Building Permit Information

The City of Big Lake Building Department is responsible for administrating the Minnesota State Building Code.


Permits are required for most residential and commercial projects, including, but not limited to:

  • Basement Finish
  • Decks
  • Door Replacement
  • Electrical (issued by state)
  • Garages/Sheds(over 200 square feet)/outbuildings
  • HVAC/Heating
  • New Construction
  • Plumbing
  • Porches/Additions
  • Remodeling
  • Re-roof
  • Re-siding
  • Window Replacement

**Application forms are available on the Building Permit Applications page.

***Zoning applications (fence, parking pad, shed 200 sq. ft. and under, pools, etc.) are found on the Zoning and Planning Page.


We accept cash, checks (make checks out to City of Big Lake) or credit cards - Visa, Master Card, Discover.

Please do not start project work until you have paid for your permits.


Various inspections are required for all permits. An inspection record card will be issued to identify the required inspections for each project. This inspection record card must remain available and posted visible from the street. Inspection requests are made through the Building Department at City Hall, and generally require a minimum of 24 hour notice. The direct line for inspection requests is 763-251-2980.