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The State Building Code requires permits to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change occupancy of a building. In general, a permit is required for most construction projects where something is being built, repaired, replaced, or remodeled.
The best way to find out if you need a permit is to contact Building Inspections at 507-645-3004. Discuss your plans with an inspector before you begin construction to determine needed permits.
Permits are usually required for the following:
Electrical Inspections in Northfield are performed by the State of Minnesota. For information contact: Randy Edel, State Electrical Inspector , at 507-334-3748.
Electrical Permit and Inspection Checklist information can be found at the following website. Construction Handouts
Building Permit Applications
The State Building Code specifically exempts 14 items. The main ones are buildings 120 s.f. or less, fences not over six feet high, retaining walls not over four feet high from footing to top of wall, painting, tiling, cabinets, finish work, swing sets, playground equipment,etc.
Inspections are performed to check for building code compliance. A record inspection card is issued with the building permit and is required to be posted on the job site. This card should list the required inspections and indicates what inspections have been completed and approved. Do not cover work that may need inspection. If you have questions, contact Building Inspections at 507- 645-3004.
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry establishes the rules for licensing of residential contractors. Typically all work performed for a homeowner must be by a Licensed Contractor. Please see Construction Codes and Licensing Division at the Department of Labor and Industry or call 651-284-5065.
Accessory Structure Requirements
Property information can be obtained from the Rice County and Dakota County websites. Property Line Information
Flags and paint markings are utilized to identify the location of underground utilities. State law requires that utilities are located through the Gopher State One Call system prior to excavation activities to help avoid damage and accidents caused by striking the buried lines. These activities could include repair of sewer and water services, damaged cable, or phone lines, or even installation of new utility lines. These markings will also appear if a property owner in the area is making an improvement to their property such as the installation of landscaping walls or a pool. Two days before doing any digging in your yard it is required by State law to contact:
A right of way is the publicly owned area in a development or neighborhood. Rights of way are important for the installation and maintenance of streets and private and public utilities, including electrical, phone, sewer and water, and storm sewer lines. A common misconception is that the homeowner’s or business owner’s property line goes right up to the curb. It does not. The public owns a certain amount of the land behind the curb (right of way) that extends into the residential or business property line. The size of the right of way is not the same for every property. The right of way area behind the curb is also used for snow storage when the city plows streets. The city administers the use of this area through a permitting process. Contact City Engineering office at 507-645-3020 for further assistance.
During the winter it is up to each property owner to clear public sidewalks of snow and ice. City ordinance requires owners or occupants to clean the sidewalks abutting the property of snow and loose or melting ice within twelve hours after snow or ice has ceased. This is necessary to ensure the safety of people using the sidewalks during the winter. Some things to remember: