Permit Applications


We are currently experiencing a high number of permit applications. Please note that your permit may take additional time to process, so please plan accordingly. We will contact you for payment when your permit is ready to be processed.

Thank you for your patience!

All fees are determined by our fee schedule. Contact the Building Safety Division at 763-635-1060 before sending payment for a permit. We accept cash, check, and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, & Discover)

Note: There is a penalty for starting construction prior to the issuance of a building permit.

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We are currently implementing new paperless permitting software. Please either use the "Submit Online" option (if available) or email the application and any plans or documents (PDF) electronically to


We will contact you for payment when your permit is ready to be processed and then email you the permit and applicable documents.

Thank you for your patience as we work to serve you better!

  1. Residential
  2. Commercial
  3. Electrical

Below is a list of all residential building permits for the City of Elk River. Contact the Building Safety Division at 763-635-1060 if you have questions or need assistance applying for a permit.

Applications submitted online or via email will typically be processed within 1 - 2 business days (subject to change without notice). We will contact you for payment information when the permit is ready to be issued.

Please understand this is our busiest time of year. Permits requiring plan review make take up to 2-3 weeks depending on 1) if a complete application was originally submitted and 2) staffing levels.

Please allow a minimum of 24 hours advance notice to schedule an inspection. We are unable to schedule same day inspections.

*  Requires Plan Review - Submit plans - Only ONE copy is needed               

** Requires Approval