When is a plumbing permit required?

A plumbing permit, and associated inspections, are required for the installation, alteration, repair or extension of any plumbing system or individual sewage disposal system. This includes installation or replacement of a fixture, water heater, water softener, backflow preventer for lawn irrigation system, and any other activity as required by the building official or plumbing inspector. A plumbing permit application and permit fees must be submitted to and approved by the city before any plumbing work may begin.

Who can apply of a plumbing permit?

Permits for plumbing work in a new structure, or within 36 inches of the outer foundation of a new or existing structure, will only be issued to contractors licensed by the State of Minnesota. Permits for plumbing work in an existing structure will only be issued to contractors licensed by the State of Minnesota or to a homeowner for work done on the property they have homesteaded. In signing and submitting a permit application, a homeowner is acknowledging that they own and occupy the home where the work will be conducted, and they will personally and physically perform all of the plumbing work.

Who can perform plumbing work in a home?

Generally, the State of Minnesota requires that all plumbing work be performed by licensed, bonded and insured plumbing contractors and their employees. In specific cases, and within strict limitations, plumbing work may be performed by a homeowner on the property they have homesteaded. An owner may not do plumbing work in a mobile home, recreational vehicle or portion of a building that is rented, leased or occupied by others.

Inspections

  • It is the responsibility of the plumbing permit applicant to schedule all required inspections with the building inspections division.
  • It is the responsibility of the plumbing permit applicant to provide accessibility to the structure being inspected.

Project Instructions

Applications

Applications should be filed using the city's online ePermits system. For those choosing to submit hard copies, use the PDFs below.

Fee Schedule (pdf)