Building Inspections

Permit and rental applications

Permit Application (for all permit types)

Building Inspections

Fee Schedule

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

    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.

    Pay for your permit


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.

Minnesota Building Code

City Property Maintenance Code

City Rental Housing Ordinances


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

Building Permit Activity 2022

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.