Building Inspections

The City helps ensure the construction of safe building and protects community character through zoning and building code regulations. The Building Inspection Department administers these regulations through permits and inspections.

Ask an Inspector 

Call or visit Monday through Friday, during the times listed below (no holidays):
  • 8 to 9am
  • Noon to 1pm
  • 3:30 to 4:30pm

Storm Damage Permit Process

Permitted Hours of Construction

Permitted hours of construction are  7am to 10pm.  To report violations, please call the non-emergency police phone number at 763-427-1212. 

Building Permitting and Requirements

With the recent storm damage, we would like to remind everyone that permits are required for construction projects such as reroofing, residing, new windows/doors, skylight replacement, and deck repair. In addition, we recommend doing your homework before hiring a contractor. Please see the following links for contractor consumer tips, and related applications & handouts for construction projects. QUESTION:  For partial re-siding of an older home is a water-resistive barrier required such as House Wrap?
ANSWER:  Yes all homes and attached garages require a water-resistive barrier under replaced siding regardless of when the home was built.  New water-resistive barrier is required when any complete portions or sides of siding material (top to bottom of wall) is replaced.  Existing water-resistive barrier must be removed and replaced in these areas only.  Existing siding that will remain in place can remain "as is".
Links to the property look up website.

To access records such as survey, permits or inspections select the Lookup Property Information Online button above.
  • Start typing the address
  • A dropdown will appear
  • Select the correct address
  • Select the search button

Dumpster/Trailer Obstructions Notice

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Homeowner Septic
System Education

March 12, 2018, 7 to 9:00pm
@ Bunker Hills Activity Center
Anoka County and the University of Minnesota are offering homeowner education for septic systems. Learn how to keep your septic system operating properly--when to pump, how to protect it from freezing, and more. You will receive the University of Minnesota Extension Septic System Owner’s Guide at the class. You will also walk away from this class more confident and knowledgeable. Cost: $10 per family. Registration due February 26.
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City Dumpster Policy

To report illegal dumpsters, please call the non-emergency police phone number at 763-427-1212. 

Storm Damage Permit Application Process

Please Note: Due to the large volume of storm related permits, there may be a delay in normal permit processing and scheduling of inspections.

Contractor Options:
  1. Fax the application along with your credit card authorization and a copy of your state license to 763-785-6111.
  2. Mail the application along with your check or credit card authorization and a copy of your state license to The City of Blaine, 10801 Town Square Drive NE, Blaine, MN 55449.
  3. Come to the Building Inspections counter with the application along with your check or credit card authorization and a copy of your state license. At this time we are only able to process 2 permits per contractor at the counter, but you are able to leave the applications and payment, we will process the permits and return them to you by fax or e-mail.
  4. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Homeowner Options:
  1. Fax the application along with your credit card authorization to 763-785-6111.
  2. Mail the application along with your check or credit card authorization to: City of Blaine 10801 Town Square Drive NE Blaine, MN 55449
  3. Come to the Building Inspections counter and we will process your permit over the counter.
Please Note: We are unable to take payment by email at this time.

General Inspection Information:
  1. Pictures are required prior to scheduling inspections for replacement of full-frame windows, siding, roofing, and skylights. Details are specified in the notes on the permits and handouts.
  2. An inside the home inspection is required for window replacements to verify current carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors requirements are met. An adult must be present for the scheduled date (homeowner or someone authorized by the homeowner).

Electrical Inspections

Electrical Inspections/Permits are through the MN Board of Electricity. For information and questions please contact the Electrical Inspector Stephen Tokle.


Building and related permits ensure that projects will be constructed according to nationally recognized standards. The standards are designed to protect buildings from collapse and fire, and to ensure the safety of all building occupants. Review of permit applications also ensures that projects meet zoning requirements, such as yard coverage, setbacks and building height.

Some permits, such as residential plumbing, mechanical, building re-siding, re-roofing and window replacements can be issued at the time of application. Other residential permit applications take up to five working days or more to process. Applications for permits should be submitted well in advance of the scheduled starting date. This will allow time for city staff to offer assistance through the process and issue permit at the start of the project. This is especially true during the summer construction season.

Over the past 5 years Blaine building inspectors have performed approximately 65,000 inspections on construction valued at nearly $800,000,000. And over the last 5 years, approximately 1,600 new homes and town homes were built in the City of Blaine.

A building permit is needed for any new construction including:
  • Deck
  • Fence
  • Heating
  • In-ground pool
  • Mobile home set-up
  • Plumbing
  • Remodeling
  • Shed
  • Sprinkler systems