Schedule an Inspection
It is required, by code, to have your project inspected. Please schedule 24 to 48 hours in advance. Inspections are Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Building Inspections Division is responsible for ensuring that new construction and remodeling of buildings in the City meet the required standards regulated by the State Building Code for the safety and security of all residents. Our staff efficiently answers applicant questions, reviews plans, issues permits, and performs site inspections to ensure high quality building standards.
ePermits and eScheduling
ePermits are available for common residential projects that do not require plans to be submitted for review. ePermits can be purchased by owner-occupied property owners or licensed contractors hired by a property owner. Examples of residential permits that are available thru ePermits include:
- Air Conditioner
- Gas Fireplace
- Lawn Irrigation
- Air Exchanger
- Gas Line
- Water Softener
- Garage Heater
- Water Heater
- Windows and Doors (no change in size or opening)
You can also view permit details and schedule inspections online with eScheduling.
Building Inspections Annual Report
Can I apply and pay for permits online with a credit card?
Yes, ePermits are available for many common residential projects. For projects requiring plan review, our building, mechanical and plumbing permits are in PDF format on our website and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not accept credit card payments over the phone or via fax. Please contact the Building Inspections Department at 952-882-2650 if you have any questions.
Do I need a building permit to put up a fence?
A building permit is only required for certain types of fences. Please refer to the fence handout for specific fence requirements.
Do I need a permit for a retaining wall?
If the wall is over 4 feet tall, a building permit is required. Engineering or manufacturer's specifications will also be required. The retaining wall may not encroach in the drainage of the property. Contact the City of Savage Engineering Department for questions related to drainage issues.
Do I need a permit to build a shed?
A building permit is only required for sheds that exceed 200 square feet in size. Contact the Planning Department for additional requirements or special permits that may apply.
Does your department handle electrical inspections?
I am a renter having problems with my rental unit. Can the City come inspect it?
The City of Savage performs inspections only on active building permits. Refer to the Minnesota Attorney General Handbook for information on tenants rights and responsibilities.
I am having problems with my home. Will the City come and complete an inspection for me?
The City of Savage cannot provide homeowners this type of inspection service. The City performs inspections on active permits only. Independent inspectors can be hired to do these types of troubleshooting inspections.
What are the requirements for smoke detectors?
Smoke detectors are required for the entire house when remodeling or finishing a basement. Smoke detectors must be hard wired with battery backup in the newly remodeled areas. They should be interconnected whenever possible.
What is the purpose of a building permit and how long does it take to obtain?
The purpose of a building permit is to provide minimum construction standards established by the International Code Council so as to provide safeguards for life or limb, health, property and welfare by regulating design, construction, materials, use and the type of occupancy of all buildings. A building permit must be obtained any time a building or structure is erected, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, converted or demolished. The average turn around time is 10 business days.
What should I do before I hire a contractor?
The Department of Commerce recommends the following steps before you hire a contractor.
- Call the Department of Labor & Industry at 651-284-5065 to see if the contractor is licensed or has been disciplined by the organization.
- Contact the Builders Association of the Twin Cities at 651-697-1954 or the Builders Association of Minnesota at 651-646-7959 to determine if the builder is a member.
- Contact the Better Business Bureau at 651-699-1111 to find out whether a particular contractor has had any complaints filed against him/her.
- Ask the contractor for references and call the references provided.
- Obtain a copy of the Minnesota Attorney General's publication called "Citizen's Guide to Home Building and Remodeling" by calling 651-296-3353 or 1-800-657-3787. This brochure also has information explaining mechanics liens.