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The Building Department provides technical assistance, plan review services, plumbing, mechanical and building inspection services for code compliance.  Electrical inspections are handled by the State of MN.

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
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

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 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?

Building Department Contacts
John Taylor, Building Official - (651) 747-3910 - 
Chris Chandler, Building Inspector - (651) 747-3915 -
Diane Wendt, Permit Technician - (651)-747-3918 -