Building Inspection Department is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are located in the Community Development office within City Hall.
Permit and rental applications
Permit Application (for all permit types)
To schedule an inspection call 507-645-3004
Send all work permit and rental applications via one of three ways
- Fax: 507-645-3055
- Email the Building Inspections Department
- Mail (USPS/UPS): 801 Washington St., Northfield, MN 55057
Pay for a permit
You have the option to pay by credit card or electronic check. A 3% convenience fee will be adding 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.
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.
The City of Northfield has adopted the 2020 Minnesota Building Code. City Property Maintenance Code, and the City Rental Housing Ordinances are also enforced.
Listed is the updated published report on building permit activity in Northfield:
Scheduling inspections for new construction
If the building is of new construction, we will do onsite inspections as long as we are can maintain the minimum of 6 feet between people and other proper precautions.
The Building Inspections Department accepts cash, check and credit card and online payment by credit card or electronic check.