Building Permits and Inspections

The Minnetrista City Code and the Minnesota State Building Code, which are both enforced by the City, provide minimum standards to safeguard life, property, and public well-being by regulating and controlling the design, construction, and quality of materials used in building projects. Inspections are required for all building, construction, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work to ensure the work meets code and follows the approved plan.

The City of Minnetrista requires that you obtain a building permit BEFORE you begin working on your project. Permit fees are doubled if the permit is not obtained before the work begins. Building permits take up to 10 business days to process.  If a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy is required for a new home permit, there will be an escrow held until a final grade survey has been approved.  The amount of the escrow depends on the time of year.  If the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy is issued between November 15 and June 30 , the escrow amount is $5,000.00 and if the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy is issued between July 1 and November 14 , the escrow amount is $10,000.00 .

Additional permits will be required for all plumbing, mechanical, and electrical work related to a building project.

Electrical inspections are done through the State of Minnesota. Please visit our Inspections page for information on obtaining a permit and setting inspections.

Below are some commonly requested permits and submittal requirements. Permits may also be required for driveways, extensive landscaping projects, and more.  If you are not certain which permit your project requires, please contact the Planning Department for assistance.

Interested in scheduling an inspection? Click here to go to the inspections page.

Electronic Payments for Building Permits

Minnetrista has now made it easier for contractors and/or residents to pay for their building permits. You can now pay with a credit card over the phone or in person for a small 2.75% convenience fee (additional $0.50 for transactions below $100).  Applicants are also able to pay by check over the phone for a $1.00 service fee.  For security reasons, we will not be accepting credit card payments through the mail or fax.

Applications, Handouts, and Forms:

Fences


No permits are required for construction of fences that are 7 feet in height or less. Fences may be located up to a property line. However, if the fence is placed up to the lot line you may need to go on your neighbor’s property for installation, repairs, or maintenance. The fence may be placed on your property several feet away from the property line if you desire to easily maintain the area.

If a fence is placed on the corner of a lot that abuts an intersection or abuts a street – Public Right-of-way – contact the Planning Department to discuss sight line distance requirements. The fence will need to be placed or setback to allow for safe views and not block pedestrian or vehicular views at an intersection.

It is suggested to have a copy of the property survey prior to fence installation to indicate locations of lot lines. The curb line is not the property line. The City has no architectural control standards for fences. Private covenants and restrictions through a homeowner's association may prohibit fences or indicate some architectural controls. Should the City or a public service utility have to enter a drainage and utility easement, the City or service utility may not be responsible for replacement of the fence in all cases.

Contact Gopher State One Call at 651-454-0002 before you dig.


Sheds

No permits are required for the construction of sheds that are 200 square feet in area or less.  Consult Chapter 5 Section 505.07 Subd. 9 Accessory Structures of the Minnetrista City Code for rules and regulations as they pertain to your project.  If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Department at 952-446-1660.

It is suggested to have a copy of the property survey prior to installing a shed to indicate locations of lot lines. The curb line is not the property line.  Private covenants and restrictions through a homeowner's association may prohibit sheds or indicate some architectural controls.