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.
- 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.
- Electrical, mechanical , 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:
- Ingress and egress
Submit applications to Minneapolis Development Review.
- 2015 Minnesota State Building Code
- ASCE 7-10, Minimum Design Loads for Building and Structures
- AISC, Manual of Steel Construction 14th Edition, 2010
- Aluminum Association, 2010 Aluminum Design Manual
- ICC/ANSI 300-2012 Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands
- 2015 Minnesota Chapter 1341, Accessibility for Buildings and Facilities
- Minnesota Electrical Code - 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC)
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
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