Planning & Zoning

Polk County Planning and Zoning Department is charged with interpreting, applying, and enforcing the rules and regulations found within the Polk County Zoning Ordinance and those required by State or Federal Law.

Polk County's Zoning Ordinance is applied countywide, excluding incorporated municipalities. Polk County participates in cooperative joint zoning with those Townships that wanted to retain local control of township-specific issues.


Permits are required for any improvement to the property, unless specifically exempted by the Ordinance. A fee is charged for any permit, based upon the fee schedule adopted by the Polk County Board of Commissioners.

Permit requirements vary depending on the site location within its Zoning District (Agriculture, Village, Commercial, Industrial) or its Special Overlay District (Shoreland, Flood Plains). It is encouraged that the property owner contact Planning and Zoning staff to inquire about their specific situation prior to finalizing plans and submitting permit applications.

Preliminary Flood Map Update Information

Preliminary updated maps can be viewed on the FEMA website by navigating to the Polk County Information or by accessing the Polk County GIS website.

Final Map approval is scheduled to occur by the end of 2019.