Building Safety

The Building Safety Division oversees all residential and commercial building, mechanical, plumbing, fire alarms/sprinklers, sewer & water/septic permits issued in the city limits. The Minnesota Building and Fire Codes are enforced and adhered to on all permits. Some exceptions to this requirement are listed in the building code. Obtaining a permit, by a homeowner and/or contractor, ensures safety and full compliance with the Minnesota State Building Code.


Permits are required for most residential and commercial projects, including, but not limited to:

  • Decks
  • Porches
  • Finishing a Basement
  • Sheds/Outbuildings (over 200 square feet)
  • Additions and Remodeling
  • New Construction
  • Plumbing
  • Mechanical/HVAC
  • Re-roofing
  • Re-siding
  • Window Replacement
  • Door Replacement
  • Electrical (issued by the State)