Community Planning & Economic Development

Minneapolis Development Review
250 S. 4th St., Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 673-3000

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Before You Start
About Permits
About the Inspections Process
Handouts for the Project

Building or Repairing a Retaining Wall

At-a-glance

Walls of 4 feet in height or less

(Measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall.)

Is a ...Required?
PermitNo
ContractorNo*
Zoning Check and Site PlanYes*
InspectionNo*
Construction Plan ReviewNo

Homeowners can perform work on their own property.

Zoning Check is required for walls above 2 feet in height

Inspections are part of the permit process

Walls of more than 4 feet in height

(Measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall.)

Is a ...Required?
PermitYes
ContractorNo*
Zoning Check and Site PlanYes
InspectionYes
Construction Plan ReviewYes

Homeowners can perform work on their own property.

Note: The above facts apply ONLY to retaining walls totally enclosed on the homeowner’s property. Walls on neighboring properties or public areas require additional permissions and procedures.

Before You Start

Look at these pages:

Requirements for Additions and Alterations (pdf)

Minimum Standards for Dwellings (pdf)

Interior Remodeling or Alterations

Exterior Remodeling or Alterations

Finding a licensed contractor

Hiring a Residential Contractor – what do I need to know? (pdf)

Site Plan

Zoning Approval

Property Line Information

Property Line Location (pdf)

About Permits

Applying for a Permit

Permits Overview

Timeline for Completion

About the Inspections Process

Site Plan

Inspections Process

 

Last updated Jul 8, 2014