Building Information & Applications

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.

Currently, NO GENERAL BUILDING PERMITS are processed same day.

What you need to know before applying for a permit

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

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
  • Fax:    651-266-9124
  • Mail:      Department of Safety and Inspections,  375 Jackson St, Suite 220,  Saint Paul, MN 55101-1806
  • In person drop off:  Applications and plans may be dropped off at our office. They will be processed in the order received and will not be processed the same day.
  • 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.


Finishing an Existing Basement

Electronic Plan Review

Building Site Plan

Deck / Porch


Energy Code

Fence information and applications page


Parkland Dedication Ordinance

Residential Rain Gardens



Visit the Zoning webpage for more information and application requirements.

Stucco / Plaster information and applications page

Vacant Buildings information and applications page


Windows - New and Replacement

Miscellaneous Construction Forms A-Z