Departments


Inspections

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

It is the permit holder’s responsibility to call the Building Inspection Services Department to schedule inspections and to provide ready access to the work. If the inspector must get into a home, the contractor or homeowner must be present. Inspectors will not enter homes unescorted or if only minors are present.

Inspections must be scheduled in advance. Two business days advanced notice is typically required.

An inspection record card is provided to each permit applicant at the time of permit issuance. This card should identify all inspections required for that permit. No work may be covered unless the record card has been signed by the inspector. Record cards must be available on the job site. Work that is covered prior to inspection may be required to be exposed.

Schedule an inspection

Call 763-494-6060 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

REQUIRED INSPECTIONS

Descriptions of required inspections based on the project.

New SFD Construction

  • Footing - prior to pouring of concrete
  • Poured Wall – forms are in place
  • Foundation – after excavation is complete and any forms or reinforcing steel is in place
  • Underslab Vapor Barrier – after in-slab and under floor reinforcing steel and building service equipment, conduit, piping accessories and other ancillary equipment items are in place but before any concrete is placed
  • Framing – after framing is in place and rough-in electrical, plumbing, and mechanical have been approved
  • Insulation - after framing is approved and insulation is in place
  • Lath – (if required) – after the water resistive barrier and the lath attachment is in place but before plaster has been applied
  • Final - Electrical, mechanical, plumbing final inspections must be completed prior to building final


Garage and Accessory Buildings

  • Footings/Concrete Slab – Prior to pouring of concrete
  • Framing – After all framing, bracing and rough electrical (if any) are in place (This inspection can be completed at the time of the final inspection if all parts will be visible and accessible at the final inspection)
  • Final – Upon completion of the garage and electrical final
  • Other Inspections – In addition to the inspections above, the inspector may require other inspections to ascertain compliance with Code provisions or to assist you with questions during the construction process


Additions and Porches

  • Footings – after holes are dug, but prior to pouring of concrete
  • Mechanical – rough in 
  • Plumbing – rough in (if applicable)
  • Framing – after all framing, blocking, bracing and rough electrical (if any) are in place and prior to covering the construction so as to make it accessible for inspection
  • Insulation – (if applicable) - after framing is approved and insulation is in place
  • Final – electrical, plumbing, and mechanical finals must be complete prior to building final
  • Other Inspections – In addition to the inspections above, the inspector may require other inspections to ascertain compliance with Code provisions or to assist you with questions during the construction process


Decks

  • Footings – after holes are dug, but prior to pouring the concrete
  • Framing – prior to installing the deck boards - if determined by the plan review
  • Final – when the deck is complete


Lower Level Finishes

  • Rough-in – mechanical and plumbing
  • Rough-in – electrical (before wires are covered)
  • Framing – after framing and ductwork are in place and rough-in electrical, plumbing, and mechanical have been approved
  • Insulation – after framing and insulation is in place
  • Finals – Electrical, mechanical, plumbing finals must be completed prior to building final


Re-roof

  • Final – printed pictures of ice and water protection must be on site at the final inspection


Re-side

  • Final – printed pictures of house wrap must be on site at the final inspection