Building Inspections

COVID-19 service update: Inspection services are now operating regularly. 

Any questions can be directed to Tony DeForge, Building Official, by email or calling 763-274-4101.

License Requirements/Process

See the Licensed Contractor section of the City web site for details on licensing requirements.

Inspection Process-New Construction (how to get a permit/inspection)

  1. Obtaining a Permit
  2. Scheduling an Inspection
  3. Receiving a Certificate of Occupancy

1. To obtain a permit for a new building, submit the following items and pay all fees.

  • Obtain a building permit application. Complete and submit to Fridley City Hall.
  • Legal description of the property where the structure will be located.
  • Four (4) sets of construction plans; four sets will be reviewed and 3 will be returned to you after being reviewed.
  • Certificate of Survey with proposed location of structure on property specifying setbacks, drainage, and elevations.
  • Completed energy code forms (ASHRAE 90.1) with signature.
  • See permit submital checklist.

2. Scheduling An Inspection

  • All inspections must be requested and scheduled by phone. Request inspections by calling the Building Inspection Division at 763-572-3604 between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
  • Advanced Notice Required: To facilitate scheduling, we ask that requests for inspections be made in advance as far as possible. When making your request, please provide the address, permit number, contractor name, and type of inspection.
  • Inspection cards are issued with the permit listing required inspections.

3. Receiving A Certificate of Occupancy

  • A Certificate of Occupancy stating that all provisions of this Chapter have been fully complied with, shall be obtained from the City before any structure for which a building permit is required is used or occupied.
  • No permit or license required by the City of Fridley or other governmental agency shall be issued by any department official or employee of the City of such governmental agency, unless the application for such permit or license is accompanied by proof of the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.

Building Site Requirements

In addition to the provisions of this Section, all building site requirements of the City's Zoning Code Chapter 205 shall be followed before a building permit may be issued.

Utilities and Street Required

No building permit shall be issued for any new construction unless and until all utilities are installed in the public street adjacent to the parcel of land to be improved and the rough grading of the adjacent street has been completed to the extent that adequate street access to the parcel is available.

Equipment and Material Storage

No construction equipment and/or material pertaining to construction shall be stored on any property within the City without a valid building permit. When construction is completed and a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued, any construction equipment or materials must be removed from the property within thirty (30) days from the issuance date on the Certificate of Occupancy.

Construction Work Hours

It shall be unlawful for any person or company acting as a contractor for payment, to engage in the construction of any building, structure or utility including but not limited to the making of any excavation, clearing of surface land and loading or unloading materials, equipment or supplies, anywhere in the City except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays. It shall be unlawful to engage in such work or activity on Sunday or any legal holiday unless an alternate hours work permit for such work has been obtained from the City. Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to prevent any work necessary to prevent injury to persons or property at any time.

Alternate Hours Work Permit

Applications for an alternate hours work permit shall be made in writing to the Public Works Director and shall state the name of the applicant and the business address, the location of the proposed work and the reason for seeking a permit to do such work, as well as the estimated time of the proposed operations. No such permit shall be issued excepting where the public welfare will be harmed by failure to perform the work at the times indicated.


Warning barricades and lights shall be maintained whenever necessary for the protection of pedestrians and traffic; and temporary roofs over sidewalks shall be constructed whenever there is danger from falling articles or materials to pedestrians.

Any violation of Chapter 206 of the Fridley City Code, is a misdemeanor and is subject to all penalties provided for such violations under the provisions of Chapter 901 of the Fridley City Code.