Environmental Services


In an effort to take proactive measures to protect the health and safety of the Rice County Environmental Services Department, our Building Inspections and Zoning Division Office is closed to the public. You can obtain information regarding and are able to submit many residential building and/or zoning permits using the links below. Please contact our office at 507-332-6113 if you have any questions.

The mission of the Rice County Environmental Service Department is to proactively address the needs of the community by providing solution-oriented services and standards that facilitate development and growth of the local economy; reduce and manage waste; and protect, and enhance the quality of life and environment for current and future generations.

Online Permitting System

Visit the Online Permitting page for more information and to apply for building and zoning permits.

Comprehensive Plan

Rice County is in the process of updating the Rice County Comprehensive Plan and values your input on how the county should develop over the next 20 years. Please see the Comprehensive Plan page for more information.

Noxious Weed Notice