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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?

City of Lake Elmo Zoning Code

Call before you dig: Gopher State One
2019 Fee Schedule


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

For new homes, the City requires a building permit application, two certificates of surveys to scale, and one set of plans turned into the office, an additional set of house plans needs to be emailed to tnuss@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.

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Categories always sorted by seq (sub-categories sorted within each category)
Documents sorted by HEADER in Ascending Order within category

Permit Applications38 documents

Building Permit Applications15 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
  • Plumbing Permit Application
    document Header Plumbing Permit Application
  • Pool Permit Application
    document Header Pool Permit Application
  • 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 Applications5 documents

  • Bed and Breakfast Permit Application Packet
    document Header Bed and Breakfast Permit Application Packet
  • 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 Applications18 documents

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

Informational Handouts3 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
  • Egress Windows.pdf
    document Header Egress Windows.pdf

Commercial Information and Permits2 documents

  • Commercial Building Permit Information
    document Header Commercial Building Permit Information
  • Commercial Permit Application Workbook
    document Header Commercial Permit Application Workbook

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