We share the City’s permit requirements for event bleachers.



  • Are tiered or stepped set of seats for public use
  • May be temporary or permanent
  • Are commonly used in sports or entertainment arenas, parks or halls
bleacher at outdoor event


We require a building permit for bleachers if: 

  • Bleachers are more than 55 inches above the ground or floor
  • Any part of the guardrail is more than 30 inches above ground or floor 

Bleachers must comply with the:


See Building Permit Application


See the Director's Fee listing

Submit your application  

Submit applications to the Minneapolis Development Review Office

Disability access

The following must comply with Chapter 1341 of the Minnesota State Building Code:

  • Accessibility
  • Parking
  • Seating
  • Signs
  • Ingress and egress for people with disabilities

Read Minnesota State Building Code Chapter 1341

Read Minnesota State Fire Code for bleachers 

Get help

You can meet with a customer service representative about bleacher requirements.  

See how to get help at the City of Minneapolis Service Center 

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