Community Development


The Community Development Department works to provide Inver Grove Heights with a safe, high-quality living environment and a diverse economic and social base.

The department can help you in the following areas:

  • Planning and zoning
  • Licensing and permits
  • Inspections
  • Economic development
  • Northwest area news
  • Current development information

Free Business Solution Webinar Series for Local Businesses

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Open to Business, in partnership with the City of Inver Grove Heights, River Heights Chamber of Commerce and several other local agencies, is hosting a series of FREE 30-minute webinars for local businesses. These webinars will feature local experts to help you navigate COVID-19 related business challenges. 

Tune into the following webinars by registering at the links below:

Employee Legal Considerations & Management: Wednesday, April 8 (8 a.m.)

Creating Value Online: Friday, April 10 (8 a.m.)

Financials - Planning Your Next Steps: Monday, April 13 (8 a.m.)

Improve On-Line Business Performance: Wednesday, April 15 (8 a.m.) 

We want your input!

Request for comment: The Northwest Expansion Area - Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) - Updated Feb 2020

The Northwest Area of Inver Grove Heights is an area of approximately 3,140 acres with about a quarter of it developed. 

The City of Inver Grove Heights has completed a number of special studies in the area related to planning/land use, traffic, and natural resource management. And from those studies compiled the

The purpose of an AUAR is to:

  1. Inventory environmental and cultural resources
  2. Analyze the environmental impacts of the extension of sanitary sewer and water and the subsequent development in the Northwest Area, and 
  3. Provide mitigation strategies for remediating those environmental impacts. 

The AUAR addresses a wide variety of topics, including traffic to stormwater to wildlife and visual impacts.

Why an update now?

The Northwest Area AUAR was completed in 2005 with updates in 2007 and 2014. The most recent 2019 AUAR update was necessary because the City’s Northwest Area is not completely developed and it has been more than five years since the last update. 

Submit your comments by March 16

The comment period for the 2019 AUAR update is from March 2 through March 16, 2020. Please provide comments to Heather Botten at

Are you an entrepreneur looking to open a business in IGH? Welcome! 

Check out this helpful guide to all that our City has to offer new business owners, or call us anytime.

Ever wonder how City development and building fees are utilized? 

Find out more about the services provided by the Community Development Department and how these fees help keep our City safe and livable, as it continues to grow.

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