Planning & Development

Services During COVID-19

Linn County’s top priority is the health and safety of employees and the public. That is why Linn County offices reopened July 20 on an appointment-only basis as part of a phased approach to reopening. Linn County will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and adjust County operations and safety measures as needed.

Many County services can be conducted online or remotely through email, mail, our drop boxes, or over the phone. For questions about remote services in the Planning & Development Department, please call 319-892-5130 or email

Read more about our service modifications designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep employees and customers safe.

Service Information

The Planning & Development Department is accepting appointments for the following services:

  • Building Services
    • Sub-Permit (electrical, mechanical, plumbing)
    • Roofing, siding, windows, or door replacement
    • Detached structure (garage, pole building, pool)
    • New house
    • House remodel/addition/deck
    • Solar array
    • Demolition permit
    • Plan review/consultation
  • Zoning Services
    • Development pre-application (land division/land development
    • Floodplain determination
    • Zoning consultation

Make An Appointment

Linn County Planning & Development is responsible for providing fair, consistent and objective administration of zoning and building regulations for the unincorporated areas of Linn County and cities that contract with the department. The Planning & Development Department is also responsible for balancing the needs of the customers and the public through building safety and the wise use of land and environmental resources.

Divisions & Core Functions

The Planning & Development Department has two divisions with the following core functions:

Building Division

Planning & Zoning Division

Boards and Commissions

Planning & Development staff provides support to the following Linn County Boards and Commissions:

View our Monthly Zoning Cases

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    Linn County’s Community Rating Service (CRS) class has improved from a class 8 to a class 7, increasing the floodplain insurance discount available to residents within unincorporated Linn County. Read on...
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