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Minneapolis Development Review
250 S. 4th St., Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 673-3000

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What is a permit and when do I need one?
Who can apply for a permit?
What do I need to know before applying for a permit?
How do I apply for a permit?
Do I need an appointment?
How much does a permit cost?
How much time does it take to review an application?
What do I do with the permit?
How much time do I have to complete the work?
Can I get a refund if I don’t complete the work?

What Do I Need to Know About Permits?

What is a permit and when do I need one?

The Minneapolis City Council enacts ordinances to regulate construction, maintenance, and remodeling so that the buildings where we live, work, and play will be safe. The City uses permits to make sure that the work is done in compliance with those ordinances.

Building projects of any size may require that you get one or more permits before you can begin the work.

Before beginning a project, you should call Minneapolis 311 (or (612) 673-3000 outside the Minneapolis city limits) to see if you need to obtain a permit.

For more information about:

Sometimes a site plan, a zoning site review, and an inspections plan review are required before a permit can be issued. For more information about the entire permit process, see Applying for a Permit.

Who can apply for a permit?

Note: Licensed contractors are required by law for certain types of permit work. It is unlawful to knowingly enter into a contract with an unlicensed contractor in these situations. Please consult the Minneapolis Licenses and Consumer Services Division at (612) 673-2080 for information regarding the specific situation.

For more information

Applying for a Permit describes the entire permit and inspection process

Finding a Licensed Contractor provides a list of licensed contractors

What do I need to know before applying for a permit?

The answer to this question depends on the type of project that you are doing.

For all projects, you will need:

If you have a contractor, the contractor will apply for the permit.

Sometimes a site plan, a zoning site review, and/or an inspections plan review are required before a permit can be issued.

How do I apply for a permit?

In person

Homeowners and contractors can apply in person at the Minneapolis Development Review center on the third floor of the Minneapolis Public Services Center at 250 South 4th Street. Service Center hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Customers requiring Zoning, Plan Review or Preservation (HPC) services must sign-in by 3:30 p.m. For a map to the Center, see Minneapolis Development Review & Parking Information.

By mail or fax

Homeowners and contractors can also send a completed permit application by mail or fax. Generally mailed or faxed permit applications take approximately one week to process. Permit applications that require a zoning approval or a plan review (see the timeline below) may take up to three weeks or longer.

Minneapolis Development Review
300 Public Service Center
250 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Fax: (612) 370-1416

Single family homeowners should include a copy of their valid Minnesota Driver's License or Minnesota ID showing the property address on the permit application, and either their credit card information or a check or money order for the correct amount. Faxed permit applications require a credit card number for payment. The address on the ID must match the property address.

Contractors can apply on the web for some permit types. See Home Improvement Permits Online.

Do I need an appointment?

Not necessarily, if your project is a residential one (1 or 2 family home), you can stop in during the hours of 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday or Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

If your remodeling project is a commercial one, office, sales or storage occupancy, you may be able to schedule an appointment for a commercial plan review with a commercial plan reviewer. See the requirements for Commercial Plan Review Appointments.

If your commercial project is not at the point where you can apply for a permit but you would like to talk with a commercial plan reviewer, you can schedule an appointment with a commercial plan reviewer for a Preliminary Commercial Plan Review.

How much does a permit cost?

Each type of permit has its own fee schedule, which is based on the value of the work being done. A complete list of permit fees is available in the Director’s Fee Schedule.

For individual fee schedules, see the links at the left.

You can pay by check, Mastercard, Visa, American Express or Diner’s Club.

How much time does it take to review an application?

The size of your project determines other steps that may need to be taken before obtaining the permit. These steps may include a zoning check, site plan review, and a construction plan review. Please visit the page that addresses your specific project at Homeowner Project Information or Contractor Project Information.

CONSTRUCTION PLAN REVIEW TIMELINES

Type of Construction 1st Submittal
(Business Days)
Resubmittal
(Business Days)
One or Two Family Dwellings (new or major renovations) 15 5
Remodeling, Most Additions, Decks, Porches, Garages, etc. 10 5
Commercial and Multi Family (small to medium projects <50,000 sq. ft./$5,000,000) 20 10
Commercial and Multi Family (large to complex projects >50,000 sq. ft./$5,000,000) 25 10

NOTE: ADD 10-15 BUSINESS DAYS IF PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION (HPC) REVIEW.

What do I do with the permit?

Your permit should be posted at the project site.

The last page of your permit has the inspector's name and phone number on it. You should contact the inspector directly if you have questions about your project or to schedule an inspection. You will need the permit number, and the address where the work is being done to schedule an inspection of the work.

If you are issued an inspection record card, post the card at the job site for the inspectors to make notes. Your approved site plan (if any) must be available at each inspection.

How much time do I have to complete the work?

Usually you have one year from the date when the permit was issued to complete alterations, repairs, or exterior remodeling. For more information, see Completion of Work.

If you do not complete the work on time, you can be assessed a financial penalty. Extensions to permits can be granted according to the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Section 89.165. You should contact Minneapolis 311 at (612) 673-3000 if you need an extension of time to complete your permit.

Can I get a refund if I don’t complete the work?

In certain cases and within certain limits, some or all of a permit fee may be refunded if the permitted work will not be completed.

Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing by the original applicant within 180 calendar days of payment of the permit fee. Requests for refunds may be submitted by fax (612) 370-1416 or mailed to, Attention Refund, Minneapolis Development Review, 250 - 4th Street South, Room 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415.

Refunds are paid by check only. It takes four to six weeks for a refund check to be issued and mailed to the applicant.

For further details, see Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Title 5 - Building Code, Chapter 91: Permit Fees

Last updated Apr. 16, 2014