Inspection process common questions

We answer frequently asked questions (FAQs) about inspections.

Why do I need an inspection?

  • Inspections are required by state law and by City ordinance for any work that requires a permit.
  • Inspections assure that your project:
    • Meets safety requirements
    • Complies with state law and city codes
    • Follows the approved plan

What should I do to prepare for an inspection?

  1. Make sure that the project is ready for inspection before you call for an appointment.
    See When to Call for Inspections
  2. If you are using a contractor, they will schedule the inspection. If you are not using a contractor, you or a person 18 years of age or older must be at the property during the inspection.

How do I schedule an inspection?

To schedule an inspection, call the inspector listed on your permit. If your permit isn't available, contact Minneapolis 311 for the name and number of your inspector.

Contact 311

Is there a fee to have the completed work inspected?

There is no fee for the required inspections for any permitted work as they are covered by the permit fee. However, if the work scheduled to be inspected is not completed (not ready) or able to be approved (non-compliant) at the time of the inspection, we may charge an additional inspection fee.

How many inspections are needed?

More than one inspection may be performed during construction if:

  • The work does not meet code requirements (non-compliant).
  • The work is not completed (not ready).
  • The project is particularly complex.
  • The project involves more than one type of permit with multiple inspectors.
  • Always contact the inspector on your permit if you are unsure how many inspections will be required.

If multiple inspections are required because of non-compliance or not being ready, we may charge additional fees.

How will I know when the work has received final approval?

  • If the building permit is provided and available on site, the inspector will date and initial the final inspection item on it.
  • Inspection results are also available under Property Info.

What if the work is not approved by the inspector?

The work will not be approved if:

  • The work is not complete
  • There are code violations
  • The inspector did not have access to the property to do the inspection

You will need to correct the problem and schedule another inspection. In that case, we may charge a re-inspection fee.

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Minneapolis Development Review

Community Planning & Economic Development


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Minneapolis, MN 55415

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