Building Permits

What Is a Building Permit?
A building permit is a license that grants legal permission to start construction of a building project.

What Construction Projects Need Building Permits?
Check with the Perham Building Official for the specific requirements in Perham.
Generally building permits are required for the following:
New Buildings
Prefabricated Structures
Temporary Buildings
Manufactured Homes
Electrical Systems
Plumbing Systems
HVAC Systems (heating, ventilating, air conditioning)
Miscellaneous for Residential (fireplace, pools, decks, fences, etc.)
Miscellaneous for Commercial (parking, health, food handling, etc.)
Permit Process

1. Talk to the Perham Building Official.

You can reach the Building Official by calling City Hall (218) 346-9800 or by emailing Ben Riewer.  You will be asked basic questions regarding your project and will be advised of requirements.

2. Submit Application.

You may pick up a copy of the application at the Perham City Hall or you may view and print it from this web site by clicking here.

3. Review Process.

The Code Official will review your plans and determine if your project is in compliance with the construction codes and zoning ordinances.

4. Receive Permit.

With approval for the building permit, you have legal permission to start construction. A fee, based on the size of the job, is collected to cover the cost of the application, the review and the inspection process. Click here forfee schedule.

5. Job-site Inspection Visits.

Each major phase of construction must be inspected by the Code Official to make certain the work conforms to the Code, the building permit and the approved plans. The person responsible for the construction project must request each inspection. Usually, a one or two day notice is needed.

6. Final Approval.

When construction is complete and code compliance is assured, the Code Official will provide documentation of the completion of the project and gives permission for occupancy.
Applications should be returned to City Hall. For questions on completing the application, please call 218-346-4455. 

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