Inspection Process

  1. Before You Begin a Project
  2. FAQ
  3. Inspections
  4. Rental Checklist
  5. Solar Checklist


Inspections are required on all permits, and are done to ensure that existing buildings and new residential constructions are aligned with the current Minnesota Residential Building Code and the current Minnesota Building Code for commercial buildings.

Building codes provide minimum standards for safety by regulating and controlling design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy, location and maintenance of buildings, structures and certain equipment. 

When Do I Need a Permit?

Building permits are generally required for all construction and remodeling, roofs, siding, windows, plumbing, and mechanical work. Work such as painting, flooring, and installing cabinets do not require a building permit. If you are unsure if you need a permit, contact the Inspections Department.

Overview of the Inspection Process

The general process of obtaining a permit is as follows:

  1. Discuss the project with the Inspections Department to clarify requirements and ensure that the project can be done.
  2. Submit the appropriate application, fees, and any other required documentation.
  3. Receive a permit card after you application is approved. In most cases, the permit card must be posted on the site.
  4. Schedule inspections. Required inspections are listed on the permit card. No project is considered complete without a final inspection!

Permits, Fees, & Handouts has more specific requirements for each project type. However, since each project is very unique, please contact the Inspections Department before you get started. 

How to Apply/Payments

Some forms and applications can be submitted electronically. For more complex projects, you need to come in to Inspections Department in City Hall to fill out paper copies of applications and forms.

Building permit fees vary by project are based on the value of all proposed improvements and are designed to offset the expenses of plan review and inspection services.  

See Permits, Fees, & Handouts for specific information on application requirements and fees for each type of inspection.

Scheduling Inspections

Inspections are required on all permits. To schedule an inspection, please call 507-457-8231. A four-hour notice is required for all inspections. When calling for an inspection, please provide an address where the work is being done, a permit number, type of inspection, name, and phone number.

View the Inspections tab on the left for more inspection information.