Community Development

The Community Development Department is responsible for the review of building plans and the implementation of land use plans and policies of the City Council through administration of ordinances. The Department reviews permit and land use applications to ensure compliance with land use, setback, hardcover, floodplain management, and other City requirements. The department provides service and information to the general public, property owners, builders, and developers on all aspects of development and land use within Orono.

The Community Development Department provides support to the City Council and Planning Commission on land use applications and special projects. Please call or email one of the planning staff members if you have any questions related to development of your property, current land use applications, or general land use questions.

New Permit Review/ Inspection Process

Effective Monday, March 15, 2021, the City of Orono Building Official will be Scott Qualle of MnSpect.  Scott and his team will handle all code review, inspections, and documentation related to the building, plumbing, mechanical and septic codes.  Permits will continue to be processed through Citizen Serve, but direct all inspection requests and general building code inquiries to MnSpect at 952-442-7520 or via email at