Department Reorganization

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October 19, 2023

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Welcome to the St. Louis County On-Site Wastewater news. You are receiving this message because you have signed up for updates with the St. Louis County Planning and Zoning Department. This resource will keep you updated with information about On-Site Wastewater news.

Fall 2023 Brief Update  

Greetings! As the 2023 construction season winds down, the On-Site Wastewater Division wants to take a moment to thank all of the SSTS Professionals for your hard work, dedication, commitment, and patience as we continue working towards septic compliance in St. Louis County. The Division continues to see consistent permit activity as we head into the latter half of the fall season. If you are looking to complete additional projects within the 2023 calendar year and need assistance, please reach out to the Division so we can assist you in a timely manner.

Department Reorganization

This message is to inform you that we are making some reorganizational changes to better assist our citizens and respond to continued growth and need for services. The department formally known as “Planning and Community Development” has become two separate departments:

  • Economic & Community Development: This department’s primary function will be to identify and administer economic, community and housing development opportunities and programs and related services, as well as manage the county’s enterprise Geographic Information System business services. New webpage link: Economic & Community Development (

  • Planning & Zoning: This department’s primary function will be to administer On-Site Wastewater (septic) and Land Use (zoning) ordinances and permitting services, as well as facilitating the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Aid Program and participating in water planning initiatives throughout St. Louis County’s watersheds. New webpage link: Planning & Zoning (

The County’s website has been updated to reflect this change. If you have a website that links to one of our pages, please update if needed. We greatly appreciate your patience during this time, and if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us. This change will not affect the permitting process, grant applications, financial assistance programs, or their timelines.

Thank you for your time, and from all of us in Planning and Zoning, and Economic and Community Development, we look forward to continuing to serve you.

Contact us

On-Site Wastewater

If you have any questions about On-Site Wastewater, please contact:

Duluth Office: (218) 725-5200
Virginia Office: (218) 749-0625

On-Site Wastewater Planning Manager
Ryan Logan