Building Permits - Residential
When don't I need a permit?
A permit is not required for projects such as:
- replacing flooring (carpet, tile, vinyl, wood, etc.)
- painting interior or exterior surfaces
- replacing cabinets (not changing the layout)
- counter tops (a plumbing permit is required if countertop includes a sink)
- planting grass, flowers, shrubs, trees
- installing a mailbox (must meet post office regulations)
- installing gutters
Please read our handout for information when a permit is required (PDF).
When in doubt, please call Building Inspections to discuss your project.
How do I get a permit?
Some residential permits may be obtained through online ePermits. Scroll down this page for the permit application forms in PDF, then submit by email, in person at City Hall, via fax at 763-767-6573, or through US Mail.
A city license is only required for sign contractors.
Common Permits and Handouts
|Permit Type||Permit Application||Handout|
|Air Conditioner||ePermit link|
Electrical Application PDF
Mechanical Application PDF
|Backflow Device||ePermit link|
|Basement Finish||Application PDF||Handout PDF|
|Bath Fan||ePermit link|
|Deck - attached||Application & Handout PDF|
|Deck - detached||Application PDF||Handout PDF|
- Property Owner as Building Permit Applicant Statement (PDF)
- Backflow Prevention Application (PDF)
- Building Permit (PDF)
- Electrical Permit (PDF)
- Exterior Site Work Application (PDF)
- Mechanical Permit (PDF)
- Plumbing Permit (PDF)
- Sewer and Water Permit (PDF)
- Solar Photovoltaic Installation Permit (PDF)