General Information

A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications.  Building permits are needed to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert or demolish any building or structure except as exempted within this article.  Building permits must be obtained prior to commencement of work.

What Do I Get For Having a Permit?

The Permit:  Once you have been approved for a permit, you have legal permission to start construction.  A fee, based on the size of the job, is collected to cover the cost of the application, the review and the inspection process.  An experienced code official is available to you should you have any questions concerning your project.  You should consider your code official as an ally who will help you make your project a success.  Normally, separate permits are required for electrical, plumbing, and heating or air-conditioning work.

Review Process:  The Building Official will review your plans and determine if your project is in compliance with local requirements.  If your plans meet these requirements, a permit is issued.  If not, the code official may suggest solutions to help correct the problem.

Job-Site Visits:  On-site inspections will be required to make certain the work conforms to the permit, local codes and plans.  Again, you will have access to the expertise of the code official to help you with questions or concerns regarding the project and to ward off potentially costly mistakes.  The code official will let you know approximately how many inspections may be needed for your project.  Usually, a one or two-day notice is needed when requesting visits.

Final Approval:  The Code Official will provide documentation when construction is complete and code compliance is determined.  You will then have the personal satisfaction of a job done right.  Enjoy your new surroundings with the peace of mind and the knowledge that they meet the safety standards in your community.

To confirm if your contractor is licensed in Minnesota, contact:
Department of Labor and Industry
Residential Building Contractors
Phone:  (651) 284-5069 or 1-800-657-3944


For more building information, please visit: