As part of our response to the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented changes to our building permit process.
- Permits that do not require a plan review (i.e. water heater, water softener, furnace, AC) can be secured and paid for online through ePermits. Another option is to drop off the permit application at the Building Inspections counter in City Hall. Leave the permit application with cash or check for $41 in the basket on the counter. Permits will be processed and emailed as soon as possible.
- Water heater/water softener replacement permits within existing occupied dwellings will be inspected via photos. Download water heater/water softener inspection instructions (PDF).
- Furnace/unit heater/AC replacement permits within existing occupied dwellings will be inspected via photos. Download furnace/AC inspection instructions (PDF).
- Permits for lower level finishes and remodels that require a plan review should be submitted through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Another option is to drop off the permit application in the basket located at the Building Inspections counter in City Hall. We are trying to limit traffic in City Hall as much as possible, so we encourage you to use the email option instead. When the permit has been reviewed, you will receive email notification that is ready to be issued and what the payment options are. Once payment is received permits will be emailed. Inspections can be scheduled by calling 952-985-4440.
- Permits for swimming pools that require a plan review should be submitted through email at email@example.com. Another option is to drop off the permit application and survey at the Building Inspections counter in City Hall. Leave permit application and survey with cash or check for $51 in the basket on the counter. Permits will go through plan review, then be processed and emailed as soon as possible.
- New home and commercial/industrial permits are required to be submitted electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org and will be reviewed electronically. Once the review is completed, the permit will be issued once payment is received. Permits will be emailed.
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 ePermit 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
Permit SubmittalBuilding permits requiring plan review (i.e. decks, porches, lower levels, additions, remodels) can be submitted via email to email@example.com or in person with paper copies to the Building Inspections counter at City Hall. All are required to submit an application, a copy of plans and survey (if required). 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.
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.