Environmental Services

Environmental Services is a division of Public Works that includes Zoning (Ordinance and Land Use Permits), Septic Systems, Feedlots, Solid Waste Regulation and Recycling, as well as Water Planning and Floodplain Management in Mower County.


Effective January 1, 2021 Mower County Burning Permits are issued from Environmental Services through Mower County's GeoPermits service.  The online payment system (using credit card or electronic check) is now available!  Please note that a 2.5% service charge applies to electronic transactions.  Other available permit requests include 911 addressing  & Driveway/Access permits, with more to come!  An email address is required to initiate a permit request - please call our office if you do not have email or access to internet.  

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We will continue to accept payments in-person, by mail, or over the phone at the Public Works Building (1105 8th Ave NE, Austin) from 7a - 4p Monday - Friday.  You may call 507-437-7718 to arrange for payment.  

Do you have a question, or need some information?  email us at: zoning@co.mower.mn.us

Access the Environmental Services Map to view features of your property, see approximate parcel boundaries, or sketch your site drawing.  Many other maps and apps are available at the main GIS HUB page!

Environmental Services is the home for Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment/Appeals.  

Find past meeting Agendas and approved Minutes in the archives at the Agenda Center (also under the Board tab)

Current meetings are posted on the Notices page

2021 Calendar:2021 Public Hearing Calendar