Garage/Accessory Structure

Required Submittals ----- Important: Applications with incomplete submittals will be delayed.

IMPORTANT: Electronic submittal document files are required to be named appropriately to ensure efficient permit processing. Review Naming Submittal Documents prior to starting ePermit process to ensure all files are labeled appropriately. See all related ePermit submittal and resubmittal requirements to help avoid delays in processing. 

  • Township Approval Form- Use form to determine if township approval is required for project location. Submit completed form with township approval signature if applicable.

  • Residential Statement of Intended Use Form - Upload completed residential statement of Intended Use form

  • Contact & Contractors Form - Upload completed contact and contractor form as applicable for your project.
  • Survey/Detail Site Plans -  details shall include:
    • Location and size of proposed building
    • Location of and distances from proposed building to other structures, property lines, and septic tanks/system
  • Building Plans – Per MN Rules 1300, plans shall be dimensioned and drawn upon suitable material. Complete set of plans including structural and braced wall design, floor layout, cross sections, elevations, and energy. Plans shall be uploaded as one multipage complete set (not individual sheets). Plan sheets shall only be separated if larger than 50 MB. Individual sheet uploads will not be accepted. 
    • See Detached Garage Residential Accessory Structure Handout for specific required details to be included on the plans. 
    • The following details shall be identified on all Garage/Accessory Structure plans 
      • All dimensions and elevations, rooms shall be labeled, unfinished areas shall be labeled
      • Footing and foundations sizes with all bar placement details on foundation page
      • All header and beam sizes at all new locations or increased openings
      • Wall bracing design shall be in accordance with R602.10 or by licensed structural engineer - shall include property wind exposure category per R301.2.1.4, locations braced wall lines, size/location of panels, method of bracing and calculations.
      • When unique design methods are being used, it is best to include as much information as possible on the plans
  • Erosion and Sediment Control Plan and Agreement - Complete Erosion & Sediment Control General Notes for Building Permits form, Signed Building Permit Erosion & Sediment Control (ESC) Escrow Agreement form, survey, aerial photo or other accurately- scaled drawing showing the proposed structure location. Plans must include Low Floor Elevation (in mean sea level), location of perimeter control, limits of grading / construction area and location of rock entrance.

Optional Submittals, if Applicable

  • Engineered Design - Engineered design shall be submitted if construction cannot be verified by the minimum prescriptive requirements of the Minnesota Building Code. Design shall be sealed by a structural engineer licensed in the state of Minnesota.
  • Accessory Structures intended to be conditioned with heating or cooling shall also meet MN Residential Energy Code, details shall be included in plans and/or specifications.
  • Specifications - Provide product installation specifications if any materials or fasteners require specific manufacturers’ specifications for installation.

Examples of specifications include:

Beam check sheets
Material ES Report or other listing standard details
Fastener Specifications

Insulated Garage Door Specifications

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1. Addition (Commercial)
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3. Addition (Residential)
4. Basement Finish
5. Cell Tower
6. Change of Use
7. Deck
8. Demolition
9. Fence / Retaining Wall
10. Fire (Commercial)
11. Garage/Accessory Structure
12. Manufactured/Modular Home
13. Multi-Family
14. Non Residential New (Commercial)
15. Pole Building (Residential)
16. Remodel/Repair (Commercial)
17. Remodel/Repair (Residential)
18. Reroof/Siding
19. Residential 1 or 2 Family Home
20. Swimming Pool
21. Windows/Doors (In Existing Opening)