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Planning & Zoning

Tornado Victim Permit Waivers

The County Board of Supervisors has passed two resolutions waiving certain building requirements for tornado victims. Resolution No. 2024-07 waives building permit fees related to repair or reconstruction of tornado damaged structures. Resolution 2024-08 waives the Conditional Use Permit requirement for an accessory structure being constructed prior to the principal structure, and it also waives the Conditional Use Permit requirement for a mobile home being used as a temporary residence.


For more information regarding these resolutions, contact the Planning and Zoning Office at or 402-426-6872.

Chris Shewchuk, AICP

Planning and Zoning Administrator

Washington County, NE


The County Planning Department consists of four full-time employees:

  1. Planning Administrator

  2. Planning Administrative Assistant

  3. Building Inspector

  4. Office Administrative Assistant

Census information is available through the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) at

1555 Colfax Street
Blair, NE  68008
(402) 426-6872
Fax:  (402) 426-6843

Planning Commission

Matt Mathiesen, Chairman
Michael R. Smith, Vice-Chair
Gary Lambrecht
Greg Hoegermeyer
Kevin Hartzell
David Taylor
Mike Anderson

Resolution to Uphold Zoning and Zoning Enforcement

Washington County Permits

Washington County Building Permit Applications

Zoning Permit Applications

Electrical Permits

Mechanical Permits

Plumbing Permits

Roofing/Siding/Gutter Permits

Septic Permit

Public Documents & Links

Chris Shewchuk, Planning & Zoning Administrator

Chris Shewchuk, Planning & Zoning Administrator


John Manson, Building Inspector

John Manson, Building Inspector

(Permits & Inspections)


Helpful Links
  • Private well testing for high nitrates available
  • Papio watershed program sponsored by Papio NRD helps make rural intersection safer.

  • Independent Review & Evaluation of the Economic Analyses of the USACE Papio Creek & Tributaries Lakes, NE General Re-evaluation Report

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