Permit Process

Prior to a building being constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, or demolished a permit is required. If you are the homeowner, and you will be doing the work yourself, you are able to pull your own permit(s). If you are hiring a contractor, they should pull the required permits for the work that they will be doing. Before hiring a contractor, verify they have a license and bond from the State of Minnesota. The contractor should pull the required permits for the work that they will be doing. Prior to closing your project, verify that the contractor has scheduled and completed all inspections.

Permits Issued at Elk River City Hall

Projects that require a building permit, but can be issued at the time of application are:

  • Mechanical (residential only)
  • Plumbing (residential only)
  • Sewer and water
  • Re-siding
  • Window and/or door replacement (no change to existing window or door size)

These permits will be processed when you submit your application in person at Elk River City Hall.

Applications submitted online or via email will usually be processed within 1 - 2 business days (subject to change without notice). We will contact you for payment information when the permit is ready to be issued.

Permits that Require Plan Review

Projects that require a permit application and plans include: 

  • Decks
  • Porches
  • Basement finishes
  • Additions, alterations, and remodels

Plans must meet the requirements of the Minnesota State Building Code and must be neatly drawn to scale and clearly depict the nature of the work proposed. Examples of information required on plans can be found in our handouts section. Building Department staff members will review those plans for conformance to applicable codes. Plans that do not provide the information and detail necessary to conduct a review will be returned to the applicant for revision.

Please understand this is our busiest time of year. Permits requiring plan review make take up to 2-3 weeks depending on 1) if a complete application was originally submitted and 2) staffing levels. If issues arise during the review, they will be identified on the plan or you will be contacted directly for a solution. If you are contacted regarding an issue, please respond at your earliest convenience to avoid further delay in the review process.

Once the review is complete, you will be notified that you can pick up your permit and the permit fee is paid at this time. Once the fee is paid, the permit will be issued and work may proceed. Permits with plans must be picked up in person at the Building counter.

No Permit Required

Some projects that do not require a permit include cosmetic changes such as paint, wall paper, floor covering, cabinets, countertops, tiled backsplash, vanities, trim, baseboard, interior doors, fences, retaining walls less than 4 feet in height, and sheds 200 square feet or less.

If you are unsure whether you need a permit, contact the Building Division and explain what you will be doing. Staff will advise you if the work you are doing is regulated and whether or not a permit is required.


Permits can be paid for by cash, credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover), or check. 
Note: Do not email or fax credit card information.

Expired Permits

In accordance with Minnesota Rules, permits expire within 180 days of issuance if no work is started and no inspections have been called in by the permit holder. Permits also expire if work has started, but then is suspended for more than 180 days and no inspections are called in by the permit holder.

Contact Us

  1. Bob R.

    Bob Ruprecht
    Building Official
    Ph: 763-635-1060

    Department Staff

    13065 Orono Parkway
    Elk River, MN  55330

    8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (M-F)

    Summer Hours:
    7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (M-Th)
    7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (F)

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If you have any questions regarding permits or the permit process, contact the Building Safety Division at 763-635-1060 or review the Frequently Asked Questions.