Construction Code Services
New Construction Requirements
In an effort to gain control of problems that have arisen due to the level of construction activity presently occurring the information herein will now be required. These requirements apply city-wide for all new buildings. Beginning April 7th, 2014 all new building projects that require excavation shall:
- Submit a plan for an engineered system to protect adjacent property
- Install the engineered system immediately upon excavation
- Have the system inspected by the design engineer and the city before beginning footing work
- Maintain the integrity of the system until no longer needed
Engineered soil retention systems to protect adjoining property will be required for additions when they are within 10' of the property line and may threaten adjoining structures.
Construction sites have also become a problem with respect to the use of city right-of-way. Current city standards do not allow the use of right-of-way for staging or storing of construction materials or for other related uses. The right-of-way normally extends several feet into any property from the sidewalk. Beginning April 7th, 2014 all construction sites shall:
- Remove all construction related materials from city right-of-way and place them entirely within the property being worked on or remove them from the site
- Obtain an encroachment permit from the Public Works Department before placing any construction related materials in the right-of-way and adhere to the requirements of the permit
Construction debris containers that must be placed in the street require obtaining a street use permit. These containers must comply with any parking regulations in place either temporary or permanent. Containers located in the street should always be placed in front of the property where work is occurring. Containers may be placed within the property being worked on, but not in the right-of-way, without a permit.
Violations of these requirements will result in the issuance of appropriate orders and citations which will remain in place until compliance is achieved.
Minneapolis Residential Construction Management Agreement
As a result of the problems that have been occurring the city's Zoning and Planning Committee voted Thursday, April 3rd to lift the tear down moratorium and replace it with the Construction Management Plan. Effective April 3rd, 2014 all un-occupied construction projects of wrecking, new build, or major remodeling of 1 and 2 unit dwelling structures are subject to sign the Residential Construction Management Agreement.
New Mechanical Requirements
Mechanical Contractors: The City of Minneapolis requires that the heating load form for furnaces and boilers installed in single family homes or duplexes be left at the job site
- Please use our Home Heat Loss form. You can also use your own form, as long as it has all the information contained on the City form.
- Leave the heating load form with the homeowner package of information that includes the design, testing, and installation instructions.
- The form will be reviewed when the inspector is out at the property.
- NEW House Heat Test Record form (Orsat test) for new installs. Please leave this form at the house also.
Construction Code Services (CCS) is comprised of three business lines:
- Plan Review
- Construction Inspections
Plan Review staff examines and approves construction plans before a permit is issued. Plan review looks at the required building codes and coordinates with other city requirements. Many projects need just a simple plan but other projects may need full architectural plans. Some projects, such as replacing a roof, do not need any plan review. See Permits and Plans.
Construction Inspections includes building, plumbing, mechanical and elevator inspections. Construction projects have required inspections that need to be completed at different stages of the project. The permit will have the inspectors name and phone number to call to set up an inspection. See Construction Inspections.
Electrical work requires a State of MN permit and inspection. See the State of MN electrical information on permits. For an electrical inspection contact the inspector at MN Electrical Licensing and Inspection website or call (651) 284-5064.
Certificate of Occupancy
A Certificate of Occupancy is required before any new building can be occupied, or before an existing building can be used for a new purpose (for example, retail space converted to a school).
- A Truth-in-Sale of Housing (TISH) report is needed to sell a single family, duplex, townhouse or first-time condo conversion. A TISH report is valid for two years, or one sale. Find a licensed evaluator, see what steps to follow, get a list of common repair items.
- A Code Compliance Inspection is needed for condemned properties. A Truth-in-Sale of Housing report can not be done for condemned properties. There are special requirements and forms for selling or buying boarded or condemned properties.Additional fees are required to be paid before permits can be obtained to repair condemned properties.
Certificate of Competency (Comp Cards)
A certificate issued by the City that attests that the cardholder has the necessary qualifications and technical knowledge to install, alter, repair, and service systems in a given trade.
Elevators and Related Devices
The City of Minneapolis has new procedures incorporating the State of MN requirement of annual inspections of elevators and related devices. Handouts explaining the process and how to prepare for the inspection are now available online. A new permit application for elevators and related devices is now available.
NEW: Contractors need to fill out the Ready to Inspect checklist (pdf) and return it to the City of Minneapolis before calling for a final inspection on new elevator installations.
Construction Code Services supports sustainable building practices on many levels. We recognize the need to support and promote Green technologies as an increasingly important part of our building future.
- Green Buildings Options Checklist (pdf)
- Green Building for Residential Buildings (pdf)
- Green Building Options throughout the House (pdf)
- New Owners Energy Saving Tips (pdf)
- Financial Incentives for Building Green
Construction Codes and Related Information
Energy code requirements for 1 & 2 family homes and town homes (effective June 1, 2009)
Energy Code for 1 &2 family homes and town homes (pdf)
State code now requires radon resistant building features in new home construction (effective June 1, 2009)
Radon Resistant Construction (pdf)
Radon Resistant New Construction-Best Practices (pdf)
Helpful Sites and Information
Look up building and zoning information, inspections history, permit status, and more, for addresses in Minneapolis.
Building Code Appeal Form (pdf) Use to appeal a Building Code issue
Extension Request (pdf) Use to request an extension of time to complete the work orders
RFS Administrative Citation Appeal Form (pdf) Use to appeal an administrative citation (fine)
Code Interpretation, Modification and Alternative Materials, Design or Methods Request Form Use to request a modification to the code requirements (see requirement checklist below)
Checklist for alternative material. design or methods of construction Information needed to request a modification to the code (use with the form above)
Construction Related Sites
Last updated Apr. 7, 2014