Polk County Planning and Zoning also reminds landowners to contact them prior to starting construction or land use projects

    Polk County Environmental Services announces the availability of a cost-share grant and loan program that is available to property owners in Polk County that have a non-compliant septic system.  Funds are made possible through a grant received from the Minnesota Clean Water Legacy Act.  

    There is a limited amount of funding available and preference for funding will be determined based on income status, condition of existing system, and proximity to priority surface waters.  The county will provide a cost-share grant contributing 75 percent and up to 90 percent of installation cost up to a maximum of $12,000.  

    The county also offers a low-income loan, where the county will contribute 25 percent of the installation cost up to a maximum of $2,500.  The remaining loan will have a .0001 percent interest rate and will be paid back over a 10-year term.  

    Income restrictions will apply.  Applicants will be required to pay any match requirement up front if approved.  

    If you are interested in learning more about this program call Polk County Planning and Zoning at 281-5700 or you can reach them by email at environmental.svs@co.polk.mn.us.  The deadline to apply for the Septic System Fix-Up Program is June 1, 2018.  After this date remaining funding will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Permit reminder

    Also remember that Polk County Planning and Zoning requires building/land use permits for all construction projects throughout the County.  

    If you are planning any building/land use projects contact planning and zoning prior to construction to see what setbacks and ordinance requirements may apply.  

    More information on building/land use regulations can be found at co.polk.mn.us under the Environmental Services and Planning and Zoning Department pages.