Exterior remodeling and alterations

We explain what types exterior remodeling and alterations require a permit.

Work that requires a permit

We require a permit for all work not specifically exempt from the building code. This applies to:

  • Residents and homeowners
  • Contractors
  • Commercial owners
  • Work that is structural in nature, such as adding or replacing:
    • Beams
    • Posts
    • Joists
    • Rafters

If your construction project has accessibility issues, see Applications, forms and handouts

Common exterior projects requiring a permit

Follow the links below for more information about a specific project. 

Changes to the house itself

Additions to the house

  • Any deck, platform, stoop or ramp, regardless of height that provides direct access to the dwelling.
  • Any deck, platform or ramp not attached to the dwelling that does not provide direct access to the dwelling and that is more than 30" above grade.
  • Additions

Outdoor living and landscaping projects

Exterior work that does not require a permit

No permit is needed for:

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Contact us

Minneapolis Development Review

Community Planning & Economic Development


Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 220
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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