Always get a permit before you start your project.
Permits for contractors
All permits for residential water heaters, water softeners, roofing, siding, and windows must be applied for online.
Permits are required before most construction projects begin. Permits issued by the City include the list below.
If you are unsure whether a project requires a permit, contact one of these groups.
|Permit type||Who to contact|
|Building||Brooklyn Park Building Inspections
|Electrical||Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
|Fire protection||Brooklyn Park Fire Department
Permit application and plans
A permit application and two sets of plans should be submitted well in advance of the project start date. You may download permit application forms by clicking on one of the tabs listed above. Building code and submittal informational handouts can also be found to the right. Some projects do not require plans to be submitted, such as residential siding and roofing. For submittal questions, contact the Building Inspections Department.
Phone and email
Building Inspections Department
Email the Building Inspections Department
You will be given an inspection card when you obtain your permit. The inspection card will list the inspections needed for your project, along with the phone number to call to schedule inspections. Always schedule as far in advance as possible to insure you receive the inspection date and time you desire.
Always have the job site address and permit number available when calling to schedule an inspection. To schedule an inspection call:
|Inspection type||Who to contact|
|Building, mechanical, plumbing and sewer/water||Brooklyn Park Building Inspections
Monday through Friday, 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.
|Fire||Brooklyn Park Fire Department
Minnesota law requires that most residential building contractors, remodelers, roofers and manufactured-home installers obtain state licenses. Specialty contractors who perform only one special skill (for example: concrete and masonry, carpentry or interior finishing) are exempt from state licensing. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry licenses and regulates contractors.
As a home owner, if you decide to apply for a building permit yourself, you will be acting as the “owner/builder.” By taking the permit out yourself, you become the general contractor. You assume all legal liabilities for the job, including workers’ compensation insurance, state and federal withholding taxes, permits, scheduling and a number of other responsibilities.
Contractor Consumer Information
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has a number of tips and useful information in regards to hiring a contractor for your construction project. Information that can be found on their website includes searching for a licensed contractor, hiring tips, home warranty disputes, and compensation through the Contractor Recovery Fund.
Plumbing contractors must be licensed by the State of Minnesota per MSBC Chapter 4715. Plumbers need to provide a copy of the license to the City.
Or obtained a mechanical license from the City Building Official.
Sign Hanger License
Or obtained a sign hanger license from the City Building Official.
Sewer and Water License
The contractor must be licensed through The State of Minnesota as a plumber or pipe layer.
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