Building Inspections

Applying for a permit

The City of Northfield has a new online application.

Existing contractors

For contractors who have pulled a permit with the City of Northfield in the past:

Apply as a contractor

New contractors

New contractors that have not pulled a permit with the City of Northfield, please call 507-645-3004 or email permits.cd@northfieldmn.gov and we can assist you.

Homeowners

Homeowners in the City of Northfield can proceed to apply online.

Apply as a homeowner

Questions

Contact us with any questions. Office hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Scheduling an inspection

To schedule an inspection call 507-645-3004.

Send all work permit and rental applications via one of three ways

  1. Pay for a permit

    We accept cash, check and credit card and online payment by credit card or electronic check. A 3% convenience fee will be added to credit card payments. A $3 convenience fee will be added to electronic check payments.

    Do not pay until your permit has been issued with your permit number and fee amount total. You will need to enter your permit number found in the email from the Building Inspection Department and the fee amount.

    Pay for your permit

Permit fees

  1. Residential building permits

    ServiceFee
    New residential building% of job valuation plus plan review plus state surcharge
    Residential addition% of job valuation plus plan review plus state surcharge
    Residential alteration% of job valuation plus plan review plus state surcharge
    Garage or shed% of job valuation plus plan review plus state surcharge
    Plumbing Permit: new home or major remodel$185 plus $1 state surcharge
    Plumbing Permit: minor remodel (3 fixtures/no stack work)$99 plus $1 state surcharge
    Sewer and water service$99 plus $1 state surcharge
    New HVAC$185 plus $1 state surcharge
    HVAC remodel/alteration$99 plus $1 state surcharge
    Deck Permit% of valuation plus plan review and surcharge;
    minimum $99 plus $1 state surcharge
    Deck Repair$99 plus $1 state surcharge
    Roof Permit$99 plus $1 state surcharge
    Siding Permit$99 plus $1 state surcharge
    Windows or doors$99 plus $1 state surcharge
    Fireplace Permit$99 plus $1 state surcharge
    Solar panels$99 plus $1 state surcharge
    Radon mitigation system$99 plus $1 surcharge
    Manufactured home installation$99 plus $1 surcharge
    Demolition Permit: residential$99 plus $1 surcharge
    Building Moving Permit$100
    Swimming Pool Permit% of job valuation plus plan review plus state surcharge;
    minimum $99 plus $1 state surcharge

Responsibilities

The Building Inspections Department's function is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Northfield by ensuring that proper procedures and building codes are followed in the construction of structures throughout the city. The department is responsible for issuing construction permits and conducting inspections to ensure compliance with state building code and city ordinance regulating building, mechanical, plumbing, demolition of structures, moving of structures, and manufactured housing.

Codes

The City of Northfield has adopted the 2020 Minnesota Building Code. City Property Maintenance Code, and the City Rental Housing Ordinances are also enforced.

Minnesota Building Code

City Property Maintenance Code

City Rental Housing Ordinances

Reports

Listed is the updated published report on building permit activity in Northfield:

Building Permit Activity 2022