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Minneapolis Development Review
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Minneapolis, MN 55415
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Applying for a Permit

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020 and until further notice, the CPED Customer Service Center (CSC) – also referred to as Minneapolis Development Review (MDR) – will not be accepting any dropped off, faxed, or mailed paper permit applications or other supporting documentation such as plans, construction documents, etc.

View the electronic permit submittal options.

Permit Review times during COVID-19 outbreak

Due to ongoing restrictions associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, standard permit review times will be longer than normal.

We are making every effort to remain open during this period and provide our permitting services with most permit review work being done remotely to maintain social distancing requirements for our staff.

Currently, NO permits are processed same day – this includes any permit that requires the submission of an electronic permit application via email. Permits that require review and approval by our Zoning and Building Code review staff will take longer.

We have moved from approximately 5% of our permits completed in electronic form to 100% of our permits being completed in electronic form. We ask for our customers patience as we try to handle normal work loads.

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What you need to know before applying for a permit
Steps to obtain a permit
For additions and alterations to your home, you will also need
Homeowners applying for a building permit

What you need to know before applying for a permit

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

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

If you hire 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. Your contractor will take care of these items. For more information, see the links at the left.

For more information, see:

Steps to obtain a permit

A homeowner may obtain a permit for work on their own home. A contractor must obtain a permit (if required) for work they are doing under a contract.

1. You may stop in at Minneapolis Development Review between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday. Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

2. Bring two sets of your construction plans, three sets if your property or structure is historically designated, to Minneapolis Development Review on the third floor of the Minneapolis Public Services Center at 250 South 4th Street. For a map to the Center, see Minneapolis Development Review & Parking Information.

3. Sign in at the check in counter and staff will assist you through the process.

4. Once your plans are approved, pay the necessary fees (see the Director’s Fee Schedule ) the Minneapolis Development Review staff will provide information on required inspections. You can use the following forms of payment:  Cash; Check; Visa; Master Card; American Express and Diner's Club.  You are responsible for calling the inspector to schedule the required inspection.  Your permit will have a permit number and the last page of your permit will have your inspector’s name and phone number.

You will need the permit number and project address to schedule an inspection of the work. Your inspector’s name and phone number will appear on the last page of your permit. Please call him or her directly to schedule your inspection.

Additions and alterations

For additions and alternations to your home, you will also need:

Homeowner Applying for a Building Permit

Homeowners applying for building  permits must provide valid picture identification (e.g. drivers license, State ID, passport, etc).

Building permit fees are based upon the valuation of the job including labor and materials.

Last updated May 18, 2020



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