Building Codes can be traced as far back as the Code of Hammurabi (circa 1790 BC) from ancient Babylon, and have evolved over the centuries to encompass techniques, design, materials & more.

Building codes provide minimum standards to safeguard life and limb, health, property, public welfare & property values.

As of 2008, contractors are required by Minnesota law to adhere to the State Building Code.

To learn more about how municipalities adopt the Building Code Click Here.

To discuss your rights and obligations under the law Contact City Building Inspection Services for more information.
Forms and Information  
Building Permit Application Form
Property Owner Waiver Form
Electrical Inspection Application Form
♦ Residential Permit Requirements for:
Single Family Dwelling
Architecture & Engineering
Construction Guidelines
Narrow Wall Detail 4:1 ratio
Narrow Wall Detail 6:1 ratio
Decks
Garages
Additions and Porches
Basement or Interior Remodel
Pole Buildings
Manufactured Homes
Anchoring Plan
Installation Compliance Certificate
Notice of Sale & Installation
Notice to Owners Completing Install
Onsite Systems Testing
Purchaser Disclosure
Support Pier Plan
♦ Residential Guideline Brochures for:
Decks
Garages
Porches
Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Asphalt Shingle Roofing
• Emergency Escapes 
Business / Commercial / Industrial Requirements
Pole Buildings
♦ Other Information
Basement Insulation
Demolition and Asbestos
• Electrical Inspection Checklist 
Hiring a Residential Contractor
Home Moisture
Pre-Demolition Checklist
Radon
Radon Resistant Construction
Residential Energy Code
 
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