Building Department Common Questions & Topics
Project Help Sheets & Info
- Do I need a permit?
The City enforces the Minnesota State Building Code. The Community Development Department provides interpretation of the codes and issues building permits for construction and inspection services. Whenever you build, enlarge, alter, repair, convert, demolish, or move a building, a permit is required. Most Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Permits can be issued at City Hall or online. Building Permits that involve plan review generally take up to 7 to 10 working days before they can be issued. Smaller projects take less time; some may be issued immediately. Large projects can take up to 2 weeks or more for plan review. (Remember, always call before you dig: visit Gopher State One Call.) If you are still not sure if you need a permit, email the Building Department or call 651-638-2050.
- What happens if I do work without a permit?
Work without a permit could result in a stop-work order, a double fee, and for contractors, an investigation from the State.
Savvy home buyers and realtors want to see proof of permitted work, so also keep in mind that if un-permitted work is occurring at your home, it could be an issue if you choose to sell.
- I received a notification that my permit expired, but the project is not completed: What should I do?
The City has to follow building code rules for expiring permits, but in many cases if the work is ongoing, we can extend the permit beyond its original expiration date. Please call 651-638-2043 or email the Building Department if you need to request an extension.
Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is working with contractors and homeowners on extensions. We understand that work is being delayed and we will help you.
- How do I get my City Contractor License?
Please fill out the online license application.
- Does New Brighton have licensing requirements?
Yes. Please view our Licensing Requirements (PDF) to find out what is required by the City of New Brighton.
- Where can I find the most current fee schedule?
Please look at our 2024 Fee Schedule (PDF) to view current fees.
- I submitted my application: how do I pay?
Once your permit has been processed and approved by the City, you will get a link for payment. Please note, we require payment up front for permits with reviews.
- I'm a contractor and I need help with my account: what should I do?
If you are a contractor and need help getting into your account or setting up a new one, visit our Contractor Resource Center.