Permits & Licenses


In order to comply with the most recent recommendations about social distancing we have decided to temporarily close all City facilities to the public (including City Hall).

We are also suspending rental inspections until June 30 (keeping in line with closure of City Facilities). 

Residential Building Inspections 
Building inspections within occupied residences are suspended. Exterior inspections will continue to inspect exterior work.that take place inside an occupied residences have been suspended. This will continue until April 15 and is subject to change. City staff will work with residents on a case-by-case basis for interior inspections upholding the CDC guidelines.

If you have additional questions, comments or concerns please contact us by:

Commercial Inspections
Commercial inspections will continue as normal until further notice and follow CDC guidelines for social distancing. 

Inspection staff is available by phone at 952-895-4444 or via e-mail at for consultations during this time.

We know that there will likely continue to be changes as the situation changes and we will continue to communicate with you as quickly as possible. For the most up-to-date information regarding the City’s response to COVID-19 please visit

Getting a Permit or License

Permits and licenses are needed to ensure that safety standards are met. Applications should be submitted well in advance of the scheduled project. This will allow time for City staff to offer assistance and have everything issued in a timely manner.

Call Before You Dig

Contact Gopher State One Call before starting any excavation project. Whether the project is large or small, if you are using machine-powered equipment or just a shovel and rake to plant a garden, get your work area marked to help you dig safely while avoiding costly damages to underground utilities. To file a locate request call 811 or 651-454-0002. 

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Various inspections are required for all building permits. An orange "inspection record card" will be issued to identify the inspections that are required for each project. The card must stay on the site until a final inspection has been completed. City inspectors will inspect a project several times during the course of construction. To schedule an inspection contact the Building Inspections Department between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 952-895-4444.

Permit History

Looking for permits that have been pulled for a particular property in the past? You may do a permit search by address, contractor, etc. or submit a public data request to obtain that information.