City of North St. Paul Building & Permit Information

The City of North St. Paul building and fire inspectors follow the Minnesota State Building Code with State Amendments to set minimum standards for all commercial and residential construction in the city to ensure the safety and performance for all structures. Permits regulate the design, construction, and quality of materials used in our community and are an investment in your property and the well-being of our community.

Permits ensure proper services including inspections are provided to safeguard life, health, property and public welfare. City inspectors will inspect a project several times during construction.

North St Paul City General Specs and Standards Detail Plates (PDF)

The City of North St. Paul requires building permits for a variety of projects including:

  • New construction
  • Remodeling/Additions
  • Decks
  • Driveways
  • Egress Windows
  • Fence Installation
  • Garages
  • Roofing
  • Sheds
  • Swimming Pools
  • Forestry/Tree Installation
  • Windows & Exterior Doors

The City also requires permits for several construction related activities including:

  • Demolition
  • Dumpsters
  • Electrical
  • Fire Alarm & Sprinklers
  • Mechanical—All Mechanical Contractors must always apply for a City License
  • Plumbing
  • Right-of-Way
  • Storm Water
  • Trenching and Underground Tanks

In some cases, the City of North St. Paul may require a Planning & Zoning Permit. Please review our guidelines before submitting your permit application.

Other Permits managed by the City of North St. Paul Include:

  • Fireworks
  • Special Events
  • Sign Permits
  • Zoning Permits

Information for Contractors

Contractors needing permits for work in the City of North St. Paul, will find the necessary applications, handouts and licensing information on our Information for Contractors page.

Information for Residents

Property owners doing work on their own property may apply for building permits without the need for a contractor’s license. Please review the information on our Information for Residents.

Permit Application Process

To obtain a permit, you must submit a completed permit application including materials information to the City of North St. Paul Community Development Department by:

  • Mailing it to Community Development City of North St. Paul 2400 Margaret Street North St. Paul, MN 55109
  • Bringing your materials to City Hall (Once the COVID restrictions are removed)
  • Emailing your application to Community Development at

Once the City of North St. Paul receives your completed permit application:

  • Allow ten-business days for permit approval if a city plan review is required
  • Once your permit is approved, construction may begin within 180 days or a new permit will be required.
  • As work is finished, contact the City for the necessary inspections
  • A minimum notice of 24-hours is required for all inspections.

Requests for Inspections

The Community Development Department is available to answer your questions or to schedule inspections Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at