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Mechanical Permits

Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration


There are two types of permit application forms to choose from.  If the work you are doing is replacing, altering, or modifying existing heating or cooling systems in a one or two family dwelling you must use the APPLICATION for HVAC WORK in EXISTING 1 & 2 FAMILY DWELLINGS.  All other heating, air condition, and refrigeration work must be done under the HEATING / MECHANICAL APPLICATION.  This includes new construction 1 & 2 family dwellings, townhouses, and multi-family dwellings.

Note: Gas fireplaces, water heaters, cooking appliances, and dryers must be done on a separate plumbing permit.  Many projects require more than one permit.  To determine which permits you need for your project, call Minneapolis 311.  It outside the Minneapolis City limits, call (612) 673-3000.

A mechanical permit is required to:

 Note: A licensed contractor must get the permit and perform the work of connecting the gas. Find a licensed contractor:



LEVEL 1: Includes Miscellaneous HVAC Work – No Burners                                
a.    Radiation piping for space heating
b.    Supplies & returns 4 openings or less (greater than 4 openings go to level 3)
c.    Fresh air intake, air cleaner, humidifier, venting, fans, gas piping (heating systems only), radon mitigation, and other accessories.
d.    Air conditioner add-on or replacement
e.    Solid fuel heating devices (wood, pellets, etc.) 
LEVEL 2: Includes any Level 1 work and replacement of boiler/furnace                    
a.    Replace boiler plus incidental piping
b.    Replace furnace only with or without A/C – plenum included (no duct work beyond plenum)
c.    Add or replace space heating unit 
LEVEL 3: Includes any Level 1 or 2 work and entire system replacement                            
a.    Remove existing system and install new (boiler or forced air system)
b.    Install a new system to serve an existing non-conditioned space or addition

Residential HVAC Replacement Application Form

Residential HVAC Replacement Fee Table

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration for commercial, new construction and radon mitigation system

Mechanical Application Form (pdf)

Mechanical Fee Table


Licensing Requirements

If you are owner/occupant of a single-family home, you can apply for some mechanical permits for work that you intend to do yourself.  All gas piping and gas venting for heating appliances must be done by a licensed gas installer and requires a separate permit before this permit is issued.


The City of Minneapolis issues licenses to heating/mechanical contractors. A contractor applying for a license must either hold a Certificate of Competency at the master level or employ a tradesperson who does.


Last updated Jun 4, 2014