Can I improve or expand my non-conforming structure?

Section 1215.02.D of the Sunfish Lake Zoning Ordinance addresses expansion of non-conforming structures as follows:

“Legally non-conforming, non-income producing single family residential buildings which violate setback standards and/or minimum size requirements may be expanded to improve livability when approved subject to site and building plan review requirements, provided that the non-conformity is not increased beyond the existing conditions upon the lot and no other deviations with the Zoning Ordinance standards are created.”

Any building or structure that is damaged or destroyed may be rebuilt to its original dimensions provided a building permit is obtained within six months of the date of destruction and work is completed within 18 months of such date of destruction.

We are a small community proud of our heritage and committed to the preservation of our pristine, rural character. We cherish our privacy, yet know we are part of a thriving Dakota County and the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. With these partnerships in mind, we strive to preserve that unique spirit which is Sunfish Lake, Minnesota.