The City of St. Joseph contracts with Inspectron Inc. for building inspection services. The Building Department is responsible for reviewing, processing, issuance, and inspection of building permits to ensure that construction within the City limits complies with the provisions of the Minnesota State Building Code.
Applying for a Building Permit
An owner or owner representative who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure; erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any gas, mechanical, electrical, or plumbing system or other equipment, the installation of which is regulated by the code; or cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit. Building permits are required for all window replacement, reroofing, and residing.
Issuance of all building permits require completion of an application and submittal of detailed plans. Once the application is complete, it will take approximately 7 to 10 business days for the permit to be approved. Fence, siding, and roofing permits can typically be issued within 3 business days.
Building Permit Application (PDF) - Please include 11"x17" plans with permit submission. If the permit is for a new construction, then a set of construction sized plans is required in addition to the previously stated.
Zoning Permit Application (PDF) - required for fences, buildings < 200 square feet, and parking pads. Zoning Permit Application should be submitted to Community Development Director Nate Keller firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign Permit Application- Permanent Sign (PDF) - required if installing a permanent sign
Sign Permit Application- Temporary Sign (PDF) - required if displaying a temporary sign
Land Disturbance Permit Application (PDF) - required for any new construction or project that disturbs undeveloped soil
Easement Use Application (PDF) Required for fence permit - required if you are wanting to construct in an easement area
- Egress Window Handout (PDF)
- Residential Fence Handout (PDF)
- Pools Handout (PDF)
- Residential New Home Handout (PDF)
- Residential Addition Handout (PDF)
- Residential Basement Finish / Remodel Handout (PDF)
- Residential Detached Garage Handout (PDF)
- Residential Accessory Structure Handout (PDF)
- Bathroom Finish Handout (PDF)
- Commercial - New Construction Handout (PDF)
- Commercial Remodel Handout (PDF)
- Deck Handout (PDF)
- Stairway and Handrails Handout (PDF)