The Building Inspections Department is responsible for enforcing the Minnesota State Building Code. This includes plan review, permitting and inspections of all new commercial and residential structures. Building Inspections also reviews additions, alterations and remodeling of existing commercial and residential structures, and enforces the Property Maintenance Code as it applies to existing structures on a property.
According to the Minnesota State Building Code and City Ordinance, permits are required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any gas, mechanical, electrical, plumbing system, or other equipment, the installation of which is regulated by the code. Download a list of work exempt from permit (PDF) per the Minnesota State Building Code. If you have questions about whether or not a permit is required, contact Building Inspections before starting any work.
The City of Lakeville ePermit system can be used to apply for and obtain simple residential permits that do not require the plan review process. The ePermit system can also be used to look up permits issued to a property and see if the permit received final inspection approval. When searching this site, if any permit does not have a final date and the work was completed, contact Building Inspections to schedule a final inspection. Many times, final inspections are not scheduled and permits are still open.
Apply for an e-Permit for the following projects:
- Air conditioning (new or replacement)
- Furnace replacement
- Garage heater
- Gas piping
- Lawn sprinklers
- Ventilation (HRV or ERV)
- Water heater
- Water softener
Building permits can be submitted in person with paper copies to Building Inspections at City Hall. All residential decks, basement finishes, and remodels are required to submit an application and two copies of plans. Permit submittal checklists can be found on the Project Requirements page along with informational handouts. All application forms can be found on the Permit Application Forms page.
Digital permit submittals are available for new single-family homes, new commercial projects and commercial additions/alterations. Download and submit fillable PDFs for these projects - follow all instructions for submittal.
Permit Activity Reports / Email Updates
The City of Lakeville maintains monthly and year-to-date permit activity reports, the most current of which are below. Sign up to get these reports emailed to you each month.