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Planning & Zoning Division FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

A calendar of Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings can be found on the Meetings Portal.

You can look up a Parcel ID Number (PIN) for any parcel in Williams County by using the Parcel Viewer Map or the iTax Property Tax system.

Your property’s zoning district is indicated on the County’s GIS Zoning & Conditional Use Permits map. A color-coded legend can be viewed under Zoning by expanding the layers list. Any parcel of land that does not have a specific zoning district will be designated as Agricultural. For more information, contact the Planning and Zoning Division.

The zoning of your property does not affect or impact property taxes. Zoning determines the allowable uses of the property, but zoning itself does not factor into the property value assessment that determines property taxes.

Zoning cannot be used to make a property owner stop using property as it was used before it was zoned.  In a case where property is zoned differently from the way it is used, the current use is allowed to continue, and it is called a nonconforming use. For example, a business that is in a residential zone would be permitted to continue operating as a nonconforming use. However, non-conforming uses are subject to limitations. For instance, if a nonconforming business is closed and left vacant for more than one year, it cannot be reopened. Or if that business wants to build an addition onto their building, they would have to update the zoning district prior to receiving a certificate of occupancy.

The Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations can be downloaded by clicking here. A physical copy is also available for the public to view at the Development Services office during regular business hours.

Zoning-related pre-applications are required prior to formal review of applications for conditional use permits, temporary use permits, zoning amendments/zone changes variances, plats, minor subdivisions/major subdivisions and/or lot split reviews. Complete the pre-application form online or email a completed pre-application form to planning@co.williams.nd.us. A member of our staff will contact you by phone or email to schedule a meeting.

Land Use applications need to be submitted approximately 6 weeks prior to the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in which it will be reviewed. Below is a schedule for 2021.

Application Deadline

Planning and Zoning
Commission Meeting

Board of
County Commissioners Meeting

December 10, 2020Thursday, January 21, 2021Tuesday, February 02, 2021
January 07, 2021Thursday, February 18, 2021Tuesday, March 02, 2021
February 11, 2021Thursday, March 18, 2021Tuesday, April 06, 2021
March 04, 2021Thursday, April 15, 2021Tuesday, May 04, 2021
April 08, 2021Thursday, May 20, 2021Tuesday, June 01, 2021
May 06, 2021Thursday, June 17, 2021Tuesday, July 06, 2021
June 10, 2021Thursday, July 15, 2021Tuesday, August 03, 2021
July 08, 2021Thursday, August 19, 2021Tuesday, September 07, 2021
August 05, 2021Thursday, September 16, 2021Tuesday, October 05, 2021
September 09, 2021Thursday, October 21, 2021Tuesday, November 02, 2021
October 07, 2021Thursday, November 18, 2021Tuesday, December 07, 2021
November 04, 2021Thursday, December 16, 2021Tuesday, January 04, 2022

 

Open records requests can be made by contacting the Department that would have the information. If you are requesting information from a board or commission, or unsure of which Department the request applies to, then please contact the Communications Department. For more information about open records requests, visit the North Dakota Attorney General’s website.

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