- Divisions:Planning Permits, Sign Permits
- Apply Online http://www.ShakopeeMN.gov/epermits
The Board of Adjustment and Appeals has jurisdiction over any variance which is not closely related to a land use application requiring consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council. Any variance which is closely related to such a land use application shall be under the jurisdiction of the Planning Commission and City Council.
A variance from the requirements of the zoning ordinance may be granted where the following circumstances are found to exist:
- When the application for the variance establishes that there are practical difficulties in complying with the official control. Practical difficulties means the following:
- The property owner proposes to use the property in a reasonable manner not permitted by an official control;
- The plight of the landowner is due to circumstances unique to the property;
- The circumstances were not created by the landowner;
- The variance, if granted, will not alter the essential character of the locality; and
- The problems extend beyond economic considerations. Economic considerations alone do not constitute practical difficulties.
- It has been demonstrated that a variance as requested will be in harmony with the general purposes and intent of the chapter and when the variance as requested is consistent with the comprehensive plan.
- The request is not for a use variance.
- Conditions to be imposed by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals must be directly related to and must bear a rough proportionality to the impact created by the variance.
- Variances in the Floodplain Overlay Zone also shall meet the following criteria listed in City Code 151.015.
Submitting an application - Apply through ePermits
- Apply on our ePermits site.
- Pay application fees online with a credit card. This will begin your project and create a project on our ePlans website. Once your project is created and fees paid, you will receive an email notification from firstname.lastname@example.org with a temporary password and instructions how to log in.
- Upload the Multi-Purpose Planning & Zoning Application [PDF] (see document for submittal dates) through ePlans. All planning projects need to be accompanied by the appropriate planning application, as well as additional submittal requirements.
Additional submittal requirements
- Paid application fee and recording fee.
- Evidence of ownership or an interest in the property.
- A site plan at a scale large enough for clarity showing the following information:
- Location and dimension
- Such other information as may be required by the city.
- The city will provide mailing labels for residents within 500 feet of project property. Applicant (except single family applications) will be expected to mail out notices and conduct a neighborhood meeting at least two weeks prior to a public hearing at City Council meeting.
More information is available in the variance application information handout [PDF].
Variance Review Process
- Meet with city staff
- Application received by city
- Public hearing scheduled IF application is deemed complete by staff
- Staff and outside agencies review application
- Staff prepares memo and recommendation(s)
- Public hearing held at Board of Adjustment and Appeals
- Decision determined or tabled
Note: Signs placed within city, county or state right-of-way or attached to trees, utility poles, rocks or other similar surfaces are not permitted and can be removed without warning.
Does my sign need a permit?
Click on the different types of signs to learn more about sign requirements and see examples.
A sign, or portion of a sign, that can electronically display any combination of words and/or graphics. Screens may change every eight seconds in commercial zones. No movement or video; limited transition effects. Sign permit required.
A permanent structure affixed to a pole. Business flags may be placed in conjunction with national and/or local flags. Sign permit not required.
- In residential zones, two flags and one flagpole are permitted per premises. Flag pole shall be a maximum of 25 feet in height or no higher than the highest point on the principle structure.
- In non-residential zones, one flag per 25 feet of right-of-way frontage up to a maximum of six flags and poles per premises.
A sign which is supported internally. A permit is required when changing the face of a sign. Sign permit required.
MONUMENT STYLE – A ground graphic permanently affixed at its base, supported entirely by a base structure and not mounted on a visible pole.
POLE STYLE - A freestanding street graphic permanently supported in a fixed location by a structure of poles, uprights or braces from the ground. Not supported by a building or a base structure.
A highway sign is permitted within the Highway Business (B-1) and Major Recreation (MR) zoning districts on parcels that directly abut or within 500 feet of a principal arterial or on parcels that are within 750 feet of principal arterial where an interchange is present.
Highway signs may be wall signs fronting the principal arterial or freestanding signs. Highway sign standards can be found in the Design Standards table, City Code 151.196. A sign permit is required.
Projecting signs project more than 18 inches from a building or structure. These include marquee signs. Projecting signs are allowed only in the Downtown Business (B-3) and Major Recreation (MR) districts. Sign standards can be found in the Design Standards table, City Code 151.196. A sign permit is required.
Signs that move or give the appearance of movement are prohibited.
A banner, pennant, poster or advertising display constructed of paper, cloth, canvas, plastic sheet, cardboard, wallboard, plywood or other like materials and that is intended to be displayed for a limited period of time.
Any temporary sign under 4 square feet in size and 4 feet in height may be placed anywhere on a property without a permit. Any sign larger than 4 square feet or taller than 4 feet requires a temporary sign permit and may be posted for 60 to 120 days.
A sign mounted on the wall of a structure. May or may not be illuminated and/or decorated with graphics. Wall signs are only those that extend 18 inches or less from a wall. Wall signs should not extend above the top of a parapet wall or a roofline at the wall, whichever is higher. Sign permit required.
In 2018, the City Council adopted an overhauled sign code that alters most of the previous standards and definitions. Sign overlay zones are no longer in effect; sign standards are determined by the zoning designation of a property.
How is sign area determined?
The exact square footage permitted for each sign type is determined by the property’s zoning designation: highway business, community commercial, neighborhood commercial, industrial, major recreation, office and business park and residential.
What are the standards for my sign district?
Information outlining the signage size and placement is available in City Code 151.185 and the approved Sign Ordinance [PDF]. Note: Applicable parcels based on proximity to principle arterials are subject to change.