Installing a sidewalk, stoop and stairs

We explain the rules you need to know to install a sidewalk, stoop and stairs

We require the following for a stoop or stairs:

  • Permit
  • Zoning and site plan review
  • Inspection
  • Construction plan review

We do not require a permit for a private sidewalk.

Homeowners and property owners can perform work on their own property without hiring a contractor.  However, if a contractor is hired to perform the work, they must be licensed.

The information on this page relates to private property only. The Public Works Sidewalk Inspections Office oversees the construction and repair of public sidewalks.  See Sidewalk Repair Options for additional information.

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Minneapolis Development Review

Community Planning & Economic Development


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

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