Certificate of Occupancy

Program Overview 

Certificate of occupancy permits are already required for new construction and remodeling. 

The proposed program will only involve businesses which occupy a different building, and businesses which change the occupancy classification of their building. Prior to occupying a building, a business will obtain a certificate indicating that they comply with the City Ordinances, the Uniform Fire Code and the Uniform Building Code.

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

Review and Prepare

  1. 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.
    • Plans and Job Specifications
      Along with uploading PDFs of plans and required submittals, two (2) full-size hard copies of all submittals is also required prior to plan review.
    • Civil/Utilities Plans
      Along with the PDF upload of civil/utilities plans, one (1) additional hard copy set is required when there is underground utility work prior to plan review.
    • SAC Determination
      This is to be turned into the Metropolitan Council 651-602-1421 (Required prior to issuance of permit).
    • Sub-Contractor Contact List
      Required to be completed on the online application prior to permit issuance. 

    Hard Copy Delivery

    Deliver/mail hard copies of plans and other submittals to:

    Blaine City Hall
    Attn: Building Inspections
    10801 Town Square Drive NE
    Blaine MN 55449

    Please include a cover sheet with the following information:
    • Permit Number (B20-00xx)
    • Project Address (if known)
    • Contact Information
    Please note that any additional submittals of revisions must be by both hard copy and PDF upload into the IMS permit.

General Information

  • The program is proposed as a service to the business community. The city is developing this program in an effort to eliminate future hardships by ensuring that tenants are aware of the city or state regulations prior to relocating to a site.
  • The program will allow the city to obtain emergency key holder information which will assist the businesses in the event of a fire or emergency.
  • The program will assist the city in identifying the hazardous materials in our community, thus protecting our volunteer fire crews.
  • Prospective business or building owners will contact the Building Department to schedule a Certificate of Occupancy inspection. An inspection will be scheduled with the new business, a building inspector, and a representative of the Planning Department.
  • Repairs, improvements, or concerns will be given in a written form to the prospective business and building owner. The serious life safety issues will need to be completed before the building can be occupied. Other items can be completed after occupancy with the signed agreement from the owner/tenant.