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Posted on: May 25, 2022

Department Spotlight: Building Inspections Staff

Department Spotlight Building Inspections

The Building Inspections team is part of the Community Development Department. The City of Blaine works to ensure the construction of safe buildings and protect community character through zoning and building code regulations. Building Inspections administers these regulations through permits, plan reviews, and inspections. 

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. 

Over the past five years, Blaine building inspectors have performed approximately 118,700 inspections. The combined value of the property inspected is over $1 billion. Also, over the last five years, approximately 1,600 new homes and townhome units were built in the City of Blaine. 

Besides inspectors, the team also includes permit technicians who are responsible for the consistent and efficient operation of the front counter and online permit process assisting customers, processing building permits, and supporting the plan review and inspection functions. Permit technicians are also responsible for maintaining building safety records, submitting state required reports, and licensing of contractors. 

Building Inspections is ready to help homeowners and contractors complete safe and quality projects in Blaine. 

Learn more at BlaineMN.gov/BuildingInspections.

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