Permits

This overview is provided to help ease the questions on the permit process, but is not all encompassing. Each project is different, therefore the Planning and Zoning Commission and/or City Council will determine if there is additional information required. If you have any questions regarding permits, please contact City Hall at 218.226.4408.

**ALL PERMIT APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE CITY OF SILVER BAY AT LEAST TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO START OF PROJECT, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF PERMITS THAT REQUIRE A PUBLIC HEARING WHICH MUST BE RECEIVED 60 DAYS PRIOR.**

Permits are required for items such as: Permits may not be required for items such as:
New Construction, Alterations/Remodeling Residing (unless you alter the shedding)
Sheds, Fences, Decks, Garages Repaving (unless you repave approach)
Maintenance/Repair/Replacement Window replacement (unless you change size or add windows)
Demolition or moving of any buildings Shingling (unless you change physical aspect of roof)
Signage Repairs/Maintenance/Minor Alterations that do not change the physical dimensions or shape of any building or structure on land
Home Occupation Garage sales (limit two per year, telemarketing, business conducted by phone)
Rezoning Please confirm with City Hall before starting any project.

Types of Permits

Land Use: The purpose of a Land Use Permit is to insure that setback requirements, impervious surface requirements, variances, special conditions, signage and zoning changes are adhered to. Conditions placed upon land use permits that require public notifications and hearings will require additional fees to be paid by the applicant.
APPLICATION FEE = $50 (non-refundable)

Building: The purpose of the building permit is to insure changes to property follow appropriate building codes and regulations. Building permit fees are determined upon the valuation of the structure changes. This permit most often is in addition to the Land Use Permit.
APPLICATION FEE = Based on valuation and determined by the City

Home Use Occupation: For anyone wishing to operate a home based business for compensation, which houses inventory, and/or generates additional traffic within the neighborhood. There are some occupations that do not require a permit such as Home Retail Parties (Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Jewelry, etc.), daycares, telemarketing, computer based businesses that do not have the public coming to the home, or businesses that are conducted via phone/email. All home occupation permits require a public hearing and must be renewed every three years. A pre-application for home occupation permits is required before completing the full Land Use Permit Application.
APPLICATION FEE = $100, RENEWAL FEES = $30/3 Years

Special/Conditional Use: These permits generally are designed for a specific use of the property as it relates to the zoning district in which the property is located.  They may be allowed with specific restrictions set by the City. Additional charges apply. They require a public notification and hearing in accordance to MN Statutes.
APPLICATION FEE = $250 (plus Lake County filing fees)

Variance: These permits generally are designed for a modification or variation from the provisions of the zoning district in which a property is located. They are typically granted when there are reasons of exceptional circumstances unique to the property which would cause a hardship. Additional charges apply. They require a public notification and hearing in accordance with MN Statutes. The variance is also filed with Lake County.
APPLICATION FEE = $250 (plus Lake County filing fees)

Zoning Changes: Anyone requesting a property zone change must complete the Land Use application. No “spot zoning” is allowed. Additional charges apply. They require a public notification and hearing in accordance with MN Statutes. The zoning changes are also filed with Lake County.
APPLICATION FEE = $250 (plus Lake County filing fees)

Platting/Subdivision: These are separate from the permit process. Contact City Hall for information at 218.226.4408

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