Required Permits

Building Permits

The City of Excelsior issues a combination permit for all residential construction projects. General contractors or homeowners doing their own work will pay for and be issued all applicable permits for work included in their project at the time the building permit is issued with the exception of electrical (Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Sewer and Water, etc.). Separate permits will only be issued when there is no related building permit for the work necessary.

A building permit is required any time you do work that is regulated by the building code. This includes:

  • Any work done to the permanent weather resistive surfaces of the dwelling such as the siding, windows, or roof
  • A change in the use of a space or the finishing of unfinished space
  • The building of additions, garages, and decks (Note: this may also require a Residential Review Permit...more information can be found here.)

Work that is exempt from a permit includes painting, wallpapering, flooring, kitchen cabinets, and minor repairs. Detached storage buildings not exceeding 120 square feet do not require a building permit if they are not installed on a concrete slab. They do, however, require a plan review.

Mechanical, Plumbing & Electrical Permits

A mechanical permit is required for work done with air exchange systems, heating, and air conditioning. A plumbing permit is required when adding a water fixture such as a sink, tub, toilet, or lawn sprinklers. An electrical permit is required for work done with your electrical wiring system. Electrical permits are issued by the State of Minnesota. Information and permits can be accessed from the State of Minnesota website.