Building Permits

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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

Residents: See the Building & 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?

Calculate using the building fee calculator (no plans) or building fee calcuator with plans.

How do I schedule an inspection?

The contractor must schedule the inspection. Call the Inspections Department at 952-548-6320 (8:00 am–4:30 pm) 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 9–11 am and 1–4 pm and are scheduled every half hour.


  • Building Permit Application
  • Complete and return with required supporting documents to the Inspections Department at City Hall. We accept permits by email, fax, mail or in person.


  • Administrative Assistant

    Fax: 952-935-1834


Applications will not be processed without payment.


NOTE: If your project takes place in the Minnehaha Creek watershed, it might require additional permits from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. Find out more from the MCWD.

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