The County's Planning and Zoning Department oversees current and long range planning functions, administrates and enforces the Webster County Zoning Ordinance, Comprehensive Plan, Subdivision Ordinance, Floodplain Ordinance and Abatement Ordinance. This includes conditional use permits, variances, re-zonings, subdivision plats, mining permits, zoning and comprehensive plan text amendments, and appeals. The Department coordinates with various public reviewing departments and agencies such as Engineering, Public Health, Assessors Office, Auditors Office, Sheriff, GIS and the Attorney's Office. Through this review process of various applications, the Planning and Zoning Department endeavors to support predictable land use planning patters along with orderly and logical growth and development, while achieving and maintaining the desired level of service expected by the patrons of the County. 


Please note: The approximate deadline for a complete development application requiring a public hearing in 30 days prior to the regular scheduled Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment meetings. Dates may vary due to available staffing, calendar anomalies, caseloads and other variables. 

Zoning Ordinance

The County's Zoning Ordinance was adopted in 1971 to regulate the use of land in the unincorporated areas of the County. This Ordinance classifies uses of land into zones. Uses in established zones are required to follow allowances with regards to building setbacks and height, road frontage requirements, lot area, parking, landscaping and signage amongst other categories. Zoning establishes the minimum standards for the use of the land in order to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the residents. For additional information on the Zoning Ordinance, Click Here

Building Permits

No building or structure shall be used or occupied, and no building or structure or part thereof shall hereafter be erected, constructed, reconstructed, moved or structurally altered without obtaining an approved Building/Zoning Permit. Click Here for the Building/Zoning Permit Application. 

Jeffrey Johnson
Planning and Zoning Administrator
Webster County Courthouse
701 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
jeffrey.johnson@webstercountyia.org
515.574.3761

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Webster County Fee Schedule1 document

  • Fee Schedule
    document seq 1.10

Building Permit Application2 documents

  • Building Permit Application
    document seq 2.001
  • Building Permit Sketch Example
    document seq 2.002

Pre-Application Meeting Request Application1 document

  • Pre-Application Meeting Request Application
    document seq 3.001

Main Development Applications8 documents

  • Main Development Application
    document seq 4.001
  • Supplement 1 Application - Conditional Use Permit
    document seq 4.002
  • Supplement 2 Application - Variance
    document seq 4.003
  • Supplement 3 Application - Amendment to the Official Zoning Atlas (Rezoning)
    document seq 4.004
  • Supplement 4 Application - Text Amendment to Zoning Ordinance/Comprehensive Plan
    document seq 4.005
  • Supplement 5 Application - Plat
    document seq 4.006
  • Supplement 6 Application - Mining/Extraction
    document seq 4.007
  • Supplement 7 Application - Appeal of Decision By Administration Official
    document seq 4.008

Other Applications5 documents

  • Webster County Floodplain Application
    document seq 5.001
  • State DNR-Army Corp Flood Plain Application
    document seq 5.002
  • Home Occupation Application
    document seq 5.003
  • Agricultural Exemption Application
    document seq 5.004
  • Sign Permit Application
    document seq 5.005

Ordinances5 documents

  • Zoning Ordinance
    document seq 6.001
  • Subdivision Ordinance
    document seq 6.002
  • Flood Plain Management Ordinance
    document seq 6.003
  • Dilapidated Building Abatement Ordinance
    document seq 6.004
  • Webster County Ordinances
    document seq 6.005

Unincorporated Webster County Flood Insurance Rate Maps11 documents

  • Conversion Letter
    document seq 7.001
  • Index
    document seq 7.002
  • Page 2
    document seq 7.003
  • Page 3
    document seq 7.004
  • Page 4
    document seq 7.005
  • Page 5
    document seq 7.006
  • Page 6
    document seq 7.007
  • Page 7
    document seq 7.008
  • Page 8
    document seq 7.009
  • Page 9
    document seq 7.01
  • Page 10
    document seq 7.011

Other Documents16 documents

  • Comprehensive Plan
    document seq 8.001
  • Zoning Maps
    document seq 8.002
  • Future Land Use Maps
    document seq 8.003
  • 2019 Building Permit List
    document seq 8.004
  • 2020 Building Permit List
    document seq 8.005