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Building Permits

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BUILDING PERMITTING DEPARTMENT

NOTE: MNSPECT will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th. Our staff will be attending an off-site company function and will have limited email and phone accessibility. Please send urgent emails to infoMN@safebuilt.com for immediate attention. Staff will respond to all other emails and calls when our offices re open on June 20th at 8:30 am.

The Building Inspection staff is responsible for plan review, inspections, and Building Code enforcement.  Starting February 5th, 2024, the City is contracting with MNSPECT for Building Inspection Services. 

If you have an onsite septic system (SSTS) the City of Princeton contracts with Mille Lacs County and Sherburne County for permits and inspections.  For Sherburne County permits please contact Sherburne County Planning and Zoning Department at 763-765-4450.  For Mille Lacs County permits please contact Mille Lacs County Environmental Resource Department at 1-320-983-8458.

There are several Townships that have a Princeton mailing address, but they are not in our jurisdiction. To confirm an address is within the City Limits, you can call City Hall to check. 763-389-2040

  • To obtain a building permit application contact City Hall or Click HERE for the building application form.  For commercial projects see commercial section below.
  • Once completed, fax the application to 763-389-0993, e-mail to permits@princetonmn.org, or bring to City Hall.  We take check or cash only at this time.  Over the Counter Permits must be accompanied by payment at the time of submittal to be issued.
  • To schedule a building inspection contact MNSPECT 952-442-7520. Scheduling is not done through City Hall.  For all other Building Code/permit questions contact MNSPECT at 952-442-7520.  MNSPECT Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
  • Call Gopher State One 48 hours before you dig at 1-800-252-1166 Toll Free or log on to www.gopherstateonecall.org

BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATIONS AND HANDOUTS
Please note that we can only accept check or cash for payment.
Building Permit Fee Schedule (2024)
Completely fill out the forms in the appropriate application below. Follow the Submittal Checklist supplemental information included within applicable applications or handouts to be sure your application materials are complete before submitting them. Electrical permits are issued by the State of Minnesota. For links to construction codes and licensing brochures, visit the Construction Codes and Licensing | Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (mn.gov).
Visit MNSPECT's website to view helpful handouts that assist with submittals and answer common plan review and inspection questions.

BUILDING - RESIDENTIAL OVER-THE-COUNTER PERMIT HANDOUTS

 Siding Replacement Handout
 Water Heaters Handout
 Water Softeners Handout
 Window/Door Handout
 

BUILDING - RESIDENTIAL PLAN REVIEW REQUIRED PERMIT HANDOUTS
The following permits require zoning code and building code review.  Once a complete application is submitted and accepted to MNSPECT, turnaround time is 5 - 7 business days, payment is not due until the approved permit is collected by applicant. Click HERE for the building application form:

BUILDING - COMMERCIAL PLAN REVIEW REQUIRED PERMITS APPLICATIONS & SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
The following permits require zoning code and building code review.  Once a complete application is submitted and accepted by MNSPECT, turnaround time is 10-15 business days, payment is not due until the approved permit is collected by applicant:

BUILDING - "OTHER" PLAN REVIEW REQUIRED PERMITS APPLICATIONS, HANDOUTS & SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
The following permits require zoning code and building code review.  Once a complete application is submitted and accepted by MNSPECT, turnaround time is 5 - 7 business days, payment is not due until the approved permit is collected by applicant: