Building Permits & Inspection


The Building Permits & Inspections Department is responsible for the application and enforcement of the building code and related ordinances regulating construction, alterations and the use of buildings within the city.

The Building & Inspections Department reviews plans and construction work for building, plumbing, mechanical, sewer and sign permit applications to ensure compliance with city ordinances and State Building and Fire Codes. Electrical permits are also administered through the city.

Permit applications are accepted during normal business hours and will be processed in the order received. Permits not requiring plan review are typically processed within 3 business days. Applications requiring plan review typically require 1-3 week lead time after all required information is received.

Security alarm systems do not require a permit and are not required to be registered with the City. After repeated false alarms within a set time period, false alarm fees may apply. With further questions, call the Police Department Administration office at 651-552-4200.

Fire Permits

Visit the South Metro Fire Department's Permit List

Inspection Scheduling

Call the Building Permit Technician at 651-552-4116

Property Information & Site Plans

Dakota County provides a free online GIS application for residents to access public property information.  The application allows residents to print property information and maps, view aerials, measure distances and create site plans for projects such as decks, fences, driveways and accessory structures.

Permit Valuations are based off of the MN Department of Labor & Industry 2015 Building Valuation Data & Cost Data found here 

Window Permits – Include the number of windows being installed and if the size of the opening is changing.

Roofing/Siding – Include the number of roofing/siding squares being installed.

For more information or assistance, please call the City Planner at 651-552-4134 or email. Call before you dig: Gopher State One Call.

To request information/documents on a property or a report on our permitting history, click here.

If you are unsure if your project requires a permit, please call the Building Permit Technician at 651-552-4116.
  1. Building & Construction Regulations

    View the current regulations for building and construction.

  2. Construction Development Process

    Learn about the step by step development process.

  3. Contractor Requirements

    View current requirements for contractors.

  4. Informational Handouts

    Download helpful documents.

  5. Inspection Scheduling

    Schedule an inspection.

  6. Permits

    Browse a list of various building permits.