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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!

Attention Builders: As of November 29, 2021 the City of Lake Elmo will resume in-house plan reviews.
When submitting new construction plans you will need to submit:
One set of digital plans
One hard copy (18 inches by 24 inches) of plans to be returned.
Once approved with comments, this set is to be kept on-site and made available to inspectors during all inspections.

All other items for application submittals may be done digitally.
Please submit plans to dwendt@lakeelmo.org

To schedule an inspection or general building related questions, call the Building Department at 651-747-3918. 48-hour notice is required for all inspections.

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?

City of Lake Elmo Zoning Code

Call before you dig: Gopher State One
2022 Fee Schedule
2022 Land Use Application Due Dates


Building Permit Applications

It is important to include all of the required materials in your submission.

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

All permit applications may be emailed to dwendt@lakeelmo.org

For new homes, the City requires a building permit application, one certificate of survey to scale, and one set of house plans needs to be emailed to dwendt@lakeelmo.org

Electrical permits are issued through the State of Minnesota's eTRAKiT system which can be found here.  

For right-of-way permits and information, visit our right-of-way permitting page.

For City licensing, visit our licensing page.

The City of Lake Elmo is now accepting online payments for building and zoning permits. Payments from checking/saving accounts are charged $1 per transaction, payments from credit cards are charged 2.75%. Payments are capped at $30,000.

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Permit Applications42 documents

Building Permit Applications17 documents

  • Basement Finish Permit Application
    document Header Basement Finish Permit Application
  • Building Permit Application
    document Header Building Permit Application
  • Contractor License Application
    document Header Contractor License Application
  • Deck Permit Application
    document Header Deck Permit Application
  • Demolition Permit Application Packet
    document Header Demolition Permit Application Packet
  • Driveway Permit Application
    document Header Driveway Permit Application
  • Fire Alarm Permit Application
    document Header Fire Alarm Permit Application
  • Fire Suppression Permit Application
    document Header Fire Suppression Permit Application
  • Manufactured Home Installation Permit Application
    document Header Manufactured Home Installation Permit Application
  • Mechanical Permit Application
    document Header Mechanical Permit Application
  • New Family Home Permit Application
    document Header New Family Home Permit Application
  • Plumbing Permit Application
    document Header Plumbing Permit Application
  • Pool Permit Application
    document Header Pool Permit Application
  • Request for Permit Extension
    document Header Request for Permit Extension
  • Rural Accessory Building Permit Application Packet
    document Header Rural Accessory Building Permit Application Packet
  • Solar Energy Permit Application
    document Header Solar Energy Permit Application
  • Urban Accessory Building Permit Application Packet
    document Header Urban Accessory Building Permit Application Packet

Building/Zoning Permit Applications6 documents

  • Bed and Breakfast Permit Application Packet
    document Header Bed and Breakfast Permit Application Packet
  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance
    document Header Certificate of Zoning Compliance
  • Fence Permit Application
    document Header Fence Permit Application
  • Grading Permit Application
    document Header Grading Permit Application
  • Parking Lot Permit Application Packet
    document Header Parking Lot Permit Application Packet
  • Sign Permit Application
    document Header Sign Permit Application

Land Use Applications19 documents

  • Certificate of Zoning Compliance
    document Header Certificate of Zoning Compliance
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendment
    document Header Comprehensive Plan Amendment
  • Conditional Use Permit
    document Header Conditional Use Permit
  • Easement Vacation
    document Header Easement Vacation
  • Final Plat
    document Header Final Plat
  • Interim Use Permit Handout Packet
    document Header Interim Use Permit Handout Packet
  • Lot Division Handout
    document Header Lot Division Handout
  • Lot Line Adjustment
    document Header Lot Line Adjustment
  • Minor Subdivision
    document Header Minor Subdivision
  • Planned Unit Development (PUD) Final Plan
    document Header Planned Unit Development (PUD) Final Plan
  • Planned Unit Development (PUD) Pre-Application Conference Requirements
    document Header Planned Unit Development (PUD) Pre-Application Conference Requirements
  • Planned Unit Development (PUD) Preliminary Plan
    document Header Planned Unit Development (PUD) Preliminary Plan
  • Preliminary Plat
    document Header Preliminary Plat
  • Special Event Permit
    document Header Special Event Permit
  • Subdivision Sketch Plan Review
    document Header Subdivision Sketch Plan Review
  • Variance
    document Header Variance
  • Zoning Appeal
    document Header Zoning Appeal
  • Zoning Map Amendment
    document Header Zoning Map Amendment
  • Zoning Text Amendment
    document Header Zoning Text Amendment

Informational Handouts5 documents

  • Certificate of Grading ("As-Built") Requirements
    document Header Certificate of Grading ("As-Built") Requirements
  • Certificate of Survey Requirements
    document Header Certificate of Survey Requirements
  • Commonly Missed Items
    document Header Commonly Missed Items
  • Deck Requirements
    document Header Deck Requirements
  • Egress Windows.pdf
    document Header Egress Windows.pdf

Commercial Information and Permits3 documents

  • Commercial Building Permit Information
    document Header Commercial Building Permit Information
  • Commercial Permit Application Workbook
    document Header Commercial Permit Application Workbook
  • Minor Commercial Plumbing Checklist
    document Header Minor Commercial Plumbing Checklist

Golf Carts3 documents

  • Golf Cart Map
    document Header Golf Cart Map
  • Golf Cart Ordinance
    document Header Golf Cart Ordinance
  • Golf Cart Permit Application
    document Header Golf Cart Permit Application