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Building Permits – Temporary Structures

A building permit is required for an owner of a property or licensed contractor to construct any new temporary or permanent structure. Any new business wishing to occupy a new or existing space, and prior to starting construction, you will be required to submit plans that are stamped by a Minnesota licensed architect and obtain all necessary permits before the granting of a business license. Plans will be reviewed for code compliance and issuance. Depending on the specifics of your project, this review may also include or require approvals from other departments. A building permit will only be issued after the plan review process is completed and compliance with all applicable regulations is verified by all agencies.

Required documents for a building permit:
1.  Building Permit Application.  Estimate your fees with our Fee Calculation Worksheet.
2. Plot plan showing boundaries of the property, dimensions of the lot and all structures, setbacks to property lines and the location of all off-street parking spaces.
3.  Three sets of complete plans, with stamps and signatures by a Minnesota registered architect.
4.  For signs, three sets of complete plans prepared by a licensed sign company.
5. If a foundation will be poured, plans detailing the foundation of the proposed structure, stamped and signed by a Minnesota registered architect.
6.  Proposed use of the structure stated on the title sheet of the plans.
7.  Number of floors or levels in the structure.
8.  Contractor's license if the permit is issued to a contractor.
9.  Electrical, mechanical, plumbing or fire special event permits may also be required.
10. Requirements for Temporary Use in Existing Buildings Application

Accessibility, parking, seating, signage, ingress and egress for people with disabilities shall be in compliance with Chapter 1341 of the Minnesota State Building Code.

Submit applications to the Minneapolis Development Review Office at 250 S. 4th Street, Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Parking is available.

Fees: Please refer to the Directors Fee Schedule available on our website.

Design Criteria

Code Reference
1. 2015 Minnesota State Building Code
2. ASCE 7-10, Minimum Design Loads for Building and Structures
3. AISC, Manual of Steel Construction 14th Edition, 2010
4. Aluminum Association, 2010 Aluminum Design Manual
5. ICC/ANSI 300-2012 Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands
6. 2015 Minnesota Chapter 1341, Accessibility for Buildings and Facilities 
7. Minnesota Electrical Code - 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC)

Live Load (Current Minnesota Building Code Section 1607 and Table 1607.1 (unless Notice Otherwise)
Office Live Load: 50 PSF
Stage Floor Live Load: 50 PSF Vertical and Horizontal 200 lbs any direction
Handrails or Stair: 100 PSF or 300 lbs center span on thread
Snow Load: Minnesota Building Code 1303.1700
Ground Snow Load: Minnesota Building Code 1608
Basic Wind Speed: Minnesota Building Code 1609.3 and 1303.2200
Risk Category: Determine per Minnesota Building Code Figure 1609AB
Basic Wind Speed: 115 mph for Risk Category II; 120 mph for Risk Category III
Wind Exposure: Minnesota Building Code 1609.4

Special Note:
Check with the City Planning Department to see if your project is located within an historic district or will require a Planning Department review. If plan review is required, an approval must be obtained before applying for building permits.

Contact Construction Code Services or Fire Inspection Services

For more information, email or call any of the following individuals for permit or code related information.

Plan Review/Permit Process
[email protected] / 612-673-2877

Building Plan Review
[email protected] / 612-673-5791
[email protected] / 612-673-5832

Building Inspections
[email protected] / 612-673-5253

Gas/Plumbing Inspections
[email protected] / 612-685-8522

HVAC/Mechanical Inspections
[email protected] / 612-685-8388

Mechanical Plan Review
[email protected] / 612-673-2467

Mechanical Inspections
[email protected] / 612-685-8388

Plumbing Inspections
[email protected] / 612-685-8511

Plumbing Plan Review
[email protected] / 612-673-5832

Special Event Permit issued by Fire Inspections Services Division
[email protected] / 612-201-2624

Construction Code Services / Fire Inspection Services Offices
Public Service Center
250 S. 4th Street, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-673-3000 or 311

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Last updated Aug 22, 2019



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