Building and Zoning

Your home or business is a significant investment. Enforcing building code and zoning ordinances protects that investment. A property owner who can show that code requirements were strictly enforced can give confidence to future buyers, bankers, and insurance companies that the building has a firm foundation on which to stand. Your permit also allows the code official to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety and welfare.

The City of Perham requires that building alteration or construction within its jurisdiction comply with the Minnesota State Building Code. The Perham Building Official is charged with enforcing these provisions. The building official has the authority to determine if and when building permits and professional plan preparations are required by law and to review plans and inspect construction projects.  Failure to obtain the necessary permit before construction starts, will lead to the contractor/property owner being subject to fines and/or prosecution.   

To find out when a building permit is needed or what a building permit will cost, click here

All rental housing units regardless of single or multi units, must be registered with the City. This can be done by submitting an application to City Hall. To learn more about rental housing registration, click here.
To provide for the orderly development of the community, the City of Perham has adopted a Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance.  The Zoning Ordinance provides a basis for what uses can be conducted on various properties.  The Subdivision Ordinance provides the requirements to split properties into smaller parcels.
To learn more about these ordinances and to access various zoning applications, click here.
To view the City's current Comprehensive Plan, click here.
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