Building Permits

Call City Offices at 218.334.4991 to obtain a building permit application, click on the side link to print a copy or stop by the City Office located at 222 Main Avenue West. 

WHEN IS A BUILDING PERMIT REQUIRED

A building permit is required when:

  • building or remodeling a house
  • re-roofing and/or re-siding
  • putting in a shed over 120 square feet
  • installing a fireplace, wood stove, or chimney
  • finishing your basement
  • adding a garage or any addition
  • replacing windows 
  • changing or installing heating or air conditioning
  • installing plumbing
  • constructing a retaining wall over four feet in height
  • constructing a swimming pool
  • putting in a deck or porch
  • putting up a fence over 6 feet in heighth
  • doing electrical  work (electrical permits are available through the state board of electricity)
  • replacing water softeners or water heaters
  • soffit, facia, and trim (weather protective items)
  • all commercial work
WHEN IS A BUILDING PERMIT NOT REQUIRED

A building permit is not required for:
  • movable cases, counters, and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches high
  • platforms, walks, and driveways not over 30 inches above grade and not over a basement or story below
  • fences under 6 feet high or chain link fences
  • painting , wallpapering, or paneling
  • temporary stage sets and scenery
  • gutters
  • sheds under 120 square feet
  • installing carpeting or other flooring
  • window awnings not projecting more than 54 inches on homes
  • prefabricated above grade swimming pools of a capacity of 5,000 gallons or less
  • redecorating without structural change
  • replacing cabinets in kitchen or elsewhere