The Building Department oversees all residential and commercial building permits issued in the City.  The Minnesota State Building Codes are enforced and adhered to on all permits.  It is illegal to work without a permit.  Obtaining a permit either by a property owner and/or contractor ensures safety as well as full compliance with the Minnesota State Code.  Review of permit applications also ensures that projects meet zoning requirements, such as setbacks and building heights.  Applications for permits should be submitted well in advance of the scheduled starting date.  This will allow time for City staff to offer assistance through the process and issue the permit at the start of the project.  This is especially true during the summer construction season.  Various inspections are required for all permits.

*To schedule an inspection, please call 763.497.9923 (Permit number & site address are required to schedule the inspection)

Please note the City now accepts on-line payments.

A completed building permit application is required for any type of construction, improvement, or demolition to a building. The City requires to be approved before any work is done. If work begins before the approval, a penalty fee may apply.

Building permits are required for all of the following:

  • New home construction
  • Garage/accessory building/shed
  • Addition
  • Porch
  • Deck
  • Basement finish
  • Remodel
  • Swimming pool
  • Re-roof/Re-side
  • Window/door replacement
  • Heating/central air replacement
  • Gas fireplace
  • Irrigation system
  • Fence
  • Demolition
  • Water heater/water softener

**Contractor Requirement Form – Contractors must complete this form annually before work can be done
Fire Safety Application (editable PDF)
Permanent Sign Permit Application (editable PDF)
Permanent Sign Permit Application – OUTLET MALL ONLY (editable PDF)
Right-of-Way Permit Application (editable PDF)
Temporary Outdoor Seasonal Sales Permit Application (editable PDF)
Temporary Sign Permit Application (editable PDF)
Vacant Property Registration Form (editable PDF)


Accessory Building Checklist
Basement Finish Checklist
Commercial New Construction
Deck Handout
Fence Handout
Re-roof Checklist
Re-side Checklist
Swimming Pool Handout
New Single Family Dwelling

Maeghan Becker
Building Permit Tech
763.497.3384 x103

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