Zoning Application Review Process

Pre-Permit Submission Meeting

Residents, contractors or developers interested in applying for and submitting a zoning permit, except for zoning permits for driveways, decks and fences, are encouraged to meet with the City of North St. Paul Community Development staff prior to submitting a permit to gain a better understanding of the information required, and the lead-time necessary for the zoning permit process.

Each zoning land use request has an associated checklist of required items necessary for the permit process. The initial meeting with is an opportunity to informally discuss the conceptual idea of the proposed project in an effort to reduce delays. Participation in an initial meeting does not provide approval or guarantee approval of the project.

To request an appointment with City staff, please contact Brandy Howe at 651-747-2400.

Land Use Application Schedule

All completed applications and accompanying materials are due 30 days prior to the scheduled Planning Commission meeting. 

This timeline allows for:

  • Project meeting between City staff and the applicants
  • Permit submittal and payment
  • Plan distribution to City staff, consultants and applicable government entities
  • Project review time and generation of staff reports
  • Meeting material preparation and distribution
  • Public notice
  • Planning Commission review
  • City Council action
  • Recording with the County

City Code and Zoning Criteria

The North St. Paul City Code guides and enables development activities within the City by ensuring proper and well-coordinated projects. The Zoning Land Use application is the mechanism that allows the City to examine proposed land uses to ensure compatibility with the City Codes, design and development standards, and the surrounding land uses and natural environments. 

The Zoning review is intended to ensure positive growth for the community. All applications are reviewed individually and are evaluated on their own merit. The City shall not accept plans, drawings or other information related to the project except upon submittal of a formal application. The City reserves the right to reject an incomplete application.

Review Requirements

Minnesota State Statute 15.99 requires local government to review an application within 15 business days of submission to determine if an application is complete and/or if additional information is required to complete the review. Once complete, a formal 60-day review period begins. The City has the ability to extend the review period for an additional 60 days, if necessary, due to insufficient information or scheduling difficulties. Please review the corresponding checklist that goes with the request. All applications must be received by the deadline(s) posted at northstpaul.org. Failure to submit by the date given may result in a delay in the review by the Planning Commission and City Council.

Planning and land use applications include comprehensive plan amendments, conditional use permits, interim use permits, home occupation permits, planned unit developments (PUD), site plans, rezoning, right-of-way vacation, subdivisions, and variance requests.