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.
NEW - Temporary Process for Commercial Plumbing Permits
Due to temporary staffing changes, beginning immediately all commercial plumbing permits are required to submit plans and specs to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) for review and approval. Minnesota Rules, part 1300.0215, subpart 6 requires any person, corporation or public agency installing or altering a plumbing system that serves the public or a considerable number of people to submit plans and specifications for review and approval.
The City will continue to perform plumbing inspections and issue plumbing permits based on the results of the Minnesota DLI plan review. Plumbing permits cannot be issued until the plumbing plans are approved.
Below are links to the Minnesota DLI with information on this process and to apply for plumbing plan review. Minor remodel plumbing projects can be submitted directly to the City of Lakeville for review. See the link below to see if your project complies with the limits of a “minor remodel."
Contact the City of Lakeville Building Inspections Department at 952-985-4440 with any questions about this process.
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.
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 e-Permit for the following projects:
- Air conditioning (new or replacement)
- Furnace replacement
- Garage heater
- Gas piping
- Lawn sprinklers
- Ventilation (HRV or ERV)
- Water heater
- Water softener
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.
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.