Building Code Information

Asphalt Roofing Shingles Information Sheet

View information on asphalt roofing shingles.


  • Do I need a permit for a fence?
    No (maximum height of 6 feet in residential areas).
  • Are there any other height restrictions?
    Yes. Commercial zones may have a fence with a height up to 8 feet. Also, corner and front yard heights can be no higher than two and one-half feet above the ground.
    Where can my fence be located?
    Fences may be located on the property line (if property line is questionable, consult with a neighbor or have the area surveyed).
  • What are the requirements to the city?
    The city needs a site plan of the area to be fenced.
  • Are there any other limitations?
    Yes. Barbed wire cannot be used and the fence must have a salvage finish on the top and bottom.
  • Who can I contact for more information?
    If you have further questions, please contact the Building & Zoning Official.

Minnesota State Contract License Law

View information on statewide Contractor and Remodeler License Law.

Single-Family Stairway Guards Information Sheet

Access information on specifications for single-family stairway guards.

Inspection Information

These requirements must be met before obtaining an inspection from the building official.

  • Footing Inspections
    • Engineer’s soil report available, if applicable
    • Erosion control in place when required
    • Excavation / form work completed; if reinforced, secured per code
    • Inspection record card available
    • Job site address posted during the entire construction process
    • Submit footing elevation verification by the surveyor to the city engineer division prior to foundation wall construction
  • Framing Inspections
    • All framing, fire blocking, and bracing in place and completed
    • Approved site plans available
    • Building and fireplace inspection record cards posted
    • Enclosure / container provided on site for all construction-related rubbish; contents periodically disposed to prevent littering of property or adjacent areas until final inspection approval
    • Engineer approved and signed shop drawings for all trusses, girders, and hangers must be posted
    • Rough-in electrical, plumbing, and heating work inspected and approved
  • Insulation Inspections
    • Framing work inspected and approved
    • Insulation and vapor barriers in place and completed
    • Insulation protected from the weather
  • Final Inspections
    • Address numerals installed on building and height
    • All referenced inspections on this card are inspected and approved
    • As-built survey submitted to the city engineering division
    • Final electrical, plumbing, and heating work inspected and approved
    • Finish grading and building completed and ready for occupancy
    • Inspections record card posted
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