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Building Inspections
Building Official Responsibilities
The Building Official interprets, administers, and enforces the city building code and plumbing code, which are based upon the State of Minnesota building code and plumbing code. The primary objective of the building official is to work with citizens, business owners, contractors, etc. to help them understand the importance of building codes and to help them incorporate the code provisions into their respective building projects.

Examples of projects for which building permits are required include all buildings and structures erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, etc. Building permit fees are based on the valuation of the project. The City of International Falls and its residents are fortunate to have a certified building official on staff who is licensed by the State of Minnesota, experienced in the construction trade, knowledgeable, practical, and easy to work with. When undertaking a project within the city that requires a building permit, please set aside some time at the beginning of your project to meet with the city's building official, in the end, you'll be glad that you did.

Commonly Occurring Questions
Examples of commonly asked questions relative to building codes, building inspection and building permits and applications are listed in our frequently asked question section. They could be some of the same questions you are asking. All other questions can be answered by contacting the Building Official using the information provided.

The city building official utilizes State of Minnesota building officials and State of Minnesota plumbing officials as resources for verifying code updates, statute revisions, compliance requirements, etc. for the building code as well as the plumbing code.

Kelly Meyers
Building and Zoning Official

Phone: (218) 283-7990
Mobile: (218) 244-6169
Fax: (218) 283-3590 

Municipal Building
600 4th Street
International Falls, MN 56649


Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm