Building permits are required for almost all new construction and remodeling projects. Projects like new gas lines, plumbing lines, exhaust fans, fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters, shingling, siding and many others all require permits. If you have any questions about whether your project requires a permit, please call Steve Anderson (the City’s Building Official) at 507.526.7336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download a fillable copy of the City’s Building Permit Application.
Download a copy of the Building Permit Waiver.
Download a list of Required Building Permit Documents.
Below is a partial list of the projects that do not require a building permit:
- One-story detached accessory structures, used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet. A site plan is required to be submitted to the City prior to beginning the building project.
- Fences not over seven feet high. (A City Fence Permit Application is required for submitting a site plan.)
- Retaining walls that are not over four feet (1,219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II, or III-A liquids.
- Decks and platforms not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade and not attached to a structure with frost footings and which is not part of an accessible route.
- Sidewalks and driveways that are not part of an accessible route.
- Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops, and similar finish work.
- Window repair and replacement but only if the wall structure is not changed.
- Wall coverings and painting.
- Cabinet installation.
- Toilet replacement.
- Faucet replacement.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the contractor you hire is licensed, bonded and insured. You may be liable for injuries suffered by a contractor working on your job, or you may not have recourse if a job is done wrong if the contractor is not licensed, bonded and insured. It is wise to ask a contractor for proof of licensure and insurance before allowing the contractor to begin work. Verify if a contractor is licensed by the State of Minnesota.
Citizen’s Guide to Home Building and Remodeling.
Consumer’s Guide to Hiring a Residential Contractor.
Building Contractors and Remodelers: All residential building contractors and residential remodelers who contract with an owner to construct or improve dwellings for habitation by one to four families (including detached garages) and perform two or more special skills must be licensed unless exempt. The licensing requirement also applies to any person acting as a “spec” homebuilder. The only difference between a residential building contractor and residential remodeler is a residential building contractor can build new homes and work on existing structures, whereas a remodeler can only work on existing structures. Owners working on their own property must also be licensed if they build or remodel for the sole purpose of speculation or resale.
Roofer: A residential roofer is defined as a person engaged in the business of doing work on residential real estate (one to four family dwellings, including detached garages) in roof coverings, roof sheathing, roof weatherproofing and insulation, and repair of roof systems, but not construction of new roof systems.
Contractor’s Recovery Fund: The Contractor’s Recovery Fund compensates owners or lessees of residential property in Minnesota who have suffered an actual and direct out-of-pocket loss due to a licensed contractor’s fraudulent, deceptive or dishonest practices, conversion of funds or failure of performance. You are ineligible to the Contractor’s Recovery Fund if you hire an unlicensed contractor.