County Ordinance 50 - Shoreland and Floodplain Management, the County regulates shoreland and floodplain in the 13 unincorporated townships of Dakota County.
In addition to township permits, County permits are required for construction activities, grading and filling, septic system installations, and removal of vegetation within 300 feet from rivers, 1,000 feet from lakes and the Cannon River, and any land located floodplain areas.
The County has floodplain maps and information for every parcel in the County. The County can assist you with data interpretation, completing FEMA forms, and answering question about flood insurance. Please call us if you have questions about floodplain on your property.
Perennial vegetative buffers
Perennial vegetative buffers are required countywide for cultivated land along all Minnesota Department of Natural Resources public waters and county ditches. The buffer width for land along a DNR public water is 50 feet. The buffer width along public ditches is 16.5 feet.
Dakota County has two public ditches: County Ditch No. 1 and No. 2, but both are DNR public waters and require a 50-foot buffer. Ditch laterals along Ditch No. 2 in Waterford and Castle Rock townships are not public waters, and only require a 16.5-foot buffer.
See a map of DNR designated public waters in Dakota County.
For building and zoning permit forms, see the
Building & Zoning Permits page.
Dakota Soil and Water Conservation District
Landscaping for Clean Water
Docks and Access on DNR Public Waters
Lakescaping and Shoreland Restoration
Restore Your Shore
For more information contact Dee McDaniels at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 852-891-7024.