Permit Review times during COVID-19
Due to ongoing restrictions associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, standard building permit review times will be longer than normal. In order to reduce interruptions, please do not contact Plan Review for a status update until two weeks have passed so they may focus on approving your application.
We are making every effort to remain operational during this period and provide our permitting services, with most building permit review work being done remotely to maintain social distancing requirements for our staff.
What you need to know before applying for a permit
- When is a permit required?
- If you hire a contractor, the contractor will apply for the permit.
- All exterior residential construction projects valued at more than $25,000 must submit a Residential Construction Management Acknowledgement form before a permit is issued. This includes new builds or major remodels, expansions, demolitions, and more. The form also applies to vacant buildings. A copy of the form may be found here.
Steps to obtain a building permit
Homeowner: The following 2 forms will need to be completed, signed and submitted along with the construction plans.
Licensed Building Contractor
- Online Permitting System : Building Contractors may register to obtain Building Contractor Express Permits and Stucco/Plaster Permits online.
Making the Rounds: Required for new construction (IRC Single family dwelling, Two-family dwelling, Townhouse; IBC new construction and additions) Prior to submitting the building permit application to DSI, the applicant shall submit the building permit application form along with the survey and plans to the following Public Works departments who will sign the back of the application form in the applicable boxes.
- Public Works Address: City Hall Annex, 25 4th St W, 10th floor
- Email: email@example.com
- Public Works Sewers: City Hall Annex, 25 4th St W, 7th floor
Submittal Methods for Permit Applications
- Email: Applications accepted via email include General Building Permit, Fence Permit/Plan Review, and Demolition Permits. (NOTE: When submitting permit applications and plans via email, please be sure all attachments are pdf file format only. Please, convert PNG, JPEG, etc files to pdf before submitting your application.) DO NOT INCLUDE CREDIT CARD INFORMATION ON ANY APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY EMAIL emailto:DSI-BuildingPlanReview@ci.stpaul.mn.us
- Fax: 651-266-9124
- Mail: Department of Safety and Inspections, 375 Jackson St, Suite 220, Saint Paul, MN 55101-1806
- In person: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Free parking is provided in the surface lot at the corner of 6th St E and Jackson St)
- Electronic Plan Review (ProjectDox)
- Follow this link for information on ProjectDox.
- A General Building Permit Application must be submitted per one of the above methods. Check “Yes” for Electronic Plan Review Requested and include an email address to receive upload link.
- Once the permit application is entered, you will receive an email with a link to upload your drawings.
- 2020 Building Plan Review Submittal Requirements - Commercial New/Addition
- Buildings that have local, national or state historic designation may need approval from the Heritage Preservation Commission before the permit may be approved. Please, visit the Heritage Preservation Webpage for more information and application requirements.
Building Permit Fee Schedule (236.07 KB)
Electronic Plan Review
Building Site Plan
Deck / Porch
- Requirements For Detached Garage
- For Detached Garage Electrical Checklist and Wiring Information see the Electrical Inspections Page
Garage Permit Fee Schedule (220.71 KB)
- Garage Inspection Procedure / Building Height Measurements
- Zoning Regulations for Accessory Buildings and Uses
- Reroofing: Asphalt or Fiberglass Shingles
- Reroofing Inspection Requirements
- Roof Drains
- Ventilation Requirements at Roof Sheathing
Visit the Zoning webpage for more information and application requirements.
Windows - New and Replacement
- Egress Window Handout
- Window and Door Replacement Guide
- Installation Guidelines for Glass Block Closure of Basement Windows
Miscellaneous Construction Forms A-Z
- Accessible Toilet Rooms Handout
- Air Sealing and Insulating Required by Code
- Call Before You Dig (locating underground utility lines)
- Carbon Monoxide Alarm
- Chimney Flashing Procedure
- Code Alternate, Interpretation, or Modification Request Form
- Cold Weather Masonry Construction
- Erosion and Sediment Control
- Fill / Grading
- Hard-Wired Smoke Detector Installation Guidelines
- Home Ramp Project
- Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) Design Review
- Information needed to issue a Dormer Permit
- Keybox Policies and Procedures Handout
- Minnesota Accessibility Code Handout
- Moving / Relocating A Structure Information And Applications Page
- Notching and Hole Boring Guide
- Preservative-Treated Wood Handout
- Public Works Right-of-Way Obstruction / Curb Cuts Information and Contact
- Residential Exterior Ramps Design Recommendations
- Residential Handrail, Guardrail, and Stairway Details
- Solar Permit Application Checklist
- Special Inspection Form
- Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs