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City of Northfield, MN
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Ph: 507-645-8833

Land Use Applications
Land Use Applications
The City of Northfield has seven different types of Land Use Applications.  Each type undergoes a slightly different review and approval process.  The most basic process is Type 1, which involves only department staff.  Other review procedures may involve city commisssions, boards, and even the City Council.  For a more detailed description of the different types of application review procedures please see the Land Development Code, Article 5.  For applications not available below, please contact the Community Development Office at (507) 645-3059.

City Fee Schedule
To see a list of the fees the city charges for applications, please click here and scroll down to the "Community Development - Planning/Development" section.

 Review Type

Review Procedure


 TYPE 1 Staff Review Only

Adjacent Land Conveyance

Land Development Code Interpretation

Sign Permit (Not in Historic District)

Temporary Use

 TYPE 2 Staff Review with Development Review Committee (DRC)

Amendment to PUD Overlay           

Flood Plain Development Permit           

Site Plan Review

 TYPE 3 Staff Review with Heritage Preservation Commission Review and Decision

Sign Permit (Historic District)

 TYPE 4 Staff Review and Planning Commission Recommendation with City Council Decision

*For Heritage Preservation Site decisions, there will also be a recommendation from the Heritage Preservation Commission.


Comprehensive Plan Amendment           

Conditional use Permit           

Conditional Use Permit in Flood Plain           

Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

Heritage Preservation Site Designation           

Major Subdivision Preliminary Plat           

Zoning District Text Amendment           

Zoning Map Amendment

TYPE 5 Staff Review with Planning Commission Recommendation with Decision by City Council

Major Subdivision Final Plat

Minor Subdivision or Lot Consolidation

 TYPE 6 Staff Review with Zoning Board of Appeals Decision

Variance: One, Two or Three Family

Variance: Multi-Family

Variance: Non-Residential

Variance: Flood Plain

Variance Decision Appeal

 TYPE 7 Staff Review with Planning Commission Decision

Site Plan: Commercial Flexible Plan

Site Plan: Commercial Standard Plan