When do I need a permit?
Building permits, governed under the MN Building Code, are required for any owner or contractor who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy/use of a building or structure. A permit is also required to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any gas, mechanical, electrical, plumbing system, shingles, siding or other equipment when the installation is regulated by the code.

A person wanting to do such work shall make application to the building official and obtain a permit prior to the beginning of any construction activity. Questions about whether or not a permit is required should contact the Building Official.

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1. What is a permit?
2. When do I need a permit?
3. How can I tell if a contractor has a license?
4. What do I need to submit for a residential addition or a porch addition?
5. What do I need to submit for a commercial or industrial building permit?
6. When I re-roof my building do I need to tear the old shingles off?
7. If I am putting on steel roofing am I required to remove all of the old shingles?
8. If I am re-shingling my house can I use three tab shingles?
9. If I am putting on a deck, addition, garage, or porch what do I need to provide to the city?
10. If I am building a new house what do I need to provide to the city?
11. What if I change the use of my existing building? What is required of me?
12. I am replacing windows in my house do I need a building permit?
13. I want to put up a fence. Do I need a permit?