Planning

Department Responsibilities

The Community Development Department administers and enforces the city’s zoning code, comprehensive plan, and design standards. The department provides technical assistance to both the Planning Commission and City Council. The Community Development Department is also responsible for the review of development applications to ensure compliance with Wayzata’s ordinances and policies.

Community Development During COVID-19 Pandemic Closure

2020 Temporary Outdoor Patio Permit

In response to the COIVD-19 pandemic and the Governor’s Executive Order 20-56, the City of Wayzata has created a Temporary Outdoor Patio Permit that allows for temporary and/or expanded outdoor dining areas within the right-of-way adjacent to the business or within the business’ property. If your business has a liquor, wine or beer license with the City, the Temporary Outdoor Patio Permit can be used for temporary and/or expanded outdoor dining areas. Executive Order 20-56 allows outdoor dining areas limited to 50 persons and must provide 6 feet between tables. Additional requirements for the outdoor service areas can be found at https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/safework/.

Completed Temporary Outdoor Patio Permits can be sent to Nick Kieser at nkieser@wayzata.org or dropped off at Wayzata City Hall at 600 Rice Street East Wayzata, MN 55391.

2020 Temporary Outdoor Patio Permit

Temporary Outdoor Patio Permit Checklist

Hold Harmless Agreement is only needed for an outdoor patio that is located in the City right-of-way. 

Development Applications

To apply for a development application, submit all of the required documents via email to either Emily Goellner at egoellner@wayzata.org or Nick Kieser at nkieser@wayzata.org. Staff will continue to review the development applications and communicate the potential Planning Commission and City Council meeting dates. To submit the development application fee and escrow, mail a check to Wayzata City Hall at 600 Rice Street East Wayzata, MN 55391. Please confirm the amount with staff before mailing.

Fence/Sign/Outdoor Sidewalk Café Permit Applications

To apply for a fence, sign, or outdoor sidewalk café permit, send all of the required information or any questions to Nick Kieser at nkieser@wayzata.org. The review time for these applications will not be significantly affected. For the application fees required, send a check to Wayzata City Hall at 600 Rice Street East Wayzata, MN 55391. You can confirm the amount with staff before sending.

Zoning Letters

To request a Zoning Letter, submit the address and any additional information to Nick Kieser at nkieser@wayzata.org. Send the required Zoning Letter fee to Wayzata City Hall at 600 Rice Street East Wayzata, MN 55391. You can confirm the amount with staff before sending.

Zoning Information Requests 

For any zoning related questions, contact Nick Kieser at nkieser@wayzata.org or at 952-404-5313. You can also access the City Code at https://library.municode.com/mn/wayzata/codes/code_of_ordinances.

Planning Commission Meeting Information

In support of the Governor’s Stay Safe Mn Executive Order Planning Commission meetings will be held virtually. Learn how to access a virtual meeting and on how the public can participate.