Planning, Zoning and Inspection Services


Due to COVID-19 procedures, an email address and phone number must be included with any permit application made to the city.  The city will be relying on email as the primary means of contact throughout this health emergency. If you do not have an email address, please call city hall at 952.960.7900 before sending an application.

Planning and building permit procedures
During the city building closures some changes have been made to planning and inspection procedures. Inspections continue to be require. Please read the emergency procedures and contact the city by email or phone, 952.960.7900 if you have questions or issues that might not be covered in the current procedures.

Planning department

The Planning Department reviews land use plans for consistency with city plans, land use regulations and  state regulations that apply to development. They conduct long-range planning for the future growth of the city and administer land use control ordinances and zoning enforcement.

Marie Darling, Planning Director
Wade Woodward, Building Official
Joe Pazandak, Building Inspector

The department may be reached through city hall, 952.960.7900
Contact city hall to make all inspection appointments. Inspection appointments are 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Building Inspections

The Inspection Services Division is responsible for the application and enforcement of the building code and related ordinances regulating construction, alterations, and the construction hoursuse of buildings within the city.  Read more

Zoning Code

The purpose of the Zoning Ordinance is to ensure good land management and orderly development of the city. It regulates the types of uses which can occur in each zoning district as well as the specific development standards for each zoning district, which control such details as height, size and use of buildings and lot sizes. The district boundaries are depicted on a zoning map. The City's Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances are periodically reviewed and revised, in order to implement the City's Comprehensive Plan or in response to requests for changes in zoning. Such revisions and requests are reviewed by the Planning Commission and acted on by the City Council after a public hearing.

Information regarding zoning regulations may be obtained by calling the Planning Department at 952.960.7900 or by visiting the City of Shorewood's online City Code.