Ordinance
Background Information

 

Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance Click Here
On August 16, 2016, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted the Polk County Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance No. 32-16, more commonly known as the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. This ordinance had an effective date of September 15, 2016, and has been adopted by the following towns: Alden, Apple River, Balsam Lake, Beaver, Black Brook, Bone Lake, Clayton, Clear Lake, Eureka, Johnstown, Lincoln, Luck, McKinley, Milltown, Osceola and West Sweden.  Some towns like Farmington, Garfield, and St Croix Falls have their own Zoning Ordinances, while Clam Falls, Lorain, Sterling, Laketown, and Georgetown are unzoned. You should also check with your town for additional building regulations and building permits.

Floodplain Ordinance Click Here
This floodplain zoning ordinance is intended to regulate floodplain development to protect life and property while minimizing public expenditures, rescue efforts, and damage to personal and public property.  The latest version of this ordinance is Ordinance No. 12-17 Polk County Floodplain Zoning Ordinance which was certified by the DNR and effective March 29, 2017.

Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Ordinance Click Here
The underlying principles of this ordinance are basic goals in environment, health and safety accomplished by proper siting, design, installation, inspection, maintenance, and management of private onsite wastewater treatment systems (POWTS) and non-plumbing sanitary systems in Polk County.  The latest version of this ordinance is Ordinance No. 11-17 Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Ordinance effective March 29, 2017.

Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance Click Here
In 1967, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted a Shoreland Protection Zoning OrdinanceThis ordinance regulates all unincorporated lands within 1000 feet of lakes, ponds or flowages and 300 feet from rivers and streams. This latest version of this ordinance is the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance No. 87-17 effective December 27, 2017.

Subdivision Ordinance Click Here
The purpose of this Ordinance is to regulate and control subdivision development within Polk County in order to promote public health, safety, general welfare, water quality, and aesthetics. This can be accomplished by requiring an orderly layout and use of land, providing safe access to highways, roads and streets, facilitating adequate provision of water, sewer, transportation and surface drainage systems and parks, playgrounds and other public facilities.
The latest version of this ordinance is Ordinance No. 13-17 Polk County Chapter 18 Subdivision Ordinance effective March 29, 2017.

Telecommunication Towers, Antennas, and Related Facilities Ordinance Click Here
In 1999, Polk County adopted a Telecommunication Towers, Antennas, and Related Facilities Ordinance, more commonly known as a Cell-Tower Ordinance.  This ordinance was revised in December of 2003.