Land Resources

Provides planning, land & water conservation, and land use permitting services.

The Land Resources Division strives to protect and improve land and water resources and provide a thoughtfully planned future by: 

  • Providing exceptional customer service through technical and professional expertise.
  • Implementing local and state laws as a well governed and administered county.
  • Providing education and administering programs to help accomplish the proper management of our natural resources for an improved quality of life.
  • Guiding agricultural businesses to ensure sustainable and economically viable farmland.
  • Engaging the public through conservation programs that provide for the stewardship of our natural resources.
  • Advancing the County's strategic goals & initiatives through collaborative planning.
  • Developing plans that promote responsible growth and support a positive quality of life.
  • Providing planning expertise to assist County departments and local governments.

The Private On-Site Wastewater Treatment System (POWTS) Search and Reporting Application provides information about the POWTS installed in Washington County and a method for licensed plumbers to file pumping/inspection reports electronically.

Our planning, land & water conservation, and land use permitting services are categorized below by specific clientele.

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Homeowners & Residents

Provides programs and educational information on natural resource protection for your property.  




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Educators & Group Leaders

Information on natural resource protection for youth & adult programs.

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Farmers &

Programs and information on agricultural land, conservation and nutrient management.




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Developers & Contractors

Provides information on ordinances and permits  specific to developers  and contractors.

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Permits &

Provides information on permits, forms, ordinances and related links.




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Long-Range & Strategic Plans

Information and links to Countywide long-range plans, strategic plans and reports.