Construction Code Services
Building Safety Month Weekly Themes
Week One // May 2 - 8, 2016
Building Solutions for All Ages
Week Two // May 9 - 15, 2016
The Science Behind the Codes
Week Three // May 16 - 22, 2016
Learn from the Past, Build for Tomorrow
Week Four // May 23 - 29, 2016
Building Codes: A Smart Investment
Promoting Awareness Through Building Safety Month
Building Safety Month is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May.
Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.
The campaign is presented by the ICC and its 57,000 members worldwide along with a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety community. Corporations, government agencies, professional associations, nonprofits and more come together to support Building Safety Month because they understand the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play.
Important Change to the Minnesota Building Code:
Plan Review Letter
A revised section to the administrative rules portion of the state building code will change how some of our plan reviews for some remodeling, mostly commercial/multi-family, will be done. When plans are prepared by a licensed design professional the new language will require that any code corrections that are identified be itemized by the code official through a plan review letter. The provision prevents the building department from marking up (red-lining) plans. This change takes effect January 24, 2015.
1300.0130 Construction Documents.
Subpart 6. Approval of construction documents.
Subitem B. (in part) "Any code deficiencies identified by the building official during the plan review process for construction documents that are prepared by a design professional who is licensed or certified under Minnesota Statutes, sections 326.02 to 326.15 must be itemized by the building official through a comprehensive plan review letter only. Any code deficiencies identified by the building official during the plan review process for construction documents that are not prepared by a licensed or certified design professional may be marked directly on the document or itemized by the building official through a comprehensive plan review letter."
This means that there will be a couple of extra steps in the process for some projects. Rather than plan review marking corrections of code deficiencies on plans and issuing a permit at that time, plan review will prepare and mail or email a correction letter to the architect/engineer. The design professional will then make any necessary revisions to the plans. Revised plans will then need to be resubmitted for review, approval and permit.
Please plan accordingly for the time necessary for these added steps.
New Construction Requirements
In an effort to better control problems related to the protection of adjoining property that have arisen due to inadequate construction management, the following information is presented and will be required for all new building projects that require excavation.
- A letter prepared by an engineer qualified in soil retention shall be submitted with the building permit application. The letter shall state if any protective measures are necessary for protection of adjoining property.
- Any required protective measures shall be installed according to the direction of the engineer.
- Any plan for protective measures prepared by the engineer shall be submitted to the city prior to issuance of the permit.
- The engineer shall monitor the condition and effectiveness of any measures installed as long as the measures are needed to protect adjoining property.
Additions to buildings that are ten feet (10') or less from structures on adjoining property shall also be required to submit a letter from an engineer.
Construction sites have also become a problem with respect to the use of city right-of-way. Current city standards do not allow the use of right-of-way for staging or storing of construction materials or for other related uses. The right-of-way normally extends several feet into any property from the sidewalk. All construction sites shall:
- Remove all construction related materials from city right-of-way and place them entirely within the property being worked on or remove them from the site
- Obtain an encroachment permit from the Public Works Department before placing any construction related materials in the right-of-way and adhere to the requirements of the permit
Construction debris containers that must be placed in the street require obtaining a street use permit. These containers must comply with any parking regulations in place either temporary or permanent. Containers located in the street should always be placed in front of the property where work is occurring. Containers may be placed within the property being worked on, but not in the right-of-way, without a permit.
Violations of these requirements will result in the issuance of appropriate orders and citations which will remain in place until compliance is achieved.
Minneapolis Residential Construction Management Agreement
As a result of the problems that have been occurring the city's Zoning and Planning Committee voted Thursday, April 3rd to lift the tear down moratorium and replace it with the Construction Management Plan. Effective April 3rd, 2014 all un-occupied construction projects of wrecking, new build, or major remodeling of 1 and 2 unit dwelling structures are subject to sign the Residential Construction Management Agreement.
