Heavy Manufacturing (raw material used)

Where is your Heavy Manufacturing* business allowed?
Heavy manufacturing facilities are allowed in selected zoning districts in Elk River. Refer to the map of permitted locations for your heavy manufacturing business.

What types of approval are required for your heavy manufacturing business?
Heavy manufacturing facilities are a conditional use in allowed zoning districts. To determine what zoning districts allow heavy manufacturing, view the "What Permit Is Needed" chart.

Conditional Use
This is reviewed through a public hearing process at the Planning Commission and City Council after submittal of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). If all required information is submitted, and no unforeseen issues arise, the CUP process takes about two months from application deadline to the review at City Council. Once a CUP is approved, site inspections may be required for compliance to City Council-approved conditions and the CUP must be recorded at Sherburne County. All conditions must be met and the CUP recorded before you can start operating your business. The timeline after City Council approval is driven by you the applicant.

Click here for more information on the CUP process and to download the application.

Questions or need help?
City planning staff is here to assist you with the review process of your heavy manufacturing business. Prior to submitting a Site Plan or CUP application, please contact us at 763-635-1000 or send us an email with any questions, to discuss the desired location, review required information, and verify if additional reviews/applications (platting, easement vacations, etc.) may be required.

Need help with signage for your heavy manufacturing business?
Follow this link and once you are in the online code, please scroll to your specific zoning district (for example: Sec 30-871. C-3 highway commercial district) to identify the sign regulations for your business.

*Manufacturing, heavy means a use engaged in the basic processing, manufacturing, packaging, assembly, compounding or treatment of materials or products predominantly from extracted or raw materials, or a use engaged in storage of or manufacturing processes using flammable or explosive materials, or storage or manufacturing processes that potentially involve hazardous or commonly recognized offensive conditions.