Construction Services & Inspections

Construction Services & Inspections

The ONE STOP SHOP for Planning, Construction Services and Engineering has added a new shared land use management software system that will improve customer service by streamlining the approval process, providing tracking of projects, permits and plan reviews, integrating land information and GIS mapping. The ONE STOP SHOP offers eTRAKiT3, the online portal for information about property, projects, permits and reviews as well as the ability to submit some applications and obtain some permits online.

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Blurp _new _blue -transPlanning for Upcoming Residential Building and Energy Code Changes

Who should attend

Residential builders working in Duluth MN


Informal discussion of changes for residential building construction in the 2015 MN Residential and Energy Codes


January 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm


Room 303, City Hall

Construction Services staff has been preparing for the changes coming with the 2015 MN State Building Code.  In an informal setting, we will take the opportunity to discuss a few of the biggest changes affecting residential construction before this year’s building season gets underway.  The building official, construction and HVAC inspectors, and plans examiners will be in attendance.  Because we know you are all busy, we will keep this meeting to an hour and a half or less.

We hope you are able to join us.  Please email to let us know you will be attending.  We look forward to seeing you there!

2015 Minnesota State Building Code effective beginning in January 2015!

  • Click here for fact sheets about effective dates and how to access the new code.


Plan Review


Contractor Licensing and Bonding

Required contractor licensing is verified by Construction Services prior to issuance of permits.  Links in this section are to the MN Department of Labor & Industry's website.


Generally, owners occupying a dwelling may obtain permits and do construction work.  Licenses are required for all residential building contractors and residential remodelers who contract with a homeowner to construct or improve dwelling. Owners working on their own property must also be licensed if they build or remodel for the sole purpose of speculation or resale.



A property owner may obtain their own plumbing permit for an owner-occupied single family dwelling.  For other buildings a licensed, bonded plumbing contractor must obtain the permit and do the work.


A property owner may obtain his/her own electrical permit for an owner-occupied single family dwelling with the exception of installing a new service.  A licensed electrical contractor must perform any work involving installation of the main panel or any work ahead of the panel (ie, mast or meter socket).


An owner may obtain an HVAC permit for a residential project in the owner-occupied dwelling. Mechanical contractors must have a current bond on file with MN Department of Labor & Industry.  This will be verified during processing of contractor permit applications prior to issuance of the permit  If the project involves installation in a NEW commercial building, engineered mechanical drawings will be required with permit application.

  Unified Development Chapter - Zoning Regulations

Residential Parking Zoning Regulations


Agency Requests for Zoning or Building Code Compliance Verification
Requests from MN Dept of Health or Human Services for Daycares, Salons, etc.


Food Service Facilities (Equipment and Procedures)
Fats, Oils and Grease Ordinance


Rental, Housing and Fire Code Information

Life Safety Office 218/730-4380

The following are administered and enforced by the Life Safety Office located at 615 W. 1st St., Duluth MN 55802. Please contact the Life Safety office directly for information on these topics.




01/01/20152015 Fee Schedule
01/01/2015Commercial Hood Suppression System Permitting Requirements
10/02/2014New Codes Effective January 2015!
10/02/2014Airport Safety Zone Requirements
10/02/2014Shoreland & Floodplain Application and Worksheet

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Wendy Rannenberg
Supervisor Construction Services
City Hall, Room 210
411 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 730-5300, Fax: (218) 730-5901


Dan Nelson
Designated Building Official
210 City Hall, 411 West First St.
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 730-5300
Fax: (218) 730-5901

Keith Hamre
Planning & Construction Services
Phone: (218) 730-5297

Office Hours:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm Mon.-Fri.
No new business after 3:45 pm 

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