New Mechanical Requirements
Mechanical Contractors: The City of Minneapolis requires that the heating load form for furnaces and boilers installed in single family homes or duplexes be left at the job site
- Please use our Home Heat Loss form. You can also use your own form, as long as it has all the information contained on the City form.
- Leave the heating load form with the homeowner package of information that includes the design, testing, and installation instructions.
- The form will be reviewed when the inspector is out at the property.
- NEW House Heat Test Record form (Orsat test) for new installs. Please leave this form at the house also.
Construction Code Services (CCS) is comprised of three business lines:
- Plan Review
- Construction Inspections
Plan Review staff examines and approves construction plans before a permit is issued. Plan review looks at the required building codes and coordinates with other city requirements. Many projects need just a simple plan but other projects may need full architectural plans. Some projects, such as replacing a roof, do not need any plan review. See Permits and Plans.
Construction Inspections includes building, plumbing, mechanical and elevator inspections. Construction projects have required inspections that need to be completed at different stages of the project. The permit will have the inspectors name and phone number to call to set up an inspection. See Construction Inspections.
Electrical work requires a State of MN permit and inspection. See the State of MN electrical information on permits. For an electrical inspection contact the inspector at MN Electrical Licensing and Inspection website or call (651) 284-5064.
Certificate of Occupancy
A Certificate of Occupancy is required before any new building can be occupied, or before an existing building can be used for a new purpose (for example, retail space converted to a school).
- A Truth-in-Sale of Housing (TISH) report is needed to sell a single family, duplex, townhouse or first-time condo conversion. A TISH report is valid for two years, or one sale. Find a licensed evaluator, see what steps to follow, get a list of common repair items.
- A Code Compliance Inspection is needed for condemned properties. A Truth-in-Sale of Housing report can not be done for condemned properties. There are special requirements and forms for selling or buying boarded or condemned properties.Additional fees are required to be paid before permits can be obtained to repair condemned properties.
Certificate of Competency (Comp Cards)
A certificate issued by the City that attests that the cardholder has the necessary qualifications and technical knowledge to install, alter, repair, and service systems in a given trade.
Elevators and Related Devices
The City of Minneapolis has new procedures incorporating the State of MN requirement of annual inspections of elevators and related devices. Handouts explaining the process and how to prepare for the inspection are now available online. A new permit application for elevators and related devices is now available.
NEW: Contractors need to fill out the Ready to Inspect checklist (pdf) and return it to the City of Minneapolis before calling for a final inspection on new elevator installations.
Construction Code Services supports sustainable building practices on many levels. We recognize the need to support and promote Green technologies as an increasingly important part of our building future.
- Green Buildings Options Checklist (pdf)
- Green Building for Residential Buildings (pdf)
- Green Building Options throughout the House (pdf)
- New Owners Energy Saving Tips (pdf)
- Minnesota Department of Commerce - energy information including made in Mn solar
- CenterPoint rebates and energy audits
- Xcel energy solutions
- Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
Construction Codes and Related Information
Energy code requirements for 1 & 2 family homes and town homes (effective June 1, 2009)
Energy Code for 1 &2 family homes and town homes (pdf)
State code now requires radon resistant building features in new home construction (effective June 1, 2009)
Radon Resistant Construction (pdf)
Radon Resistant New Construction-Best Practices (pdf)
Helpful Sites and Information
Look up building and zoning information, inspections history, permit status, and more, for addresses in Minneapolis.
Building Code Appeal Form (pdf) Use to appeal a Building Code issue
Extension Request (pdf) Use to request an extension of time to complete the work orders
RFS Administrative Citation Appeal Form (pdf) Use to appeal an administrative citation (fine)
Code Interpretation, Modification and Alternative Materials, Design or Methods Request Form Use to request a modification to the code requirements (see requirement checklist below)
Checklist for alternative material. design or methods of construction Information needed to request a modification to the code (use with the form above)
Construction Related Sites
Last updated May 2, 2016