Planning & Zoning

The Planning & Zoning staff are able to meet with area landowners regarding your land use permitting needs. The only change to the normal protocol is that we ask visitors to limit potential COVID-19 spread by not visiting the office if you are visibly sick.  Please call ahead to schedule a meeting, contact our staff at 218-281-5700.    Our office is located in the Transfer Station Building at 320 Ingersoll Ave Crookston, MN 56716. We look forward to working with you for all your land use permitting needs!

It is Planning & Zoning staffs goal to continue to provide permitting for all individuals projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Staff can use electronic means and mailings to perform permitting tasks, or virtual meetings for those that are uncomfortable with meeting face-to-face. Your projects are important to us and we thank you in advance for your patience with our services during this uncertain time.  If you have any questions for our staff at this time please contact us at 218-281-5700.  

Polk County Planning and Zoning Department is charged with interpreting, applying, and enforcing the rules and regulations found within the Polk County Zoning Ordinance and those required by State or Federal Law.

Polk County’s Zoning Ordinance is applied countywide, excluding incorporated municipalities. Polk County participates in cooperative joint zoning with those Townships that wanted to retain local control of township-specific issues.


Permits are required for any improvement to the property, unless specifically exempted by the Ordinance. A fee is charged for any permit, based upon the fee schedule adopted by the Polk County Board of Commissioners.

Permit requirements vary depending on the site location within its Zoning District (Agriculture, Village, Commercial, Industrial) or its Special Overlay District (Shoreland, Flood Plains). It is encouraged that the property owner contact Planning and Zoning staff to inquire about their specific situation prior to finalizing plans and submitting permit applications.

Preliminary Flood Map Update Information

Preliminary updated maps can be viewed on the FEMA website by navigating to the Polk County Information or by accessing the Polk County GIS website.

Final Map approval is scheduled to occur by the end of 2019.