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Building Inspection

Building Inspection

The City of Mora’s Building Department helps to ensure that all your construction projects meet the requirements of the State Building Code. The Building Official is responsible for issuing building permits, collecting applicable fees, and performing the required inspections.

It is the responsibility of the department to oversee the construction, reconstruction, demolition, alteration, and repair of all residential and commercial buildings and other structures to which the building code is applicable. This also includes set-up of manufactured homes.

Building permits are required to construct, add, alter, repair, remove, or demolish a structure. The adopted State Building Code also requires permits for maintenance items such as re-roofing, re-siding, and /or window replacement. Any plumbing, mechanical, or electrical work also requires a permit. Electrical permits are obtained through the Minnesota Department of labor and Industry. Commercial plumbing, restaurants, daycares, and some other uses may require state approvals.

A permit and obtaining the required inspections ensures that proper services are provided to safeguard life, health, property, and public welfare. If work is done improperly, such work can become unsafe for homeowners and their families, as well as devalue their home.

All permit applications, except electrical, are available at city hall. If you have any questions regarding permits, the permit process, or if you already have a permit and need to arrange for an inspection, please call 320-679-1511.

Building Permit Process

1. Talk to the Building Official

Your local building official wants your project to be a success and will help you try to avoid potential problems that could cost you time and money. You will be asked some basic questions and be advised of any potential code issues. Also, if necessary, you could be referred to the Planning Department for any zoning approvals that are necessary. It is a good idea to come in as early as you can to discuss your project.

2. Submit Application

At this stage you will document the “Who, What, Where, When and How” of the job, along with any sketches or plans of the proposed work.

3. Review Process

The code official will review your plans and determine if everything is in compliance with the building code. Comments will be provided. If for some reason the plans don’t meet building codes, the building official will work with you to fix the problem.

4. Receive Permit

Now that you have legal approval for a permit, you can post the permit card and start the work. A fee, based on the size of the job, is collected to cover the cost of the application, the review, and the inspection process. The code official is available to you if you have any questions on your project, whether or not you do it yourself or have a contractor do the work. Please consider your building official as an ally to help make your project a success. A separate permit is required for any electrical work, and separate permits may be required for plumbing, mechanical, or air conditioning.      

5. Job-site Visits

On-site inspections are required to make certain the work conforms to the permit, the codes, and the plans. You will have access to the building official to help with questions or concerns regarding the project and to ward off potentially costly mistakes. The code official will let you know approximately how many inspections may be needed for your project. Usually, a one day notice is needed when requesting an inspection. The applicant is responsible for requesting the appropriate inspections.  

6. Final Approval

The code official will document when construction is completed and code compliance is achieved. You can enjoy your improvements with the knowledge that they meet the safety standards of your community.

It takes everyone in a community to keep our homes, schools, offices, stores, and other buildings safe for personal and public use. Safe construction practices help protect you, your family, your friends, and your investment.


If you have any questions regarding building codes, please call Randy Nummela at 320-679-1511.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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