Permits & Licenses

Questions on how to get started? Visit our Property Owner Resources page for referral information and educational links on how to find a contractor, licensing lookup and more.

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Getting a Permit or License

Permits and licenses are needed to ensure that safety standards are met. Applications should be submitted well in advance of the scheduled project. This will allow time for City staff to offer assistance and have everything issued in a timely manner.

Call Before You Dig

Contact Gopher State One Call before starting any excavation project. Whether the project is large or small, if you are using machine-powered equipment or just a shovel and rake to plant a garden, get your work area marked to help you dig safely while avoiding costly damages to underground utilities. To file a locate request call 811 or 651-454-0002. 


Various inspections are required for all building permits. An orange "inspection record card" will be issued to identify the inspections that are required for each project. The card must stay on the site until a final inspection has been completed. City inspectors will inspect a project several times during the course of construction. To schedule an inspection contact the Building Inspections Department between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 952-895-4444.

Permit History

Looking for permits that have been pulled for a particular property in the past? Use the Search feature, located in the upper right of the screen, on our Public Portal. Otherwise, you may submit a public data request or contact the Building Inspections Department at 952-895-4444 to obtain that information.