County land use permits now available online

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Planning & Economic Development Department • Government Services Center

320 West Second Street, Suite 301 • Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: (218) 725-5000 • Toll Free in Minnesota: 1 (800) 450-9777 

Barbara Hayden





March 6, 2017

CONTACT: Barbara Hayden

Planning & Economic Development Director


St. Louis County launches online permit application portal

Need a building permit to add on to your home? How about to subdivide a parcel of land? Any land use permit offered by St. Louis County now can be applied and paid for online. This includes applications for structures, additions, land alterations, gravel pits, variances, conditional use permits, wetlands and property subdivisions.

St. Louis County administers zoning for all areas of the County outside of cities and a few select townships that handle their own zoning.

Through the new online permit application portals, people can apply 24/7 for permits such as for structures, additions, land alterations, gravel pits, variances, conditional use permits, wetlands and property subdivisions. The web address is First time applicants will need to set up an account, which takes just a minute or two, and is free. Their information will then be stored, which will save them time in any future applications.

"We are excited to be able to offer an online system for application and payment," said Barbara Hayden, Director of Planning and Community Development. "It's something our residents and businesses have asked for, and we're thankful to the County Board for supporting our efforts in implementing this. We know it will make the application process much more efficient, both for them, and for our staff to process." 


For more information about St. Louis County's land use policy and online permitting, visit, or contact the Planning and Community Development Department at (218) 725-5000 in Duluth or (218) 749-7103 in Virginia.




Land Use map

Permits for land use in areas administered by St. Louis County an now be applied and paid for online at crm.stlouiscountymn.govSt. Louis County administers land use policy in the areas shown in blue in the above map. (Cities and townships manage their own land use and zoning in other areas.)