Permits & Applications

When do I need a Permit?

A building permit is required for the construction, enlargement, alteration, repair, moving, demolition or change in the use of a building or structure, or the erection, installation, enlargement, alteration, repair, removal, conversion, or replacement of any gas, mechanical, electrical or plumbing system, or other equipment, the installation of which is regulated by the code.

What type of permit do I need?

Find more information (link to permits) about all permit types issued through Construction Services & Inspections.

Who is Responsible to obtain a permit?

The owner, owner’s authorized agent, or the person causing the work to be done is responsible to obtain the permit. Permits are issued in accordance with MN contractor licensing regulations. 

When is a permit not required?

There are many circumstances where a permit is not required. To see permit exemptions, click on the appropriate permit type associated with your project.

Why do I need a permit?

The building code is established by the state of Minnesota to protect health, safety, and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the building environment and to provide safety to firefighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.

Other reasons to obtain permits:

  • It keeps your contractor honest.
  • The code can guide your do-it-yourself project
  • Obtaining permits may keep your insurance valid. Building done without a permit can mean that your insurance company may not honor your policy. A fire resulting from work without a permit could leave you without an insurance settlement. If someone falls off a deck that was built without a permit, your liability insurance may not cover the injuries.
  • Documentation that work and inspections were done in accordance with the code can add value when you sell your home. If you perform work without a permit, you can assume a potential buyer will know about it. Construction Services receives many inquiries about a home's permit history prior to a buyer making a purchase offer. The permit process is a matter of public record. In addition, you may be required to sign a Property Disclosure Statement, in which you have to reveal all problems or defects in the property. Having all the necessary permits makes the sale proceed much more smoothly.