Building Codes FAQ

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  • Do I need a building permit for a fence and where can I have a fence?

    Fences are allowed in residential districts up to the property line.  Please check for easements and contact Gopher State One Call to locate utilities.  No permits are required unless the fence is more than 7 feet tall. Refer to the Moorhead City Code for the ordinance regulating fences or contact Planning and Zoning.

  • Do I need a building permit to put a shed in my yard?
    Building permits are required for any accessory building over 200 square feet.  Regardless of size and if a permit is required, zoning regulations apply.
  • Do I need a building permit to shingle my roof?
    Yes.
  • Do I need a permit to install a heating appliance in my home and can I install it myself?
    A mechanical permit is required for installation of all permanent heating and cooling appliances.  Minnesota State Code does allow a homeowner to install their own heating and cooling appliances.
  • Do I need a permit to install a replacement water heater?
    A plumbing permit is required to install a water heater.
  • Do I need a permit to install electrical devices within my home?
    An electrical permit is required and may be obtained by calling the Minnesota State Electrical Inspector, Rod Schaffer, at 701-235-2840.
  • How can I learn the code requirements for common remodeling projects?
    Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has several brochures providing guidance and explaining code requirements for common remodeling projects. Check them out!