Under the direction of the Building Official, the building inspection program administers Building Permits and Inspections. Specific duties include:
- Reviewing building permit applications and processing permit requests.
- Providing information to the general public on codes and regulations
- Working with planning and engineering staff in the review of development projects
- Performing inspections to ensure that projects are built in accordance with specified approvals
Building permits are required for buildings or structures that are:
*This also includes decks, garages, porches, fences, sheds, driveways, basement remodeling, egress windows, replacement siding, windows and roofing.
Permits are required as well for electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning work.
New construction, additions, alterations or repairs to a residential occupancy also require a smoke alarm be installed.
A list of all the different Building Department Applications can be found at the Application Webpage. Permits submitted that required a plan review typically take up to 10 working days to process and approve the permit for issuance. Some applications may take longer due to special provisions or conditions.
The following applications generally do not require plan review and can be issued over the counter:
The cost for a building permit that does not require a plan review (roofing, siding, simple remodeling project, etc.) can be determined by using the permit fee calculator tool. Enter the valuation of the project and the tool will automatically calculate the fee. The total fee includes a $5 contractor license verification fee that is not included when a homeowner acquires a permit.Permit Fee Calculator
Building, plumbing and HVAC inspections are conducted between the hours of 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday. Inspection requests must be submitted a minimum of 2 working days prior to the desired inspection date. Inspections may be arranged by completing the online request form (see Request an Inspection below) or by calling the recorded inspection request line at 651.490.4685 and leaving a message that includes the address, a contact phone number in case of a conflict, type of inspection, permit number, day and time of the inspection request. Confirmations are only made when inspections are scheduled online, or if there is a conflict when requesting by phone.
Scheduled inspections will be performed as close to the scheduled time as possible, typically within 30 minutes of the requested time. You can verify whether an inspection is scheduled for the time requested on the inspection request line typically within 24 hours after the inspection has been requested.
Electrical inspections are contracted and performed by Tokle Inspections. Call 763.754.2983 between 7-8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, or at tokleinspections.com.
Permits submitted that required a plan typically take 5 to 7 days to process and approve the permit for issuance. Some applications may take longer due to special provisions or conditions. Permits for siding, roofing, windows or other projects that do not require a plan review may be issued over the counter. You can check online to see if a permit has been processed and ready for issuance by following the link. Permits are listed by project address and are updated immediately upon issuance.
Permits listed are available for pick up between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Contractors may apply and pay for simple residential Building, HVAC and Plumbing permits online through the City of Shoreview Pay Online app. Contractors must be registered with the Building Inspection Division and have current state license information on file.
Click on Apply for a Building Permit. A new screen will open on BS&A Online to setup your account with username and password. Next you will enter a contractor Web Pin ID# to connect with the online permit system. Call 651-490-4683 for your web pin. On the left menu, Click Apply for a Permit. Select the project address and fill in the online application form. After a permit has been applied and paid for, you will receive a confirmation followed by the permit via email.
If you have questions, contact the Building Inspection Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-490-4683.
Some may think that obtaining a permit means extra costs, time delays, and unwarranted regulations. However, a building permit ensures that proper services are provided to safeguard life, health, property and public welfare. Permits do so by regulating the design, construction, and quality of materials of all buildings and structures in the community. Residents may sometimes overlook the benefits of obtaining a permit and appropriate inspections. Benefits include peace of mind in knowing that the work has been done properly and in accordance with all codes.
The State Building Code applies throughout the State of Minnesota. The City's Building Official enforces the Building Code. Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical installations are also regulated by the State and enforced by the City.
The International Code Council (ICC) is a professional organization which develops uniform building codes, provides certification and educational opportunities to local building officials and other industry professionals, and assists in the acceptance of new building products.
The 10,000 Lakes Chapter and the Association of Minnesota Building Officials of the ICC provides educational opportunities, legislative affairs and code development assistance to building professionals in Minnesota.
The Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM) represents builders, remodelers and associated industries. The Association works to improve home building throughout the State.
The State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry licenses building contractors, provides information to consumers about choosing and hiring a building contractor, and investigates complaints against contractors.