Planning and Zoning

The Planning and Zoning Department is primarily responsible for accepting planning and development applications that are submitted to the City and enforcement of the City Code through the following:

  • Reviewing and processing land use applications and other planning and zoning requests to assure that they are in conformance with the City Code

  • Working with other government agencies and consultants

  • Conducting historical research and preparing reports

  • Enforcing violations of the ordinances, such as property maintenance, through a complaint based system

  • Preparing information and reports for consideration by the Planning Commission and/or City Council

  • Responding to residents and developers’ inquiries regarding zoning codes

Most of the Planning and Zoning rules and regulations are based on three documents:

  • Ham Lake City Code

  • 2030 Comprehensive Plan

  • Zoning Map

Most applications that are reviewed and processed by the Planning and Zoning Department are presented to the Planning Commission, who makes a recommendation to the City Council.

  • Planning Commission agendas and minutes

Code violations & enforcement process
The Planning and Zoning Department enforces the zoning and land use regulations and public nuisances.  If you have a concern regarding land use or public nuisances, please contact the Zoning Official listed above. 

For more information on a particular subject, select from below:

Informational Handouts
Application for Planning Request (for all applications)
Commercial Certificate of Occupancy Requirements
Commercial Building Site Plan Requirements
Conditional Use Permit Requirements
Home Occupation Permit Requirements
Metes and Bounds Conveyance Requirements
Metes and Bounds Conveyance with Courtesy Combination Requirements
Platting / Subdivision Requirements
Private Kennel License Requirements
Rezoning Requirements