Building Safety

Important COVID-19 Information:

Last Updated: June 22, 2020

At this time, the Building Safety Division will continue to provide services with the following exceptions:

Building Permit Applications, which are available at online here, will only be accepted via the following ways until further notice:

  • Email 
  • Online Submission (if applicable)
  • US Mail/UPS/FedEx/etc.
  • Secure drop box located in the vestibule at the front door of City Hall

Permit Fees may be paid via:

  • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) online here.
  • Check by US Mail/UPS/FedEx/etc.
  • Check by dropping off in the secure drop box in the vestibule at the front door of City Hall

Inspections for New Residential Construction, Commercial Projects and Exterior Projects (reroof, residing, pools, outbuildings, decks, etc.) will continue as normal.

Window & Door inspections will be inspected on the exterior only. Smoke & CO Detectors still need to be verified that they meet code. Please verify and notify us in writing that all Smoke & CO Detectors meet code at installation.

Interior inspections of occupied homes will be inspected digitally via emailed pictures.

  • It is the Permit Applicant’s responsibility to take and submit ample photographs of the work being completed.
  • Pictures can be emailed to Building@ElkRiverMN.gov. The address and permit number must be indicated in the subject line or main text of the email. Only send the minimum number of pictures necessary for us to view the scope of work.
  • An inspector will then review your pictures for compliance. You will be emailed if it passes or if corrections are required.
  • For work done prior to June 22,2020 where pictures have not been taken, please contact us and we will determine how inspections will be completed on a case-by-case basis.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you. Our main goal is to maintain the safety of yourself and our staff. We appreciate your understanding and willingness to work together with us as we navigate through uncharted territory. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Building Safety Division oversees all residential and commercial building, mechanical, plumbing, fire alarms/sprinklers, and rental dwelling licensing issued in the city limits. The Minnesota Building and Fire Codes are enforced and adhered to on all permits. Some exceptions to this requirement are listed in the building code. Obtaining a permit, by a homeowner and/or contractor, ensures safety and full compliance with the Minnesota State Building Code.

Permits

Permits are required for most residential and commercial projects, including, but not limited to:

  • Decks
  • Porches
  • Finishing a Basement
  • Garages/Sheds/Outbuildings (over 200 square feet)
  • New Additions and Remodeling
  • New Construction
  • Plumbing
  • Heating/HVAC
  • Re-roofing
  • Re-siding
  • Window Replacement
  • Door Replacement
  • Electrical (issued by the State)