Planning & Zoning Overview

County zoning is authorized under Iowa Code Chapter 335. Article 335.3 states : . . . the board of supervisors may by ordinance regulate and restrict the height, number of structures, and size of buildings and other structures, the percentage of lot that may be occupied, the size of yards, courts, and other open spaces, the density of population, and the location and use of buildings, structures, and land for trade, industry, residence, or other purposes, and may regulate, restrict and prohibit the use for residential purposes of tents, trailers, and portable or potentially portable structures. However, such powers shall be exercised only within the county but lying outside the corporate limits of any city.

Shelby County Construction Approval Application (PDF)


Shelby County Planning & Zoning Board



7 members - 4-year staggered terms - Appointed by Board of Supervisors

Tony J. Buman, Zoning Administrator - 712-755-5718

Karen Goans - 12-31-2016

Marsha J Carter - 12-31-2016

Terry Cox - 12-31-2015

Carolyn Blum - 12-31-2014

Jon Noon - 12-31-2014

Marvin Kenkel - 12-31-2013

Duane Errett - 12-31-2013

Shelby County Comprehensive Plan (PDF)

Shelby County Ordinance Index - Title VI - Property & Land Use

1983-1 - Ordinance to Limit Height of Objects Around an Airport

2001-7 - Amendment to Shelby County Zoning Ordinance Maps for Ordinance No. 2001-2

2002-1 - Amendment to Shelby County Zoning Ordinance Maps for Ordinance No. 2001-2

2004-2 - Ordinance Regulating the Subdivision of Land Amending/Repealing Ordinance 1973-1, 1991-3, 1992-2, 1995-2, 1997-1, & 2001-1

2006-6 - Shelby County Zoning Regulations Amending/Repealing Original Ordinance No. 1973-1, 1991-3, 1992-1, 1995-1, and 2001-2

2008-2 - Assessment of Wind Energy Conversion Property

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