Planning & Development Department

Planning & Development Department

Willmar’s Planning and Development Department has the honor of being able to help and collaborate with the public, City Hall, the private sector, and other partners to preserve and enhance the quality of community life and employment opportunities. We do this through the creation of economic development programs and the evaluation of construction proposals for adherence to the goals and objectives of the City’s Building Codes, Comprehensive Plan, and Zoning Ordinances. 

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Planning and Development Director
David P. Ramstad, PhD

City of Willmar
333 Southwest 6th Street
Willmar, Minnesota  56201
Phone:  320-235-8311
Email: David Ramstad
Fax:  320-235-4917

Planning & Development Contact Details

  • Permit Applications: The City Hall front desk will accept permit applications at the door, or applicants may email their documents to the Building Official Tom Rosemeier, followed by emails and phone communications with the Building Official at 320-214-5187 or 320-444-7346.  
  • Planning and Zoning Applications and Questions: The City Hall front desk will accept zoning and signage applications and documents, or applicants may email their documents to the City Planning Intern Alex Rau, followed by emails and phone communications with the City Planning Intern at 320-214-5195.
  • Inspections continue for large construction projects with a value greater than $500K (Non-Single Family)
  • Inspections of construction projects with a value less than $500K (Non-Single Family): Building Official Tom Rosemeier accepts emailed digital photos of installations prior to burial or closing walls and floors to Tom Rosemeier (Tel: 320-214-5187 or 320-444-7346), with the exception of the following projects/installations that must be inspected:
    • State projects
    • Railroad projects
    • Plumbing
    • Life/Safety Items (i.e. fire separation walls, smoke walls, sprinkler systems, and alarms)
    • Final Inspections
    • Any other project-specific items Building Official deems necessary to inspect
  • Inspections of Single Family Home Construction: The City Hall front desk will accept permit applications & documents, or applicants are welcome to email their documents to the Building Official Tom Rosemeier (Tel: 320-214-5187 or 320-444-7346), followed by emails and phone communications with the Building Official.  Inspections would continue for:
    • Footings & Foundation Wall Rebar Inspections
    • Framing
    • Building Final
    • Any other project-specific items Inspector deems necessary to inspect
  • Rental Licensing Inspections:  Contact Inspector Jacen Zwagerman, or by phone at 320-905-6757 or 320-214-5179.
  • Main Street, V2040, EDC, and other meetings will be attended by phone or other electronic formats.