Permits / Construction

Building Permits
Building permits are required for most home improvement projects, such as:
  • Decks, porches and fences
  • Finishing a basement
  • Garages and utility sheds
  • New additions and remodeling
  • New construction
  • Plumbing; heating; electrical work
  • Re-roofing
  • Re-siding
  • Window replacement
There is a penalty for starting construction prior to the issuance of a building permit.

Ensuring Safety & Code Standards
Getting a building permit helps you to ensure that your project meets safety and building code standards. The city has checklists to let you know exactly what to supply with each application. For building permit information, call 952-856-4478. For building code information and inspections, call 763-479-1720.

Processing Time

New and Minor Construction permits may take up to 15 business days to process once all necessary documentation has been submitted to the city. Remember to call the Building Inspector at 763-479-1720 a minimum of 24 hours in advance to schedule inspections. Have your building permit number available when scheduling inspections.

General Permits (Re-Roof, Re-Side, Windows)

General Permits are issued for residential re-roofing projects, re-siding, and window replacement projects. These permits may be issued at the time of application at City Hall.

New Construction
A completed application must be submitted to City Hall along with heat calculations, 2 copies of a certified land survey showing where the structure is in relation to the lot lines, and 2 sets of building plans.

Minor Construction
Minor construction refers to additions, remodeling, basement finish, fences, decks, porches, garages, utility sheds, etc.

A completed application must be submitted to City Hall along with 2 sets of plans and a site plan showing where the new structure is located in relation to the lot lines.