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If you're planning a do-it-yourself home improvement project, contact the Building Division at 763-635-1060 for information about specific zoning and building code requirements. Staff can provide informational handouts that explain how to design, construct, and obtain a permit for most home improvement projects.
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Fire extinguishers can be dropped off for servicing at the Building Division counter at City Hall. A third-party fire equipment company comes to do the servicing approximately every 2 weeks, depending on how many extinguishers there are to be serviced. Once the extinguishers have been serviced, you will be notified via phone that it’s ready for pick-up. The City charges a $5 service fee plus the cost of the actual servicing, which is determined at that time. If you have any questions, call the Building Division at 763-635-1060.
The contractor you hire to complete your project is responsible for compliance with the state building code and they should be licensed by the state (when required) to perform the work. If there is ever a question as to whether or not some aspect of a construction project complies with the code, the contractor is the responsible party. If you are performing the work yourself, then you are the responsible party.
If you are planning improvements to your property and do not want to do the work yourself, the following suggestions can help you select a contractor:
The State Department of Commerce establishes the rules for licensing of contractors. Most contractors are required to be licensed, however, there are some exceptions. You should ask your contractor if they are licensed. If a contractor asks you to apply for the building permit, chances are they are not licensed because we verify contractor licensing for all building permit applications. Resident homeowners do not have to be licensed to perform work on their own home. If you have questions about contractor licensing, contact the Department of Commerce at 651-539-1500.
If you're planning to do any digging in connection with your building project, you must call Gopher State One Call at 800-252-1166 to arrange for utility companies to mark the buried utility lines in your yard. This service is free, but you should call at least 48 hours prior to digging. Learn more online at Gopher State One Call's website.