Building Inspections

Building Inspections Update:  June 26, 2020

The Building Inspections Department office is closed to the public, but we continue to provide services.

  • To reduce exposure to our staff. all permits must be applied for electronically through our on-line ePermit system. Through this system permit applicants will select the permit type and enter permit data, upload required submittal and/or revision documents, make payments, and retrieve final approved documents. All instructions related to ePermits can all be found here.
  • Inspections of commercial buildings, unoccupied residential buildings, and exterior permit types are being conducted in strict accordance with Stay Safe MN requirements. For detailed requirements, see Preparedness Plan Requirements Guidance – Construction.
  • Inspections within occupied homes are being conducted by live video conferencing (must have smart phone) or -- in some cases -- image submittals. Visit the Inspections and Scheduling section for complete information. We encourage anyone with permits to get prepared with at least one type of live video conferencing, so you are prepared for possible future need.

Above all we hope you are all staying safe and recommend frequently checking this web page for updates.

Scott County Building Inspections

The Scott County Building Inspections Department is responsible for administering the Minnesota State Building Code. This site is intended to provide you, with information to help you navigate your way through the permitting process and to make your project a positive experience. Please take the time to browse through our site. If you have any comments or questions regarding our website or your experience with the Scott County Building Inspections Department, appreciate hearing from your feedback.

Important Notice: 2020 Residential Code is ready and should be available for purchase on April 4. ICC has a free on-line version on their website:

2020 March Building Inspections Newsletter


When is a permit required?

MN State Statute 326B and Administrative Rule 1300.0120 requires permits to be obtained any time a building or structure is built, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, converted, demolished, or changes use and to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any gas, mechanical, plumbing system, or equipment.

Building permits are required to ensure that minimum construction standards (established by the Minnesota State Building Code) are met. These minimum standards provide safeguards for life, limb, health, property, and welfare by regulating design, construction, materials, use, and the type of occupancy of all buildings.

Work exempt from a building permit:

Types of work not needing a permit include accessory structures 200 square feet or less, painting, wallpaper, carpet, tile, replace cabinets and similar finish work, fences under 7 feet tall, and sidewalks.

For a full list of work not needing a permit and other state permit regulations, see: Minnesota Administrative Rules 1300.0120

Please note: Zoning or Environmental Services permit, review, or approval may be required even if a building permit is not.


Scott County uses ePermits for all permits types. ePermits provide the ability to obtain residential and commercial building, plumbing, and mechanical permits quickly and conveniently online.

The following documents are available to help you through the process:

Use the links below to register and for permit information

Register as a Scott County ePermit Portal user

ePermit Information – Residential and Commercial Building, Plumbing, and Mechanical 

Plan Review Permits

Residential and commercial permit applications requiring plan review and will be processed in order of application/submittals acceptance. Please be aware, permit acceptance will be delayed if required submittal documents and plans are incomplete or missing.

To avoid project delays we strongly recommend permits be applied for well in advance of the scheduled construction start date.

Same Day Permits (if applied for prior to 4pm)

Residential Building
  • Re-roof
  • Re-side
  • Replacement Window/Door
Residential Plumbing
  • Water Heater
  • Water Softener
  • Lawn Irrigation/Backflow Prevention
  • Drain Tile/Sump Pump
  • Minor Alterations/Repairs
Residential Mechanical
  • Air Conditioner
  • Air Exchanger
  • Boiler
  • Furnace
  • Gas Line
  • Hydronic Tubing
  • Unit Heater
  • Minor Alterations/Repairs

If you have additional permit questions, please contact one of our team members.