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 TypePermit ApplicationHandout
Air Conditioner
ePermit link
Electrical Application PDF
Mechanical Application PDF
Handout PDF
Backflow DeviceApplication PDFHandout PDF
Basement FinishApplication PDFHandout PDF
Bath FanePermit link
Application PDF

Deck - attachedApplication & Handout PDF
Deck - detachedApplication PDFHandout PDF
DishwasherePermit link
Application PDF
Handout PDF
Driveway or Off Drive ParkingApplication PDFHandout PDF
Egress Window and Window WellApplication PDFHandout PDF
Electrical Service or SubpanelApplication PDFHandout PDF
Exterior LightingePermit link
Application PDF
Handout PDF
Exterior Site Work
Application PDF
Handout PDF
Fence or wallApplication PDFHandout PDF
FireplaceePermit link
Application PDF

FurnaceePermit link
Electrical Application PDF
Mechanical Application PDF

Garage DoorePermit link
Application PDF
Handout PDF
Garage, shed, or accessory structure
Application PDFHandout PDF
Electrical Handout PDF
Interior Finish or RemodelApplication PDFHandout PDF
Manufactured Home - InstallApplication PDFHandout PDF
Manufactured Home - SaleePermit link
Application PDF
Handout PDF
New Single Family DwellingApplication PDFHandout PDF
PorchApplication PDFHandout PDF
Plumbing FixturesePermit link
Application PDF
Handout PDF
Reside or WindowsePermit link
Application PDF
Handout PDF
RoofingePermit link
Application PDF
Handout PDF
Solar PanelsApplication PDF
Tent or CanopyApplication PDFHandout PDF
Vacant PropertyePermit link
Application PDF
Handout PDF
Water Heater or Water SoftenerePermit link
Application PDF

Other Handouts

Permit Applications

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