Construction Services & Inspections


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Downloadable Permit Applications

Online Permits

Permit Information

Also click here for zoning and land use information, including construction requirements in floodplain and shoreland areas.

Fill Permits




See the Survey section for the Survey for Site Plan Policy


See the Survey section for the Survey for Site Plan Policy

Floodplain Construction

Manufactured Home Installations

Moving Permits

Contact a Land Use Technician in the One Stop Shop for information and procedures for moving buildings.

Wrecking Permits

Contact a Land Use Technician in the One Stop Shop for information and procedures for wrecking buildings.

Commercial & Multifamily Residential Plan Review and Permit Information

See the Survey section for the Survey for Site Plan Policy

Construction Services Pre-Review Meetings

Construction Services’ preliminary review meetings are a free service provided to architects, engineers, owners, builders and others in the development community as an opportunity to introduce projects to Construction Services, Zoning, Fire Marshal and other city staff.  These meetings are a chance for questions and clarifications regarding code requirements and presentation of reasoning for alternate methods or modifications and for requests for code interpretations.  If you need a meeting that is primarily focused on stormwater management requirements, utilities or streets, contact Engineering at (218) 730-5200.  If you need a meeting primarily focused on UDC (zoning) issues or you need to schedule a Planning pre-application meeting, contact Planning at (218) 730-5580.

Designers can meet with plan review staff to review big-picture issues and address areas of specific concern at an early stage.  Preliminary review meetings are not a replacement for a detailed review of final plans, but if conducted in advance of completing the construction documents, can reduce time required to address major issues discovered during final plan review.

Preliminary review meetings are available on Wednesdays.  To schedule a meeting, complete the form in the link below and email it and items listed on the form to a plans examiner in Construction Services:

Kim Zeleznikar

Robert Aho

Scott Erickson

The deadline to request a meeting is the Friday of the previous week.  When the complete request form and other information is received, you will be offered available meeting times.

Commercial Energy Code Compliance

Commercial and multi-family residential buildings (except low-rise residential) must comply with Minnesota's Commercial Energy Code, Minnesota Rules Chapter 1323, which adopts and amends ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004.

Compliance with Minnesota's Commercial Energy Code can be demonstrated using IECC ComCheck 2009 at

Plumbing Information

Mechanical/HVAC Information

Commercial Hood Suppression System Information

Effective January 1, 2015, the permitting process for commercial hood suppression systems will take effect.  This will include submittal of plans, plan review, payment of permit and plan review fees, issuance of permits and inspections.  Please see the links below for detailed information.

Gas and Water Meters

Duluth Legislative Code Chapter 48 requires that only authorized city employees turn on the supply of gas or water.

For new one- and two-family dwellings, before a gas meter may be set and unlocked, the certificate of occupancy for the building must be approved by the Construction Services & Inspections division. During the months from October 1 through April 30 the applicant may request that a gas meter be set and service unlocked for purposes of temporarily heating the building.  If by April 30 the certificate of occupancy cannot be approved, the gas meter will be relocked.

Click here to download the request for temporary gas meter form.

Sample Residential Drawings

Click here to see a sample of residential building plans.

Residential Additions or Remodeling

See the Survey section for the Survey for Site Plan policy

New One & Two Family Dwellings

See the Survey section for the Survey for Site Plan Policy

Grade Beam - Frost Protected Shallow Foundation

ICF - Frost Protected Shallow Foundation

Residential Energy Code Certificate & Attic Card

The Minnesota Resdential Energy Code that went into effect in June of 2009 includes the requirement to post energy certificates and attic cards in new buildings regulated by the residential energy code.

Instructions for location each of these are to be placed can be found on the cards.

Other Energy Code Forms & Information



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Land Use Technicians
Permit Process Information
(218) 730-5240


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