Building Permit Info

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. 

Please Note: Printable Building Permit Forms are at the bottom of this page.


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


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

Printable Forms

Maintenance Permit Application

New Home Building Permit

Site Plan Template

Site Plan Template (for garages,etc)

Building Valuation Data (Coming Soon)

Fence Permit Application

Building Permit Fee Schedule (Coming Soon)