Building Inspections

Updated April 6, 2020
As part of our response to the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented changes to our building permit process.

  • Permits that do not require a plan review (i.e. furnace, water heater, AC, water softener) can be secured and paid for online. Another option is to drop off the permit application in the City Hall vestibule. Permits will be issued once payment is received via mail or utility bill mailbox outside City Hall. Inspections that require access into an occupied home will not be scheduled until further notice. 
  • Permits for lower lever finishes and remodels that require a plan review should be submitted through email at permits@lakevillemn.gov. Another option is to drop off the permit application in the City Hall vestibule. Permits will be issued once payment is received via mail or utility bill mailbox outside City Hall. Permits that require a rough-in inspection will have the opportunity to set up a virtual inspection without entering the occupied home. Call 952-985-4440 to set up a virtual inspection. We will need an email address where we can send you instructions to download the Amazon Chime app and send you a link to join the virtual inspection. Permits will be available for pickup in the City Hall vestibule or will be emailed.
  • New home and commercial/industrial permits are required to be submitted electronically at permits@lakevillemn.gov and will be reviewed electronically. Once the review is completed, the permit will be issued only when payment is received via mail or utility bill mailbox outside City Hall. Permits will be available for pickup in the City Hall vestibule or will be emailed.
  • Water meter requests will be processed and can be scheduled for delivery to the site or placed in the City Hall vestibule once payment is received via mail or utility bill mailbox outside City Hall. Once approved the permit can be issued when payment is received via mail or utility bill mailbox outside City Hall.
The Building Inspections Department is responsible for enforcing the Minnesota State Building Code. This includes plan review, permitting and inspections of all new commercial and residential structures. Building Inspections also reviews additions, alterations and remodeling of existing commercial and residential structures, and enforces the Property Maintenance Code as it applies to existing structures on a property.

Building Permits

 
According to the Minnesota State Building Code and City Ordinance, permits are required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any gas, mechanical, electrical, plumbing system, or other equipment, the installation of which is regulated by the code. Download a list of work exempt from permit (PDF) per the Minnesota State Building Code. If you have questions about whether or not a permit is required, contact Building Inspections before starting any work.

ePermits (Residential)


The City of Lakeville ePermit system can be used to apply for and obtain simple residential permits that do not require the plan review process. The ePermit system can also be used to look up permits issued to a property and see if the permit received final inspection approval. When searching this site, if any permit does not have a final date and the work was completed, contact Building Inspections to schedule a final inspection. Many times, final inspections are not scheduled and permits are still open. 

Apply for an ePermit for the following projects:
  • Air conditioning (new or replacement)
  • Electrical
  • Fireplace
  • Furnace replacement
  • Garage heater
  • Gas piping
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Re-roofing
  • Re-siding
  • Ventilation (HRV or ERV)
  • Water heater
  • Water softener

Permit Submittal


Building permits can be submitted in person with paper copies to Building Inspections  at City Hall. All residential decks, basement finishes, and remodels are required to submit an application and two copies of plans. Permit submittal checklists can be found on the Project Requirements page along with informational handouts. All application forms can be found on the Permit Application Forms page.

Digital permit submittals are available for new single-family homes, new commercial projects and commercial additions/alterations. Download and submit fillable PDFs for these projects - follow all instructions for submittal.
  1. Building Inspections

    Physical Address
    20195 Holyoke Avenue
    Lakeville, MN 55044


    Directions

    Fax: 952-985-4499


  2. Gene Abbott

    Building Official

  3. Dave Mathews

    Assistant Building Official

Permit Activity Reports / Email Updates 


The City of Lakeville maintains monthly and year-to-date permit activity reports, the most current of which are below. Sign up to get these reports emailed to you each month.