Board of Adjustment

Before applying for a Public Hearing all applicants must attend a Development Review Team (DRT) meeting with the Land Services Office. The application and information on these meetings is below.

DRT Information & Dates (PDF)

DRT Application (PDF)

Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment consists of 5 members, one from each of the commissioner districts. One member is also a part of the Planning Commission.

This Board has the exclusive power to order the issuance of variances from the terms of any official control, including restrictions placed on non-conforming structures. This board can also hear and decide appeals from and review any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by any administrative official charged with enforcing any ordinance adopted pursuant to the provision of sections to MS 394.21 to MS 394-37. 

What is a variance?

A Variance is a modification or variation of the provisions of the Morrison County Land Use Control Ordinance (PDF) where it is determined by reason of special and unusual circumstances relating to a specific lot, that strict application of the ordinance would cause practical difficulty, or that strict conformity with the provisions of the ordinance would be unreasonable, impractical or unfeasible under the circumstances.

Decisions from the Board of Adjustment can be appealed through District Court action.


After the Fact Variance Application (PDF)


Please call the Land Services department at 320-632-0170 to verify times and locations.


Minutes are available following approval.

  1. Land Services

    Physical Address
    213 1st Avenue SE
    Little Falls, MN 56345

    Phone: 320-632-0170

Land Services webpage  

Office Hours

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.