Conditional Use Permit

Each zoning district within the City allows for a list of allowed conditional uses. Conditional use requires a special review process in order to attach conditions that allow the City to protect the general health, welfare, and public safety of the City but allow certain uses not permitted by right within a district. The conditional use is measured under additional criteria to ensure the proposal is compatible with the neighborhood.

Application requirements:

  • Proof of ownership or property
  • Site plan
  • Typical floor plan and room plan drawn to scale with a summary of square footage for each use or activity.
  • Other data/information as requested by the City

Review process:

  • Pre-application meeting
  • Application submittal and completeness review per M.S. §15.99
  • Public notice
  • Letters to affected property owners within 350 feet of subject site
  • Planning Commission public hearing
  • City Council consideration and action

Review standards:

The City Council may grant a conditional use permit after considering the recommendation of the Planning Commission and if the use at the proposed location is compliant with the following findings:

  1. The use is consistent with the general purposes and intent of the Comprehensive Plan;
  2. The use will not adversely affect the health, safety, or general welfare of the city;
  3. The use is compatible with present and future land uses in the surrounding area and reasonably related to the overall needs of the city;
  4. The use or appearance of the use is compatible with adjacent properties;
  5. The use can be adequately supported by public urban services including the water supply, transportation system and capacity, police and fire protection, utilities, and sanitary waste disposal and stormwater disposal systems;
  6. The use will not create an excessive burden on existing parks, schools, and other public facilities that serve or are proposed to serve the area;
  7. The use will be sufficiently compatible or separated by distance or screening from adjacent residentially zoned land;
  8. The use is in harmony with the general purposes and intent of this chapter and the zoning district in which the applicant intends to locate the proposed use;
  9. The use will not create an intrusion of excessive noise, glare, or general unsightliness; and
  10. If applicable, the proposed use is consistent with officially adopted city plans and overlays.

In permitting a new conditional use, the City Council may impose, in addition to the requirements set forth in the chapter, conditions considered necessary or appropriate to protect the public health, safety and general welfare of the City.


The application fee for a City of North St. Paul conditional use permit is per the annual fee schedule. Additionally, the applicant shall provide an escrow at the time of application to pay all costs incurred by the City for the review of the application. Additional charges may apply if the consulting costs exceed the escrow amount. Under no condition shall the fee be refunded or waived for failure of the City to approve the application.

Apply online:

Conditional Use Application