The Planning Department exists to guide public and private development efforts and administer related City ordinances fairly.

Department responsibilities are carried out under the direction of the Planning Commission, City Council, appointed boards and commissions, and the City's Comprehensive Plan while respecting the overall views and interests of the community and people who are impacted by specific projects or changes.

Working with people to build consensus solutions that improve the quality of life in the community and help make Minot a better place in which to live, work, and visit is the goal of the Planning Department. As a city government representative, the Department pledges that people will be treated fair, have the opportunity to be heard, and will be respected in their dealings.