Environmental Services

The Itasca County Environmental Services office is responsible for a wide degree of programming within the county including:  planning and zoning, zoning permitting, subsurface sewage treatment program, shoreland alterations, solid waste and recycling programming, and staff acts as the liaisons to the Aquatic Invasive Species Program.  ​​Our staff is dedicated to serving our citizens and protecting our pristine environment and resources within the county. 


If you'd like to avoid an in-person transaction during this time, you can proceed with the permit process through email. Forward a copy of your site plan to one of the following representatives:
​     Walker Maasch: walker.maasch@co.itasca.mn.us
​     Katie Benes: katie.benes@co.itasca.mn.us

​​In your site plan, please include the following information:​
​• Your name, property address and phone number ​
​• Your parcel number
​​• North facing arrow ​
​• Property lines
​​• The location of the new structure ​
​• The dimensions of the new structure ​
​• Arrows that indicate how far the structure will be from Ordinary High Water Level (OHWL)​
​• Arrows that indicate how far the structure will be from property lines
​​• Arrows that indicate the setback from the road.


​For MPCA permitting reasons the City of Grand Rapids is discontinuing the recycling program that has, for years, operated in the Super 1 South parking lot on Saturday mornings. Recycling is accepted  at the Itasca County Transfer Station, Monday-Saturday, 8:30am-5:00pm, at no charge.