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Inspections Process FAQs

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Why do I need an inspection?

Inspections are required by state law and by city ordinance for any work that requires a permit. Inspections assure that your project meets safety requirements, complies with state law and city codes, and follows the approved plan.

What should I do to prepare for an inspection?

First, make sure that the project is ready for inspection before you call for an appointment (see the handout "When to Call for Inspections"). If you are using a contractor, they will schedule the inspection. If you are not using a contractor, you or a person 18 years of age or older must be at the property during the inspection.

How do I schedule an inspection?

To schedule an inspection, call the inspector listed on your permit. If your permit isn't available, call Minneapolis 3-1-1 for the name and number of your inspector.

Is there a fee to have the completed work inspected?

There is no fee for the required inspections for any permitted work as they are covered by the permit fee. However, if the work scheduled to be inspected is not completed (not ready) or able to be approved (non-compliant) at the time of the inspection there may be an additional inspection fee.

How many inspections will be needed?

More than one inspection may be performed during construction if:

If multiple inspections are required because of non-compliance or not being ready, additional fees may be charged.

How will I know that the work has received final approval?

If the building permit is provided and available on site, the inspector will date and initial the final inspection item on it. Inspection results are also computer recorded and available on the City's website under "Property Info" at

What if the work is not approved by the inspector?

If the work is not complete, if there are code violations, or if the inspector did not have access to the property to do the inspection, the work will not be approved. You will need to correct the problem and schedule another inspection. In that case, a re-inspection fee may be charged.

Last updated Dec 18, 2017



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