The State Building Code requires permits to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change occupancy of a building. In general, a permit is required for most construction projects where something is being built, repaired, replaced, or remodeled.
The best way to find out if you need a permit is to contact Building Inspections at 507-645-3004. Discuss your plans with an inspector before you begin construction to determine needed permits.
Permits are usually required for the following:
- New buildings
- Additions (bedroom, bathroom, basement finish, family room)
- Residential work (deck, porch, garage, fence, fireplace, pool, water heater, water softener, furnace replacement)
- Renovations (garage conversion, basement finish, kitchen expansion, siding, roofing)
- Plumbing systems
- HVAC/mechanical systems (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems)