Isanti City Building Department

For all building and inspections questions, please contact MNSpect at 952-442-7520 or visit

City of Isanti Building Department Contacts:

Phone: 763.444.5512  E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLICK HERE for all City permit applications and handouts

We all rely on the safety of structures that surround us in our everyday living- from our homes and offices to our stores, schools, factories, places of entertainment, etc. MN State Building codes provide important minimum safeguards and standards to public health, safety, and general welfare, so the City of Isanti has adopted the MN State Building Codes in addition to the City's Zoning codes.  Also, the codes help promote energy conservation, and the safety to life and property from fire and other hazards as well as to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations. The building department is here to help ensure that the structures built within the community meet at least these minimum requirements and codes.

A few benefits of building and zoning permits:
   ◊ to protect the health and safety of you, your family, and the public
   ◊ to protect future owners who deserve reasonable assurance the home/structure they buy is safe
   ◊ to ensure the community’s welfare and economic wellbeing by reducing the
        potential spread of fire or disease
   ◊ to maintain uniform building practices and help keep building costs down
   ◊ to assure safety, quality of life, and enhancement of the community as a whole   
   ◊ to conserve energy

Q & A


When is a permit required?
     (CLICK HERE for informational permit pamphlet)
The first step before beginning any project is to establish whether or not it requires a permit. See the informational handouts from the link above, but if you are at all uncertain as to whether or not a permit is required please contact the building department to find out.  

As stated in the 2015 MN Building Code 1300.0120:  "An owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a buiding or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any gas, mechanical, electrical, plumbing system, or other equipment, the installation of which is regulated by the code; or cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit."


Can I do the work myself?   When is a contractor required to be licensed?
The following downloadable documents from the MN Department of Labor and Industry can help answer these questions.
     ♣ Residential building and remodeling
       ♦ Commercial building and remodeling
And as always, if you are ever unsure or have further questions please contact the building department- we're here to help!

Permit Fees?  Click here for fee schedule
The cost for funding the code enforcement program is supported by building and other permit fees generated by construction in the community.
Please contact the building dept. for a permit fee estimate.


Permits, Information, & Helpful Resources

Click here for fee schedule


 Energy Conservation
• St Paul's website resourcesCLICK HERE

 Fire Safety Education
• MN Fire Marshal's website→ CLICK HERE 

Informational Handouts
PAMPHLET Do you need a building or zoning permit? 
Frequently asked questions 
Deck Building (General) 
  Deck Building Checklist 
    Advanced Deck Building
Cold Weather Concrete and Masonry Construction
Basements (Finishing/remodeling) 
Sheds (Accessory Structures)
Fences & Impervious Surface Coverage
Furnace, Water Heater, Dryer 
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors 
Roofing (Asphalt shingles) 
Roofing (Alternative methods) 
Windows, doors and siding

Permit Applications
(Note: for PDFs that require signature and/or online submittal, please open in Internet Explorer)
New Home Construction Application
Building Permit Application
Commercial Building Permit
Energy Compliance Certificate
Mechanical Permit Application
Plumbing Permit Application
Sewer & Water Permit Application

Electrical Permit Application  >>> (Applicants need to contact Eugene Boyle at 763.389.0397 to schedule all required electrical inspections) 

Rental Licensing
 • MN Attorney General's website- Landlord/Tenant Rights & Responsibilities→ 
Rental Application 
Rental Inspection Checklist 
Rental License Fee Schedule 


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