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The City of Cambridge adopts the Minnesota State Building Code.

Do I Need a Building Permit?

It takes everyone in a community to keep homes, schools, offices, stores and other buildings safe for personal and public use. Your safe construction practices help protect you, your family, your friends and your investment. Be sure to get your local code official involved with your project, because the building department is on your side.

A building or structure cannot be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished unless a building permit has been obtained from the city. Applications for building permits are available at City Hall and online.

Permits should identify the following:

  • Work to be covered
  • Land where work is to be done
  • The intended use

Applications should be accompanied by a site plan and a scaled, detailed drawing of the proposed project.

If you do not have a survey of your lot, there is a good chance the city does. Working with a lot survey is the best way to present a site plan. The Building Department will review the application and issue a permit if approved. Permit fees are based on the City's adopted fee schedule.

NOTE: Permits become invalid after 180 days of permit issue date if work has not begun or has been suspended. Contact the Building Department to see if an extension may be granted.

What Good is a Building Permit?

Watch a short video on Why Building Permits & Codes are so Important. 

Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced.

Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied, or do costly repairs.

A property owner who can show that code requirements were strictly and consistently met - as demonstrated by the City of Cambridge's carefully maintained records, has a strong ally if something happens to trigger a potential lawsuit.

Your permit also allows the code official to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends or future owners.

Apply for a Building Permit

Need to apply for a permit? You can apply and pay for permits online!