To help clarify some of the City’s construction permit requirements, we have prepared a short summary of the answers to frequently-asked questions.
What types of projects require a building permit?
New construction, building additions, remodeling, garages, storage sheds (in excess of 200 square feet), decks, porches, shingling, siding, windows, pools. Replacing or installing sheetrock or insulation also requires a permit.
If your proposed storage shed is smaller than 200 square feet, please contact the Building & Zoning Office concerning the proposed location for the shed.
Please contact the Building & Zoning Office concerning placement and types of materials to be used in fences and retaining walls.
This is a general list and does not include every construction project that may require a building permit.Please contact the Building Official to verify whether you need a permit for your project (831-6125) or stop in our office at City Hall (444 9th Street).
What other types of permits may be required?
Permits are also required for demolition of buildings, moving of buildings, signs, driveways (in some instances), water and sewer connections, excavation in the street, and planting of trees on the boulevards.
What types of projects do not require a building permit?
Painting, wallpapering, cabinets, carpet, tile, wood or laminate flooring, decorative landscaping, roof gutters and downspouts, and patio slabs do not require a permit. However, please verify with the Building Department the proposed location of your patio slab.
Contractor: Name, address, telephone number, and state license number;
Description of the proposed work;
Estimated valuation of the work (includes total dollar value for both materials and labor).
Even though you may be doing the project yourself, there is still a value for your labor. A fair and reasonable amount for your labor needs to be included with the cost of materials in calculating the total valuation of the project.
The foregoing is a list of the basic information contained on the application form. However, the Building Official may also require information concerning construction methods, types of materials, proposed location of project, and other additional items depending upon the project.
How long is a building permit effective?
A building permit is valid for 180 days from the date of issuance. This means that the project must be commenced within that time, but does not need to be finished by the end of the 180 days. Construction on the project may continue thereafter provided there are no extended breaks in the construction period. If it appears that your project cannot be completed during the construction season, please contact the Building & Zoning Office.
Are copies of any plans needed?
Most repair and remodeling projects do not require plans. HOWEVER, copies of plans are needed for any type of new construction or addition. Depending on the project, you may need to include two (2) sets of the following plans:
Site Plan: Indicating lot size, building location and size, setback dimensions, location of streets and alleys, easement locations, etc.
Floor Plans: Including the basement whether or not it is to be finished.
Wall Sections: For new construction and additions.
Door and Window Schedules: For new construction and additions.
Truss and Floor Joist Specifications: For new construction and additions.
Exterior Elevations: For new construction and additions.
Plumbing and Mechanical Plans: For new construction and additions.
Energy Code Worksheets and Checklists: For new construction and additions.
Additional plans and information may be required depending upon your project. The Building Official will advise you as to which plans are needed for your project and can assist you in determining where to locate this information.
Commercial specifications and requirements are different. Please contact the Building Official if you are considering such a project.
What inspections are required?
The inspections required are different for different types of projects. At the time that you apply for your building permit, the Building Official will discuss with you what inspections are required for your project. The contractor (or owner if he/she is doing the construction work) is responsible for calling the Building & Zoning Office to schedule the required inspections (831-6125).
Note: All electrical inspections are to be conducted by the State Electrical Inspector. If you are doing the wiring yourself, you should contact the State Electrical Inspector as to the requirements and also the specific inspections. (The Regional Inspector for our area is Randy Maha – Phone: 507-274-5261.)
If you have any questions concerning construction materials or methods, building code requirements for your project, building permit requirements, or to verify what inspections are required for your project, please contact the Building Official by calling 831-6125 or by stopping in at the Building & Zoning Office in City Hall.
Windom City Hall
Monday-Friday: 8am to 5pm