All work requiring a permit is subject to inspection. The Minnesota State Building Code specifies the points (PDF) at which mandatory inspections are required. Additional inspections my be required to verify code compliance.

It is the permit holder's responsibility to call the Building Safety Department to schedule inspections and to provide access to the work. If the inspector must get into the building an adult must be present to allow access, inspectors will not enter a building unescorted by an adult.

Inspections must be scheduled in advance. A 24-hour advanced notice is required, inspections are scheduled on first-come, first-serve basis, and there is no guarantee that you can get an inspection within 24-hours of calling. Field inspection hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

An inspection record card is provided to each permit applicant at the time of permit issuance. The card must be placed on the job site where it is visible from the street and available to the inspector at the time of inspection. The card will identify which inspections are required for the specific project. No work may be covered until all the required inspections noted on the record card have been signed by the inspectors. Work that is covered prior to inspections may be required to be exposed.

There are different inspections and inspectors for each permit: building, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical. Each inspection is scheduled separately.

Schedule An Inspection

Call the following numbers Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.:
  • 320-255-7238 for a building inspection
  • 320-255-7234 for a plumbing inspection
  • 320-255-7233 for a HVAC (heating) inspection
  • 320-255-7235 for a commercial electrical inspection
  • 320-650-3143 for a residential (1 or 2 family) electrical inspection or for a replacement furnace inspection
Messages are checked 3 times a day (when inspectors are in the office):
8-9 a.m., 12-1:30 p.m. and 3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Please leave a message that includes:
  • Contact name & phone number
  • Project address or permit number
  • Type of inspection requested
  • Date & time you would like your inspection
Do not assume that by leaving a message that your inspection is scheduled. All phone calls will be returned and confirmed.