1. Step 1 - Review and Prepare
  2. Step 2 - Create an Account
  3. Step 3 - Apply
  4. Step 4 - Review and Payment
  5. Step 5 - Schedule an Inspection

Review and Prepare

Please review the following information packets:

The following documents need to be available for upload during the online application process. Please note, all documents need to be in a PDF format.

  • Residential Lighting Schedule Form (PDF)
  • Tree Preservation Form (PDF)
  • Building Plans
  • Certificate of Survey (to scale)
  • Subcontractor List
  • Energy Code Compliance Certificate (PDF)
  • U-Factors for Each Window and Door
    (if required by development)
  • Radon Mitigation Design and Materials
    (shown on plans)
  • Braced Wall Panel Details and Methods
    (provided on plans for entire structure including sheathing type, fastening method, and specific locations of bracing units)
  • Site or Model Specific Structural Engineer's Design (for cantilevered sill plates)
  • Water Proofing Notes
    (on plants or exact type of full-width closed-cell material being applied between the sill plate and the top of the foundation wall)

Fee & Permit Process
The fee for a new home permit is valuation based see the fee schedule. 

  • Fee Schedule (PDF)
  • Review time is 10 business days, if submitted material is correct.
  • Once your plan has been reviewed you will be contacted by email to sign in to your IMS account and pay for your permit.
  • When your permit has been paid for and you have the approved plans, you may start your work and schedule inspections. 
  • When scheduling Inspections please plan at least 3-4 business day out.  During the busy construction months longer delays may occur.  

General Information

  • This is an all-inclusive permit.  Building, Utility-Sewer & Water, Mechanical and Plumbing Permits are all included in this one permit.  Electrical is by a separate permit through the State of MN.
  • All sub-contractors must be licensed before the permit can be issued.
  • If there are trees on the lot a Forestry Evaluation must be submitted with the plan. Tree fence and site inspection are required prior to issuance of building permit. Call or email Public Works at 763-785-6151 or, for an inspection. Please note that an inspection requires 48-hour notice. Tree preservation sign and tree preservation fence are required on-site. -The Forestry Evaluation is required if there are clumps of trees or trees 8” in diameter or larger within fifty feet of all construction activity (such as house pad, driveway, septic system, or storage area of building materials).  Refer to the tree preservation handout for more information.
  • Building permits in the City of Blaine for new homes and townhomes are all-inclusive which means they include Plumbing and HVAC work (separate plumbing and mechanical permits are not required). If any gas work is to be done by the plumber (including a gas piping to a gas water heater), the general contractor will be asked list the plumbing contractor as the Gas Installer in the contacts field.  For the general contractor to list the plumber as a gas installer, the plumbing contractor must first have added a City of Blaine mechanical license to their current plumbing pro account.  If your plumber installs gas piping during new home and townhome builds, please be proactive to verify they have completed this so your permit process is not delayed.