You can now submit planning and development applications via our online ePermits software. You can also pay application fees online using a credit card. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Buska, permit coordinator, at 952-233-9322.


The Planning and Zoning Division is responsible for the review and management of development and redevelopment to ensure projects are orderly, efficient and of high standard. The division's main functions include:

Planning & Zoning Applications

Requests for zoning changes, variances, conditional use permits, subdivisions, site plans, plats, easement vacation and comprehensive plan amendments require review by the Planning Commission and approval by the City Council.

Outdoor Cafe Permit

Outdoor cafés are seating areas located on public sidewalks or plazas, adjacent to a permitted user in the Central Business Zone, where food and beverages are sold to customers. This permit is required to allow your business to operate a patio on the sidewalk to serve food and drinks to customers. Outdoor café permits cover a full year and must be reapproved on an annual basis.

Only permitted in the Central Business (B-3) Zoning District.

Applicant must provide a layout of the proposed café area which displays the outer boundaries of the outdoor café area and pictures of the proposed furnishings with an application.

Apply through ePermitsYou will be prompted to submit an Outdoor Cafe Encroachment Permit Application [PDF] during the process. 

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