Planning, Zoning & Inspections

The Planning Department

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

Shorewood Trail Plan

The city has developed a Trail Implentation Plan for trail connections through out the city. The city council adopted the plan as part of the current Capital Improvement Plan. A feasibility study is currently under discussion by the city council for the trail segment along Smithtown Road. The Planning Department has put together a tentative schedule for the completion of the Smithtown Road Trail.

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.

Building Inspections

The Building Inspector is responsible for the application and enforcement of the building code and related ordinances regulating construction, alterations and the use of buildings within the City of Shorewood. The Building Inspector can be reached by calling 952.960.7900.

Building Codes

The City of Shorewood enforces the Minnesota State Building Code which provides minimum standards to safeguard life, property, and the well-being of the public. It accomplishes this by regulating and controlling the design, construction, and quality of materials used in building projects. The City of Shorewood has adopted the Minnesota State Building Code.