The Community Development Department is responsible for the review of building plans and the implementation of land use plans and policies of the City Council through administration of ordinances. The Department reviews permit and land use applications to ensure compliance with land use, setback, hardcover, floodplain management, and other City requirements. The department provides service and information to the general public, property owners, builders, and developers on all aspects of development and land use within Orono.
The Community Development Department provides support to the City Council and Planning Commission on land use applications and special projects. Please call or email one of the planning staff members if you have any questions related to development of your property, current land use applications, or general land use questions.
New Permit Review/ Inspection Process
As of Tuesday, January 4th, 2022, Nicole Egan is the Building Official, and Gary Nelson is the Building Inspector. Nicole and her team will handle all code review, inspections, and documentation related to the building, plumbing, and mechanical codes. Permits will continue to be processed through Citizen Serve, but direct all inspection requests to the Orono front desk @952-249-4600 and general building code inquiries to Nicole at 952-249-4625 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For electrical permits, please visit the State's Electrical Permits page.
Find reports of land use applications.Link to page
Permit and License Application Guide
Welcome to the City of Orono's Permit Application GuideLink to page
Applications, Licenses, & Permits
Find information about building applications, licenses, and permits.Link to page
The City Council and Planning Commission continually reviews city ordinances to ensure they further the goals of the community.Link to page
2040 Comprehensive Plan
The City of Orono introduces its draft of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan.Link to page
Zoning Ordinance Amendments
Find pending or recently approved Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance AmendmentsLink to page
Planning Related Documents
Documents intended to provide assistanceLink to page
MapsLink to page