Inspections & Code Enforcement

Each municipality is mandated by the state to adopt and enforce a building code. Cities have building inspection personnel that issue permits and perform inspections of construction to check for code compliance.

Although many people think that inspection by the city guarantees 100% code compliance, that is not the case. A building inspection is an attempt to verify that the work complies with the code. As soon as the inspector leaves the jobsite, anything can be changed. Building inspections are intended as spot checks of construction to verify substantial code compliance. Although city inspections identify visible code violations, they cannot, and are not intended to, guarantee every aspect of the work. Inspection by the city also does not guarantee workmanship or that the work is free of construction defects.

Contractors and material suppliers are responsible for problems associated with construction defects and workmanship.


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MN Dept of Labor & Industry – Construction Codes and Licensing Division
State Authority for State Building Code – Residential Building Contractor Licensing

Minnesota State Building Code

International Code Council
Model Code Organization for International Codes

Builders Association of Minnesota
Minnesota Builders Organization

National Association of Home Builders
National Builders Organization

Minnesota Department of Health
Information on mold, lead, and asbestos

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Information on water quality, grading

State Fire Marshal Division
Minnesota State Fire Code

Minnesota Board of Electricity
Information about inspections and codes

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