Building Inspections

The Building Inspections department is for the health, safety, and welfare of residents by ensuring that proper procedures and building codes are followed in the construction of structures throughout the city.  To send electronic documents, email to [email protected]

Farmington ePermits
City of Farmington online ePermits are available for Residential projects only. Contractor login is required. Set-up your account now!

Inspections Photo Submission
Installation photos are required for work involving roofing, siding and the installation of windows and doors. All photos must be uploaded and reviewed for compliance within 10 days of job completion.
Submit photos to Building Inspections Photo Submission. 

Scheduling of Electrical Inspections
Contact Brian Grey at 507-381-1791
Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much does a building permit cost?

Many of the building permit fees are based on the applicant’s job valuation (cost of labor and materials). However, there are certain types of work that the city will use a different valuation than what the applicant may have indicated. This valuation is typically based on square footage or other variables. The building permit fee schedule is available on the 2024 City Fee Schedule.

Is a permit required for building a deck?

A building permit is required for the construction of a deck or platform when ANY of following apply:
  • The deck or platform is more than 30 inches above adjacent grade.
  • The deck or platform is attached to a structure with frost footings
  • When the deck or platform serves the required exit door of the dwelling.

Do I need a permit to rebuild or repair an aging deck?

Yes. A permit is required any time you are replacing a required guard, decking, stair stringers, treads, or modifying the original design/size of your deck.

Does the city have a list of approved contractors?

No. However, the city can tell you if a contractor has done similar work in the City of Farmington. You can also verify that a contractor is licensed through the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) website at Contractor License Lookup. You can also determine if a contractor has any current enforcement actions with the DLI at Enforcement Actions.

City Hall
Building Inspections
430 Third Street
Farmington, MN 55044

Building Inspections Staff

Building Official
Joshua Lawrenz
[email protected]

Building Inspector
Broc Haskamp
[email protected]

Building Inspector
Matt Olson
[email protected]

Building Inspector
Sean Majewski
[email protected]

Building Permit Technician

Electrical Inspector
Brian Grey
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