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Construction Services & Inspections

Construction Services & Inspections


Starting 1 April 2018, HVAC permits will be required prior to installation of gas fireplaces.

More information can be found here.


Plan Review


Contractor Licensing and Bonding

Required contractor licensing is verified by Construction Services prior to issuance of permits.  Links in this section are to the MN Department of Labor & Industry's website.

Residential Construction

Generally, owners occupying a dwelling may obtain permits and do construction work.  Licenses are required for all residential building contractors and residential remodelers who contract with a homeowner to construct or improve dwelling. Owners working on their own property must also be licensed if they build or remodel for the sole purpose of speculation or resale.

Lead Contractor Certification


A property owner may obtain their own plumbing permit for an owner-occupied single family dwelling. For other buildings a licensed, bonded plumbing contractor must obtain the permit and do the work.


A property owner may obtain his/her own electrical permit for an owner-occupied single family dwelling with the exception of installing a new service.  A licensed electrical contractor must perform any work involving installation of the main panel or any work ahead of the panel (ie, mast or meter socket).


An owner may obtain an HVAC permit for a residential project in the owner-occupied dwelling. Mechanical contractors must have a current bond on file with MN Department of Labor & Industry. This will be verified during processing of contractor permit applications prior to issuance of the permit.  If the project involves installation in a NEW commercial building, engineered mechanical drawings will be required with permit application.


  Unified Development Chapter - Zoning Regulations

Residential Parking Zoning Regulations


Agency Requests for Zoning or Building Code Compliance Verification
Requests from MN Dept of Health or Human Services for Daycares, Salons, etc.


Food Service Facilities (Equipment and Procedures)
Fats, Oils and Grease Ordinance


Rental, Housing and Fire Code Information

Life Safety Office 218/730-4380

The following are administered and enforced by the Life Safety Office located at 615 W. 1st St., Duluth MN 55802. Please contact the Life Safety office directly for information on these topics.

For information about Life Safety/Fire Prevention, visit the Fire Department's website by clicking here.

  • Rental License Information and Applications
  • Housing, Property Maintenance and Rental Code Information and Enforcement
  • Solid Waste Compliance and Blight Information
  • Abandoned Vehicles
  • Condemnations for Habitation
  • Fire Code Information
  • Fire Marshal Contact



4/18/2019 Construction Services Office Closure April 23rd, 2019
2/8/2019 Permits for Interior or Partial Building Demolition
1/7/2016 Pre-Review Meeting Fillable Request Form
1/7/2016 2016 Duluth Building Permit Fee Schedule
1/7/2016 Duluth Construction Services Job Opportunities
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9 to 4

Room 100 City Hall
411 W 1st St
Duluth MN 55802

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