Building Inspections & Permits

For questions or to schedule an inspection, call (763) 367-7844.

COVID-19 Notice: Building inspections will continue with the following conditions:
Internal Building Inspections
•  Applicants must call for a re-inspection if anyone in the home is under quarantine for COVID-19 or is currently ill.
•  Masks are required for the contractor/owner of all homes and work being inspected. 
•  A minimum distance of six feet between the inspector and contractor/owner/building occupants is required.
External Building Inspections
• All external building, new construction, and commercial inspections will continue as normal as long as masks and social distancing at the site are observed. 

Any non-compliance with these conditions will result in the inspection being postponed until the safety of the inspector is guaranteed on the site during the time the inspection is scheduled.  Thank you for helping us follow the guidelines!

You can submit applications via:

Outside, secured dropboxThere is a drop box located to the right of the entry door for secured drop offs. If a permit and payment are dropped off, the issued permit will be emailed to you. If payment is not received, staff will call to get credit card information over the phone.
MailEast Bethel City Hall
ATTN: Permits
2241 221st Avenue NE
East Bethel, MN 55011
You may mail a check in. If the permit application is sent in without payment, staff will call for credit card information. We will only mail a hard copy if a self-addressed and stamped envelope is provided to us.
Do not email credit card information. Emails received by city staff are public data. Staff will call for credit card information. The issued permit will be emailed back to you.
Permit applications that require plan review cannot be submitted via email.  Please drop them off at the Building Department or use the dropbox. 
You may send a credit card authorization form along with your permit to our secured fax line. If this form is not submitted, staff will call for credit card information. The issued permit will be emailed to you.

Accepted Payments and Permit Fees:

Accepted PaymentsCash
Credit Card - There will be a 1.99% convenience fee applied (minimum $1). Credit card information can be provided in-person, over the phone, or via fax. Please do not send credit card information via email. Emails received by city staff are public data.
Credit Card Payment AuthorizationAccepted via phone, fax or mail.
Permit FeesFees are also listed on each permit application.

Creating Site Plans:

Creating Site Plans Site plans may be submitted in a scaled drawing of your property, or on a licensed survey. For permits that need plan review, you’ll need to know your zoning, setbacks, acreage, and whether or not you are in the Shoreland Overlay District.  The City can provide a copy of your property survey if there is one in the property file. The City does not perform surveys on properties, and a licensed surveyor will need to be contracted for impervious surface calculations in the Shoreland Overlay district.

Obtaining a Permit that Needs Plan Review:

Plan ReviewPermit applications that require plan review cannot be submitted via email.  Please drop them off at the Building Department or use the dropbox.  The Building Division makes every effort to complete the required plan review within five to ten working days; however, during times of increased workload this process may take longer. All plans are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. The Building Division will contact the applicant when the permit is completed. Building plan review may take up to two (2) weeks during the busy season. If Zoning review is also required than please allow extra time. To speed the process of plan review than all information must be included at the time of submitting the plans to the City. If additional information is requested than both Building and Zoning plan review is put on hold for that project. Commercial construction projects must also pass plan review conducted by the East Bethel Fire Chief. Please plan accordingly as construction cannot begin until after plan review has been completed.

Plan Reviewed Permits cannot be emailed to the applicant. The permit packet must be picked up in its entirety at the Building Department, and all included materials must be posted on site with the permit for the Building Inspector.  


Permit Applications

Is plan review required?

Informational Sheets

Accessory Building 201 sq ft or largerPlan review requiredAccessory Building Pamphlet
AdditionPlan review requiredEgress Window
Alteration, Basement Finish, Remodel, or RepairPlan review requiredBasement Finishes
Egress Window
Basement FinishPlan review requiredBasement Finishes
Egress Window
Commercial BuildingPlan review required

Construction as-built requirements

Deck and PorchPlan review requiredComposite Decking Information

Porch Information
Deck Guidelines
Stairway and Guard Information

Commercial Plumbing
Plan review required
Demolition or RemovalPlan review requiredDemolition Permit Requirements
EPA Lead abatement
DrivewayPlan review required

Electrical - Residential

Electrical - Commercial

Escrow Application

For work that is not completed before the Certificate of Occupancy is issued.
Escrow Application for Septic Noncompliance for Property Sale or Transfer
For a property sale with a non-compliant septic system
Fences in R1 and R2 zoning where the fence is within 5 feet of the property line

Plan review required

Fence over 6 FT.Plan review required

Fire Alarm SystemPlan review required
Fire Suppression SystemPlan review required

Fireplace or Wood Stove

Fuel TankPlan review required
Manufactured HomePlan review requiredManufactured home
Mechanical HVAC-CommercialPlan review required
Mechanical HVAC-ResidentialCommercial HVAC needs plan review, but residential does notGas Piping Information

Energy Code Compliance Certificate

New Single Family Home ConstructionPlan review requiredConstruction as-built requirements
Required Inspections Information
Residential Plumbing, Water Heater or Water Softener

Backflow Prevention Devices or RPZ

Re-InspectionPlan review requiredFor permits that have lapsed
Remodel or RepairPlan review requiredEgress Window
Right-of-WayPlan review required

Right-of-Way for DrivewaysPlan review required
RoofingCommercial roofing needs plan review, but residential does not.Roofing Guidelines
Roofing Information
Septic SystemPlan review requiredSeptic Pumping

Septic As-Built
Septic Maintenance Log 
Septic Tank Reuse Form
To search for a local licensed septic contractor, click the link and insert Anoka in the "County" search box.

Sewer and Water AccessPlan review required

Sewer and Water As-Built Worksheet


Sign Permit - PermanentPlan review required

Sign Permit - TemporaryPlan review required

Swimming PoolPlan review requiredSwimming Pool
Water Heater

Water Meter

Windows and Doors

Egress Window
Smoke Alarm Information