessarily reflect the same thing.
Q:Where do I get information regarding my septic system?
A:Kandiyohi County Enviromental Services has records of septic systems from 1972 to present. When requesting such information, please be sure to give the year the system was installed and the tax parcel number and legal description. There is no fee for this request.
Q:What are your business hours?
A:We are open Monday - Friday 8:00 to 4:30, except Holidays. (New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and day after, 1/2 day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
Q:Why do I need inspections?
A:To assure you that your project is being completed correctly with all safety features being met.
Q:Where do I get information regarding wells?
A:Wells are a division of the Minnesota Department of Health and well information can be obtained by contacting them by their website: www.health.state.mn.us.
Q:How long does it take to get a permit?
A:In most instances it will take 5 to 10 working days to process your permit application.
Q: What are the setbacks for my proposed project?
A:Setbacks can vary depending upon where your property is located (zoning district) and if it is a lake lot or not. It is best to call the zoning department for setback requirements. (320.231.6229)
Q:If I am unsure of what I can or cannot do, will you do a site visit?
A:The staff will do site visits, during business hours, at no cost.
Q:If splitting/subdividing my property, do I need a survey?
A: Kandiyohi County requires a certificate of survey by a registered land surveyor for any subdivision of land less than a full government lot, or a full quarter-quarter section.