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Our electrical inspector, Tokle Inspections, has put together a guide for homeowners (PDF).
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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.
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.
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.
This permit is required when erecting, expanding, or changing buildings. Simple maintenance or repairs do not require a permit. A homeowner working on his own home or a State Licensed Contractor working on 1 or 2 family homes, or a City/State Licensed Contractor may apply for this permit. When applying for a Building Permit, please submit the following along with your online application:
Exemption from permit requirements does not grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner that is in violation of the building code or any other laws or ordinances of New Brighton.
When installing or changing any electrical system, such as changing a service, adding outlets, or replacing furnaces and air conditioners, a permit is required. If you are not sure if an electrical permit is required, contact the City electrical inspector at 763-754-2983 between 7 am and 8:30 am. A homeowner working on their own home or a Licensed Electrician may apply for this permit. When applying for an Electrical Permit, the following things are required:
To schedule an inspection visit Tokle Inspections (preferred) or call 763-754-2983 between 7 am and 8:30 am.
A licensed, bonded and insured electrical contractor and their employees. When the electrical work is being performed by a homeowner, the homeowner then applies for the permit. In signing and submitting a permit application, the homeowner is acknowledging that they own and occupy the home where the work will be performed and they personally and physically will perform all of the electrical work described on the permit application. Homeowners shall not obtain permits for another entity that is physically installing the electrical components.
A permit is required when installing or changing any mechanical system (heating, air conditioning, and ventilation) or component of the system. Simple maintenance or repairs do not require a permit. A homeowner working on his own home or a City Licensed Contractor may apply for this permit. When applying for a Mechanical Permit, the following things are required:
When installing or changing any plumbing systems in a building, a plumbing permit would be required. This includes installing a water softener/heater, moving pipes and fixtures, adding or finishing a bathroom or similar project. Simple maintenance or repairs do not require a permit. A homeowner working on his own existing home or a State Licensed Plumber may apply for this permit. When applying for a Plumbing Permit, the following things are required:
Unless the plumbing work poses an unsanitary or hazardous condition, the requirements for a permit is waived for the following plumbing work performed in one and two-family dwellings.
The following projects do not require a building permit but may require Zoning or Public Works approval:
Emergency repairs can be done without first obtaining the necessary permits, but the permits must be obtained after the work has been completed within a reasonable timeframe.
Applicants must use the online system to apply for permits, upload plans and schedule inspections.
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.
Please email them to the Building Department.