Building Inspections

Scott County Building Inspections Department strives to provide quality services to all township residents through innovation, continuous improvement, and determination. Our main purpose is to help safeguard the public by educating permit applicants about code requirements, completing thorough plan review and inspections, identifying hazards and areas of non-compliance, as well as working closely with the Planning and Zoning, Environmental Services, and Scott Soil & Water Departments. Our goal is also to continually make improvements in efficiency and service as well as build positive working relationships with the building community and residents alike.


When is a permit required?

MN State Statute 326B and Administrative Rule 1300.0120 requires permits to be obtained any time a building or structure is built, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, converted, demolished, or changes use and to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any gas, mechanical, plumbing system, or equipment.

Building permits are required to ensure that minimum construction standards (established by the Minnesota State Building Code) are met. These minimum standards provide safeguards for life, limb, health, property, and welfare by regulating design, construction, materials, use, and the type of occupancy of all buildings.

Work exempt from a building permit:

Types of work not needing a permit include accessory structures 200 square feet or less, painting, wallpaper, carpet, tile, replace cabinets and similar finish work, fences under 7 feet tall, and sidewalks.

For a full list of work not needing a permit and other state permit regulations, see: Minnesota Administrative Rules 1300.0120

Please note: Zoning or Environmental Services permit, review, or approval may be required even if a building permit is not.


Scott County uses ePermits for all permits types. ePermits provide the ability to obtain residential and commercial building, plumbing, and mechanical permits quickly and conveniently online.

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ePermit Information – Residential and Commercial Building, Plumbing, and Mechanical 

Plan Review Permits

Residential and commercial permit applications requiring plan review and will be processed in order of application/submittals acceptance. Please be aware, permit acceptance will be delayed if required submittal documents and plans are incomplete or missing.

To avoid project delays we strongly recommend permits be applied for well in advance of the scheduled construction start date.

Same Day Permits (if applied for prior to 4pm)

Residential Building
  • Re-roof
  • Re-side
  • Replacement Window/Door
Residential Plumbing
  • Water Heater
  • Water Softener
  • Lawn Irrigation/Backflow Prevention
  • Drain Tile/Sump Pump
  • Minor Alterations/Repairs
Residential Mechanical
  • Air Conditioner
  • Air Exchanger
  • Boiler
  • Furnace
  • Gas Line
  • Hydronic Tubing
  • Unit Heater
  • Minor Alterations/Repairs

If you have additional permit questions, please contact one of our team members.