Community Development

The Community Development Department ensures quality development is achieved in East Bethel. The department provides for professional planning with complete and efficient review and coordination of all commercial and industrial development, subdivisions, signs, interim and conditional uses, variance requests, and ordinance reviews.

Building Inspections Division

Ensures development conforms to building codes and approved plans. Call with questions about local Building Codes, building and occupancy permits, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and sign permits. Visit the Building Inspection page for more information.

Code Enforcement

The City Code contains Ordinances adopted by City Council that regulates activities and throughout the City. When a property is deemed non-compliant, the City sends a notice requiring the property to come into compliance within a certain amount of time. If compliance is not reached in a timely manner, one or more citations may be issued. If compliance is still not achieved, the City reserves the right to pursue criminal charges through the Anoka County Court System.

Economic Development

Promotes commercial and industrial development opportunities to expand the job base with livable wage employment opportunities and to increase the tax base. Helps with marketing of vacant lands, builds and maintains relationships with local business owners, and provides economic development services. Visit the Economic Development page for more information.

Housing and Redevelopment

Addresses substandard, or blighted areas existing within the City of East Bethel that cannot be redeveloped without government assistance. Provides a sufficient supply of adequate, safe, and sanitary dwellings to persons of low and moderate income and their families at prices and amounts they can afford.  More information is available on the Housing & Redevelopment Authority page.

Planning Division

Administers zoning, subdivision of property, and the Comprehensive Plan. Directs development reviews, environmental planning, community development, and plan review processes. Visit the Planning Division page for more information.


The department is responsible for:

  • Administering the Zoning Ordinance, Comprehensive Plan and other documents that guide land use
  • Encouraging economic development and redevelopment efforts
  • Issuing building permits and reviewing building plans

Development Review Procedures

The City of East Bethel has several development review procedures in place to evaluate the community, economic, environmental, and infrastructure impacts of new residential, commercial, and industrial development. Development review procedures ensures that plans for property development and redevelopment are in compliance with all City codes, regulations, and standards.

Development Review Committee

The City's Development Review Committee (DRC) is available to explain review procedures, application submission requirements, and development regulations. Representatives from City Administration, Public Works, Engineering, Fire, and Community Development will review plans and work with developers regarding the design of a proposed development. To schedule a meeting with the DRC, please contact the Community Development Department at 763-357-7844 where we will set up a first meeting to get to know and understand your needs and be able to direct you to the appropriate department.


The plat process is done in three phases: concept plan, preliminary plat, and final plat. The preliminary plat and final plat process includes an evaluation of public infrastructure requirements, traffic impacts, stormwater management, and erosion control. Plat approvals require review first by the Planning Commission and then the City Council.