Building Inspections

The Chief Building Official is responsible for interpreting, administering and enforcing the Minnesota State Building Code. Anyone undertaking a building, mechanical or plumbing project or improvement is required by law to:
  • Apply for, and receive, a Building Permit from the Building Inspector before any work is started
  • Schedule and facilitate inspections that will be required through out the project work

Benefits of Receiving a Building Permit
Ensures that completed projects will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, friends, or future owners

  • Helps maintain the value of your home or business
  • Protects the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction
  • Generally ensures the public's health, safety, and welfare
 Building Permit Process Steps
  1. Fill out and submit the Permit Application(s): Building & Zoning Permit or Residential Maintenance Permit.
    1.  Normally, separate Permits are required for building, plumbing, and heating or air-conditioning work. Electrical permits are issued through the state electrical inspector not through this office.
    2. You'll need to document the "Who, What, When, Where and How" of the job, and provide detailed plans of the proposed work.
    3. The Building Inspector will review your plans and determine if your project is in compliance with code and building safety requirements.
    4. If your plans meet the requirements, you'll be issued the Permit.
    5. If your plans do not meet the requirements, the Building Inspector will advise you as to what portions require additional information. You can then re-submit the Application
  2. Pay the Fee and Receive the Permit
    1. The Permit fee is based on the size and value of the job and covers the costs of the application, review and inspection processes.
    2. Once you've received your Permit, you have legal permission to start your project work.
    3. Through the process, the Building Inspector will be available to answer questions concerning your project.
  3. Call to schedule Job-site Inspections
    1. Job-site Inspections are required to make certain the work conforms to the Permit, local codes and plans.
    2. The Building Inspector will let you know approximately how many Inspections you'll need to schedule for your particular project and are noted on the Inspection Card. A minimum 24 hour notice is needed when requesting Inspections.
    3. Inspections also enable you to take advantage of the Building Inspector's experience and expertise; feel free to ask questions or voice any concerns about your project.
  4. Receive Final Approval and Final Legal Documentation
    1. Once you've had your final Inspection, the Building Inspector will provide documentation that the project is complete and is in compliance with code standards.