Temporary structure building permit

We require a building permit to construct any new temporary or permanent structure.


We require a building permit for an owner of a property or licensed contractor to construct any new temporary or permanent structure.

Any new business wishing to occupy a new or existing space, and prior to starting construction:

  • You must submit plans that are stamped by a Minnesota licensed architect and obtain all necessary permits before the granting of a business license.
  • We will review plans for code compliance and issuance. Depending on the specifics of your project, this review may also include or require approvals from other departments.
  • We will only issues a building permit after the plan review process is completed and compliance with all applicable regulations is verified by all agencies.

Required documents

  • Building Permit Application .  Estimate your fees with our Fee Calculation Worksheet .
  • Plot plan showing boundaries of the property, dimensions of the lot and all structures, setbacks to property lines and the location of all off-street parking spaces.
  • Three sets of complete plans, with stamps and signatures by a Minnesota registered architect.
  • For signs, three sets of complete plans prepared by a licensed sign company.
  • If a foundation will be poured, plans detailing the foundation of the proposed structure, stamped and signed by a Minnesota registered architect.
  • Proposed use of the structure stated on the title sheet of the plans.
  • Number of floors or levels in the structure.
  • Contractor's license if the permit is issued to a contractor.
  • Electricalmechanical plumbing or fire special event permits  may also be required.
  • Requirements for Temporary Use in Existing Buildings Application

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

  • Accessibility
  • Parking
  • Seating
  • Signage
  • Ingress and egress

See Chapter 1341 of the Minnesota State Building Code

Submit applications to Minneapolis Development Review.

Code reference

  1. 2015 Minnesota State Building Code
  2. ASCE 7-10, Minimum Design Loads for Building and Structures
  3. AISC, Manual of Steel Construction 14th Edition, 2010
  4. Aluminum Association, 2010 Aluminum Design Manual
  5. ICC/ANSI 300-2012 Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands
  6. 2015 Minnesota Chapter 1341, Accessibility for Buildings and Facilities 
  7. Minnesota Electrical Code - 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC)

Live load

Current Minnesota Building Code rules apply:

  • Office Live Load: 50 PSF
  • Stage Floor Live Load: 50 PSF Vertical and Horizontal 200 lbs any direction
    Handrails or Stair: 100 PSF or 300 lbs center span on thread
  • Snow Load: Minnesota Building Code 1303.1700
  • Ground Snow Load: Minnesota Building Code 1608
  • Basic Wind Speed: Minnesota Building Code 1609.3 and 1303.2200
  • Risk Category: Determine per Minnesota Building Code Figure 1609AB
  • Basic Wind Speed: 115 mph for Risk Category II; 120 mph for Risk Category III
  • Wind Exposure: Minnesota Building Code 1609.4

See Minnesota Building Code Section 1607 and Table 1607.1

Special Note:
Check with the City Planning Department to see if your project is located within an historic district or will require a Planning Department review. If plan review is required, an approval must be obtained before applying for building permits.


See the Title 5 Fee Schedule


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Contact us

Brad Carter

Plan Review/Permit Process

Community Planning & Economic Development




Public Service Center
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Jim Huntzicker

Fire Inspection Services Office



Scott Anderson

Building Plan Review



Ken Staloch

Building Inspections




Tim Daugherty

Gas/Plumbing Inspections




Les Blackwell

HVAC/Mechanical Inspections



Ardy Goudarzi

Mechanical Plan Review



Plumbing Inspections



Minneapolis Development Review

Community Planning & Economic Development


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

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