Zoning Permits

A Zoning Permit is required for the construction of structures that do not require building permits. The purpose of such a review is to ensure the improvement meets standard zoning requirements such as setbacks, hard surface coverage, structure height, etc.

Structures Requiring a Zoning Permit

  • Sport & tennis courts
  • Patios & sidewalks
  • One-story detached accessory structures used as tool or storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses, not to exceed 200 square feet in building area
  • Retaining walls less than four (4) feet in height.
  • Decks less than 30 inches above ground
  • Agricultural buildings
NOTE: An inspection may be required to verify zoning compliance. A minimal fee will be required for inspections, if necessary.

Application Procedure

Contact City Hall at (952) 227-1100 and ask to be directed to the appropriate staff member regarding your project. In some cases it may be necessary to meet with city staff in order to receive a thorough review. By submitting a survey and building plans, and simply speaking one-on-one with staff, it is possible to complete a Zoning Permit in a short time frame, usually within a matter of days. Any zoning permit application that fails to meet zoning ordinance requirements will be denied. The fee for the zoning permit is $50.

Once a Zoning Permit is complete AND approved, the documents will be placed in the property’s building file. This will stand as proof that the property owner has done their due diligence by ensuring the improvement project complies with Chanhassen City Code.

By completing a Zoning Permit, you are protecting your interests as a property owner.