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Building Permits and Inspections

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Dave Scherbel, Building Official
Phone: 651.490.4691 | E-mail Dave

Brent Marshall, Building Inspector - Residential
Phone: 651.490.4687 | E-mail Brent

The Minnesota State Building Code, with State Amendments, is enforced by the City of Shoreview. The City reminds everyone that many home improvement projects require a building permit. These include decks, garages, porches, fences, sheds, driveways, basement remodeling, egress windows, replacement siding, windows and roofing. New construction, additions, alterations or repairs to a residential occupancy also require a smoke alarm be installed. 

Under the direction of the Building Official, the building inspection program ensures that residential, commercial, and industrial construction is done safely in accordance with the State Building Code, Uniform Fire Code, Minnesota Plumbing Code, Uniform Mechanical Code, and City regulations. Specific duties include:

  • Reviewing building permit applications [PDF] 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

Permits are required for buildings or structures that are constructed, altered, moved, improved or repaired, and are required as well for electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning work.

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.

How much will it cost?

The cost of a building permit may vary, use our Permit Fee Calculator


How long will it take?

Permits submitted that required a plan 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. 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. 

List permits that have been processed

Permits listed are available for pick up between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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Additional Resources

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.