Building Permits

A building permit is required for work that is regulated by the building code. This includes:

  • Any work done to the permanent weather resistive surfaces of the dwelling such as the siding, windows, or roof
  • A change in the use of a space or the finishing of unfinished space, such as your basement
  • The building of additions, garages, and decks
  • New construction


See the Building and Remodeling section to find helpful guides to applying for permits, the inspections process, and projects such as decks, garages, and finishing your basement.

Who Can Apply for the Permit?

For residential building projects:

  • The owner of an existing single-family dwelling, or
  • A contractor with a State Residential License (must have a hard copy on file with the City

For commercial building projects:

Supporting Documents

Decks, additions, garages or new homes need 2 sets of building plans, including 2 sets of site plans, showing the property lines and where the building is on the property and all other dimensions.

How Much Will the Permit Cost?

Contact the Inspections Department at 952-548-6320 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for an estimation value. 

How Do I Schedule an Inspection?

The contractor must schedule the inspection. Call the Inspections Department at 952-548-6320 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or use the online request form. Schedule your inspection at least 24 hours in advance. When calling for an inspection you will be asked to provide the address, permit number and type of inspection you are requesting. Inspections are done 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. and are scheduled every half hour.