Garage/Accessory Structure

Required Submittals ----- Important: Project address shall be displayed on all submittal documents. Applications with incomplete submittals will be rejected and delayed.

IMPORTANT: Electronic submittal document files are required to be named appropriately to ensure efficient permit processing. Review Naming Submittal Documents prior to starting ePermit process to ensure all files are labeled appropriately. See all related ePermit submittal and resubmittal requirements to help avoid delays in processing. 

  • Township Approval Form - Use form to determine if township approval is required for project location. Submit completed form with township approval signature if applicable. Do not upload if not required.

  • Residential Statement of Intended Use Form - Form must be completed and signed by building owner. 

  • Contact & Contractors Form - Type or print neatly. Upload completed contact and contractor form as applicable for the project. Contacts and sub-contractors listed will be notified of permit.
  • Survey/Detail Site Plans -  details shall include survey or other accurately scaled drawing showing:
    • Location and size of proposed building
    • Location of and distances from proposed building to other structures, property lines, and septic tanks/system
  • Building Plans– Per MN Rules 1300, plans shall be dimensioned and drawn upon suitable material. Complete set of plans including structural and braced wall design, floor layout, cross sections, elevations, and energy. Plans shall be uploaded as one multipage complete set (not individual sheets). Plan sheets shall only be separated if larger than 50 MB. Individual sheet uploads will not be accepted. 
    • See Detached Garage Residential Accessory Structure Handout for specific required details to be included on the plans. 
    • The following details shall be identified on all Garage/Accessory Structure plans 
      • All dimensions and elevations, rooms shall be labeled, unfinished areas shall be labeled
      • Footing and foundations sizes (width and height at all locations) with all bar placement details on foundation page. If foundation information is provided on separate submittal, plans shall reference the document the foundation design details can be found on. Include the corresponding document sheet/page number at each foundation wall section as applicable 
      • All header and beam sizes shall be shown on plans. If provided on separate submittal, plans shall reference the document the header and beam sizes are provided on. Include the corresponding document sheet/page number at each header or beam location
      • Wall bracing design shall be in accordance with R602.10 or by licensed structural engineer - shall include property wind exposure category per R301.2.1.4, locations braced wall lines, size/location of panels, method of bracing and calculations.
      • When unique design methods are being used, it is best to include as much information as possible on the plans
      • Any proposed interior finishes shall be included on plans
  • Truss Specifications - Roof and Floor Layouts and specification sheets. Please upload as on complete pdf file.
  • Erosion and Sediment Control Agreement - Complete Erosion & Sediment Control General Notes for Building Permits form, Signed Building Permit Erosion & Sediment Control (ESC) Escrow Agreement form.
  • Erosion and Sediment Control Plans must include the following details: survey or other accurately- scaled drawing showing the location of the proposed structure, direction of water flow, location of perimeter control, how the site will be permanently stabilized and other requirements that are on the Erosion Control Agreement. For new structures, also include: low floor elevations, limits of grading / construction area, and location of rock entrance. Questions contact SWCD .

Optional Submittals, if Applicable

  • Engineered Design - Engineered design shall be submitted if construction cannot be verified by the minimum prescriptive requirements of the Minnesota Building Code. Design shall be sealed by a structural engineer licensed in the state of Minnesota.
  • Accessory Structures intended to be conditioned with heating or cooling shall also meet MN Residential Energy Code, details shall be included in plans and/or specifications.
  • Specifications - Provide product installation specifications if any materials or fasteners require specific manufacturers’ specifications for installation.

Examples of specifications include:

Beam check sheets
Material ES Report or other listing standard details
Fastener Specifications

Insulated Garage Door Specifications

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