The Building Official is responsible for interpreting, administering, and enforcing the Minnesota State Building Code. Anyone undertaking a building, mechanical or plumbing project or improvement is required by law to:
- Apply for and receive a building permit from the Building Official before any work is started.
- Schedule and facilitate inspections that will be required throughout the project work.
Benefits of Receiving a Building Permit
- Ensures that completed projects will meet minimum standards of safety.
- Helps maintain the value of your home or business.
- Protects the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction.
- Generally ensures the public's health, safety, and welfare.
Building Permit Process
- Fill out and submit the required permit application(s) from our Permits & Forms Center.
- Document the "Who, What, When, Where and How" of the job, and provide detailed plans of the proposed work.
- The Building Official will review your plans and determine if your project is in compliance with code and building safety requirements. This can take up to 10 days.
- If your plans meet the requirements, you'll be issued a permit.
- If your plans do not meet the requirements, the Building Official will advise you as to what portions require additional information. You can then re-submit your application.
- Please note: Electrical permits are issued through the state electrical inspector, not through this office.
- Pay permit fees and receive your permit
- The permit fee is based on the size and value of the job and covers the costs of the application, review and inspection processes.
- The City of Le Sueur and the Le Sueur Economic Development Authority (EDA) are proud to support a Permit Reduction Fee Program for the first ten (10) new homes constructed in an annual year by waiving Water Access Charge (WAC)/Sewer Access Charge (SAC) fees by $6,000. You must complete the New Home Construction Permit Fee Waiver Application (PDF) and submit it along with your building permit to City Hall to be considered.
- Once you've received your permit, you have legal permission to start your project work.
- Through the process, the Building Official will be available to answer questions concerning your project.
- Call to schedule job-site inspections
- Job-site inspections are required to make certain the work conforms to the permit, local codes, and plans.
- The Building Official will let you know approximately how many inspections you'll need to schedule for your particular project and are noted on the inspection card. A minimum 24 hour notice is needed when requesting Inspections.
- Inspections also enable you to take advantage of the Building Official's experience and expertise; feel free to ask questions or voice any concerns about your project.
- Receive final approval and final legal documentation
- Once you've had your final inspection, the Building Official will provide documentation that the project is complete and is in compliance with code standards.