Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

Since April 19, 1966 many of the rural areas of Jackson County, all shoreland areas (areas located within 1000 feet of a lake or flowage and 300 feet of a river or stream), and townships that have adopted comprehensive zoning have been governed by Jackson County Chapter 17, Zoning Ordinance.   Land has been designated for specific uses, large amounts of land are zoned for various agricultural uses while others are zoned for uses such as residential, business, and industrial.

The Zoning Ordinance protects you and your property by:

  • Guiding growth and development.
  • Protecting agricultural productive lands.
  • Enhancing recreational opportunities.
  • Protecting our scenic beauty and natural resources.
  • Preventing and resolving conflicts between land uses.

There are five main regulatory review and approval processes for construction and land development.  These processes include the following:

  • Land Use Permits
  • Zone Changes
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Variance Requests
  • Land Divisions and Subdivision or Platting

Our goal is to utilize land in harmony with neighboring uses and natural resources, by protecting the health, safety and welfare of our citizens as well as our environment.  

If you are considering development or a project on your property, the Jackson County Zoning Department should be the initial contact. 

References and Helpful Links:

Application and Issuance



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