The Planning and Zoning office administers and enforces the provisions and regulations of the Monroe County Unified Development Code.

  Monroe County - Planning and Zoning

This office administers and enforces the provisions and regulations of the Monroe County Unified Development Code.  Monroe County passed Comprehensive Zoning in 1987.  This ordinance and regulations are in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 335 of the CODE of Iowa and adopted and passed by the Monroe County Board of Supervisors.

Click here to review the purpose(s) of zoning and the Unified Development Code

These regulations shall apply to all of the unincorporated area located within the County limit boundaries but lying outside the corporate limits of any city in Monroe County.

See Section 1.6 for Application of the Unified Development Code and 1.7 for Exemptions to the Code.

Click here to review Resolution for Fees and other information regarding fees.

The use of buildings and land within the County shall be subject to all other applicable provisions of other Monroe County Ordinances as well as this Code.  (See Section 1.9 of Code)

The BOARD OF SUPERVISORS have the authority to adopt and establish zoning rules and regulations.  Click here for the listing of additional powers and responsibilities.

The ZONING ADMINISTRATOR shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors.  The Zoning Administrator shall have the responsibility and authority to administer and enforce the provisions of this Code.  Click here for the listing of duties and responsibilities.

The BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT is a five (5) member Quasi-Judicial Board that has final say on matters on which it has jurisdiction.  Click here for Powers, Duties and Responsibilities, By-Laws, etc..

The PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION is a seven (7) member board that is a recommending body to the Board of Supervisors on matters of their jurisdiction.  Click here for Powers, Duties and Responsibilities; By-Laws, etc..

CLICK HERE to view the Monroe County Unified Development Code in PDF format
CLICK HERE to view the Monroe County Comprehensive Plan in PDF format
*this is a large file, and may take some time to download
Notice General Public of open session
October 11, 2016 at 5:30pm
Click here for the Agenda

Address of Planning and Zoning Office:
County Courthouse
County Engineer's Office
10 Benton Avenue East
Albia, IA 52531

Office Hours:
8:00am - 4:00pm
Monday - Friday

Floodplain Picture
Monroe County has officially been mapped for floodplain areas. ANYONE that builds any type of structure in a floodplain area must get a permit. Click here to read the Ordinance.

Phone Number:

FAX Number:

Planning & Zoning Administrator:
Juanita Murphy

Office Staff & Secretary to Planning & Zoning / Board of Adjustment:
Chris Crall

Planning and Zoning Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Planning & Zoning office

Planning and Zoning Links for a Placement Permit:
Iowa Electrical Examining Board

Iowa One Call
(call before you dig)


ADLM for Septic Permitting Information

E911 for Rural Addressing Information

County Engineer
for Driveway Access