Many of you will be making needed repairs to flood damaged buildings. Find out whether your property lies in a floodplain by phoning 218/730-5240. The Minnesota State Building Code and Duluth Unified Development Chapter contain specific requirements for construction in the floodplain which the city must enforce in order to meet state regulations. View those requirements by clicking on these links:
Permitting Requirements for Work in the Floodplain
Statement of Intent to Repair or improve Comparison of Work to Building Value for Floodplain Construction
Basements and Lowest Floors in Floodplain Areas
Electrical Work in the Floodplain
Mechanical (HVAC) Work in the Floodplain
MN State Building Code: Floodproofing Chapter 1335 MN State Building Code adopts and amends Sections 100 to 1406 of the 1972 edition of the "Flood Proofing Regulations" (FPR) as promulgated by the Office of the Chief Engineers, US Army, Washington DC. The document at this link is a cut and paste assembly of the FPR and the amendments in MN State Building Code Chapter 1335.
Permanent repairs and/or alterations in conjunction with repairs require building permits. Examples include:
- Any structural repairs
- Drywall replacement
- Foundation repairs
- Electrical work
- Plumbing work
- Mechanical work
- Fire sprinkler/alarm work (on commercial buildings)
For questions about whether a permit is required for proposed work or the permitting process, contact Construction Services at 218/730-5240 or in Room 210 of City Hall. To obtain a permit, first complete and submit a Statement of Intent to Repair or Improve (link above). Then you or your licensed contractor must submit an application to Construction Services at City Hall. All permits for buildings in the floodplain require some review, which will be completed as quickly as possible, and completion of a Statement of Intent to Repair or Improve.
Permit fees for building, electrical, plumbing and HVAC work to repair documented flood damage will be reduced by 50% through the end of 2012. If you have not already done so, contact Construction Services to report flood damage. We will do damage assessment for properties with reported flood damage. This is required before repair or reconstruction may begin and is also required to be eligible for the reduced permit fees.
Click here for general information about permitting and code requirements.