Garages, Carports, Pole Barns

A maximum of two accessory buildings are permitted including attached garage, detached garage, and shed. Some residential developments do not permit detached garages or sheds. Please call 763-717-2748 for your subdivision's zoning requirements. Please also check with your homeowner’s association if you have one.

  1. Step 1 - Review and Prepare
  2. Step 2 - Create an Account
  3. Step 3 - Apply
  4. Step 4 - Review and Payment
  5. Step 5 - Schedule an Inspection

Review and Prepare

Please review the information packets related to your construction project.

Additional information packets related to your construction project are available below in the Documents section.

Information and Documents Needed
to Submit a Permit

The following documents need to be available for upload during the online application process. Please note, all documents need to be in a PDF format.

  • Set of Building Plans
    (pole barn plans are required to be signed by MN Structural Engineer)
    Plans must include:
    • Floor Plan
    • Cross section and elevations
    • Garage size 
    • Location and window size and door openings
    • Size of headers over all window and door openings
    • Size, spacing and direction of rafters or trusses
    • Rafter/truss connection method
    • Size and spacing of studs
    • Grade and species of lumber to be used
    • Type of roof and wall sheathing used
    • Information on siding and roofing and any other pertinent information


For the most current fees related to your project, view the Fee Schedule (PDF).


Inspections will typically include the following. Although, depending on your project, more inspections may be added or removed.

  • Footing
  • Framing
  • Electrical RI and Final
  • Final

To schedule an inspection follow the directions in Step 5 Schedule an Inspection.

Allow 3 to 4 business days for scheduling inspections and during the busy construction time please allow more time.

General Information

  • Electrical permits are a separate permit. You can apply for an electrical permit at
  • Soil corrections must be designed by a licensed professional engineer, or provide an engineer’s soil report to verify minimum bearing capacity of 1,500 PSF prior to issuance of the permit.
  • Homeowners are responsible for locating and exposing their property line corner stakes to verify correct building setbacks prior to inspections.
    How to Locate Your Property Stakes
  • The combined total square footage of attached garages and detached garages cannot exceed 1,000 square feet or as permitted in the residential development.
  • Expected plan review time is 5 to 7 business days. During the busy construction time it may be longer.