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Building and/or administrative permits are needed for most construction projects, please contact us before you begin your project. Building permits are reviewed administratively, meaning the City Council does not have to authorize them. Variances to building code and related standards are not possible.

Building review requirements will vary based on the type of project. Building permit applications & information is available to assist you. Applicants must typically submit two complete sets of construction plans and an electronic set when applying for a buildng permit. Some permits involving minor work which doesn't involve formal site plan review (e.g. re-roofing, siding, new windows, etc.) can be issued 'over the counter' for a flat fee. All applications are available online or at the counter. 

All construction within the City of Belle Plaine must comply with the most recent versions of the following codes:

  • 2012 International Building Code as amended by the State of Minnesota
  • 2012 International Residential Code as amended by the State of Minnesota
  • 2015 International Fire Code as amended by the State of Minnesota
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code as amended by the State of Minnesota
  • 2012 International Fuel Gas Code as amended by the State of Minnesota
  • 2017 National Electric Code
  • 2015 Minnesota Conservation Code for Existing Buildings
  • 2015 Minnesota Energy Code with ANSI/IES Standard 90.1-2010
  • 2015 Minnesota State Accessibility Code
  • 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code as amended by the State of Minnesota

What happens after a completed application is submitted

Applicants are notified when permits are reviewed and issued and available for pick-up. Applicants will be given the original permit card which includes a listing of required inspections. Applicants will also receive a copy of their plan submittal with staff comments and any necessary changes clearly marked on the plans. The building permit should be posted on the premises and a copy of the reviewed plans should be retained on site of construction.

What You Can Expect With Inspections

Building inspections are required as part of the building permit process. Inspections identify whether or not work completed is up to code and confirm necessary changes are complete. Our goal is to be on-site for inspection within one or two days of being asked. Most inspections can be scheduled by calling City Hall at 952-873-5553. Electrical inspections must be coordinated with the consulting electrical inspector.

The number and type of inspections needed depend on the type of permit you obtain. Typically, inspections should occur within 180 days of receiving your permit. This ensures the City can close out a permit that only requires a final inspection or to keep an existing permit active for those that require multiple inspections. Permits that remain open and are inactive may be reclassified as ‘expired’. Expired permit status means the work has not been approved by the City and a new permit is needed before any additional work or inspection can be done. Expired and open (unfinished) permits have been known to hold up the sale of property. 

Building permit holders are responsible for providing access for inspections, including: (a) ensuring that the components are readily visible and not concealed or permanently covered and (b) ensuring that access is readily available by temporary stairs, ladder, or other necessary means to perform the inspection.

A certificate of occupancy (CO) is required prior to occupying a building. A temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) may be issued pending minor remaining items awaiting completion or where only portions of the building are complete in specific cases.

 

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