Applying for a Building Permit

Projects Requiring Permits
Building permits are required for most building projects, including new construction, additions, structural changes, decks, finished basements, pools, demolition, structural alterations, roofing, siding and window replacements. Generally additional permits are required for electrical, plumbing and heating/air conditioning work.
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Exempt Projects
Work that is exempt from a permit includes painting, wallpapering, flooring, kitchen cabinets, minor repairs, and detached storage buildings not exceeding 120 square feet. Please note that lot line setback requirements apply to all structures.

Application Process
If a permit is required, you may pick up an application at Wayzata City Hall or download an application from our Permits and Licensing page.

To start the permit issuance process, submit a completed application and 2 sets of plans to the inspection department. The permit will be issued after the plans have been reviewed for code compliance, when a permit is ready to be issued, you will be notified. Fees are paid at the time permits are issued.

Plan Review
Plans should be detailed and neatly drawn to a useable scale. A common scale would be 1/4 quarter inch to 1 foot. Typical residential remodeling plans include floor plans, cross sections, elevations, details of various structural components, and a window schedule. Plans should be dimensioned and include information on use of rooms, wall and ceiling finishes, and lumber sizes and spacing. For simple residential projects, the review should take less than 5 working days. More complex projects can require a longer review periods.

For additional requirements for new 1 and 2 family dwellings and additions read our Building Permits Submittal Requirements (PDF).

Projects that do not require plans are residential reroofs, siding and window replacement if the size of the opening remains unchanged. If your project does not require plans, your permit can be processed upon submittal.

Contractor License
Residential building contractors and remodeling contractors must provide evidence of a current license from the State of Minnesota. Contractors with an exemption certificate must provide a copy of the certificate.

A state law enacted in 2012 requires registration of commercial and residential building construction and improvement contractors who are not already licensed or bonded through the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). For more information call 651-284-5074 or visit their website.

Fee Schedule
Building, demolition, fire suppression, fire alarm and swimming pool permits are based on valuation. Permit valuation includes the total value of all construction work, including material and labor. Also include the value of electrical, gas, mechanical, plumbing equipment and installation and all permanent systems. Plumbing and mechanical permit fees are also based on valuation. View our fee schedule (PDF) for more information.