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Building Permits & Zoning Applications

Welcome to the building permits and zoning applications page. All of the following informational documents and applications are intended to guide you through the building and land use process within the City of Lake Elmo. If any of the information contained within this section is unclear, please contact the City of Lake Elmo Planning or Building Department for clarification. We are happy to assist you!

Before engaging in Building or Zoning activities in the City, check to see if a permit is needed. The following document should help you determine what types of projects require a building or zoning permit.
When are city permits needed?
2018 Fee Schedule
Call before you dig: Gopher State One

BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Depending on what type of project you are completing, it is important to include all of the required materials in your submission.

Please read about the building permit process attached: The Building Permit Process

Residential Building Permit Information  Residential Building Permit  Building Permit   Residential Fee Schedule  2018 Fee Schedule

EFFECTIVE 3/1/17, FOR NEW HOME PERMITS, THE CITY WILL ONLY REQUIRE A BUILDING PERMIT, 2 CERTIFICATE OF SURVEYS TO SCALE AND 1 SET OF PLANS.

COMMERCIAL INFORMATION AND PERMITS:

Commercial Building Permit Information    Commercial Permit Application Workbook

EFFECTIVE 1/1/16 ELECTRICAL PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED THROUGH THE STATE OF MINNESOTA ETRACKIT SYSTEM.  Click here for state permit site

PLEASE NOTE: THE CITY ONLY REQUIRES CITY CONTRACTOR LICENSES FOR DRIVEWAY CONTRACTORS.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY ACCEPTS CASH OR CHECK ONLY AND NO CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ARE ACCEPTED.  PERMITS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED VIA FAX.

Basement Finish Permit Application
Building Permit
Contractor license
Deck Permit
Demolition Permit Packet
Driveway Permit
Fire Alarm Permit Application
New Fire Suppression Permit
Manufactured Home Installation Permit
Mechanical Permit Application
Plumbing Permit Application
Pool Permit Application
Rural Accessory Building Application Packet
Solar Energy Application
Urban Accessory Building Packet

INFORMATIONAL HANDOUTS
The following informational handouts are designed to help understand the requirements for specific permits.
2015 Significant Changes to Residential Code 
Certificate of Survey Requirements
Connect existing homes to the city water system Handout Revised 5-31-2016

Connect existing homes to the city sewer system Handout Revised 10-6-2016
Connect existing Businesses to the city water system Handout Revised 5-31-2016
Connect Existing Businesses to the city sewer system Handout Revised 10-6-2016
HVAC Requirements
Garage Handout
Pole Buildings
Residential Required Inspections
Residential Roofing Informational Sheet
Required Residential Setbacks
Siding Info Sheet
Site Plan Minimum Requirements
Windows Info Sheet

BUILDING/ZONING PERMITS
Fences and signs always require a permit. Fences under 6 feet require a zoning permit and have a flat fee. Fences over 6 feet require a building permit and the fee is based on value. Residential signs and temporary signs require a zoning permit and have a flat fee. Most commercial signs require building permits and are based on valuation. The same form is used for both zoning and building permits for these two uses.
Bed and Breakfast Permit Application Packet
Grading Permit Application Packet
Parking Lot Permit Application Packet
Sign Permit
Fence Permit Application

LAND USE APPLICATIONS
If you are interested in submitting a land use application pertaining to the use of your property, you can find the following applications below: Depending on the action requested, it is important to follow all of the necessary steps in the submission and review process. Please see attached submission dates: 2018 Application Submission Deadlines  If you have any questions regarding any of these forms, please contact the Planning Department.

Certificate of Zoning Compliance Application
Comprehensive Plan Application
CUP Application Packet
Final Plat Application Packet
IUP handout packet
Land Use Application General
Lot Line Adjustment Application Packet
Minor Subdivision Application
Preliminary Plat Application Packet
PUD Concept Plan Stage Packet
PUD Preliminary Plan Stage Packet
PUD Final Plan Stage Packet
Subdivision Sketch Plan Review Packet
Special Event Permit
Variance Application Packet
Zoning Appeal Application Packet
Zoning Map Amendment
Zoning Text Application