Permit Requirements

All Permits Require:

  1. Work Description – a detailed description of your project. “See Plan”, etc. will not be accepted. The more details provided the better.
  2. Property Address
    1. Residential – must be a valid address or PID – information is taken from Sherburne County records and updated monthly. If an address or PID is not available, check your address to verify if it is within another jurisdiction (the zip code 55330 covers a larger area than the actual city limits).
    2. Commercial – verify correct address. If located where there are multiple addresses on a property, you may enter the assigned address to the parcel and update the number after.
    3. No Specific Address - (Street Disruption/ROW, RPZ, Grading), type a very brief description (streets, intersections, etc. involved) in the “street” portion of the address.
  3. Valuation – the estimate of the value/worth of the project in dollars. A helpful way to think about this is the cost of the labor and materials. If you are obtaining reduced costs (free/discounted labor and/or materials), use current market prices, not your reduced numbers.

Submittal Documents Requirements

*Please review the Permit Requirements Table to determine what is required for your specific permit & permit sub-type.

Documents must be:

  • In PDF Form - do not submit photos of your plans.
  • Legible – review your documents to make sure everything is legible, especially when you zoom in. Send original electronic documents if possible or something that is scanned a maximum of one time. The more you scan, the less legible documents are. 
  • Labeled - for easy identification (do not use a “scanner” document name such as SKM_C36822111615500). Having an applicable title on your document(s) helps staff identify the document quickly and reduces confusion.
  • Reduced in Size – remove any unnecessary layers, etc. Smaller files upload quicker, which helps staff review your project in a timely fashion. Size limits may apply on the portal apply, as well.
  • Accessible – permissions and securities must be removed. You can tell if your PDF is secured by looking at the title when you have the document open. If the document is secured, the word (SECURED) will be in parenthesis after the title. 
  • Commercial Projects - please have your documents separated by type of plan (General, Civil, Architectural, Structural, etc.).

Need Assistance?

  • The primary form of contact will be via email and the online portal. Be sure to check your email's junk and spam folders as well.
  • For those in need of access to a scanner or computer/email, visit City Hall for assistance. Plans needing scanning should be sized 11" x 17" or smaller.