Section 301 - Construction Codes, Administration
Section 301:00. Permits Required. No person, firm or corporation shall erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert or demolish any building or structure in the City, or cause the same to be done, without first obtaining a separate building permit for each such building or structure from the Building Official.
Section 301:05. Application. To obtain a permit the applicant shall first file an application therefor in writing on a form furnished for that purpose. Every such application shall:
(1) Identify and describe the work to be covered by the permit for which application is made; (2) Describe the land on which the proposed work is to be done, by lot, block, tract, and house and street address, or similar description that will readily identify and definitely locate the proposed building or work; (3) Indicate the use or occupancy for which the proposed work is intended; (4) Be accompanied by plans and specifications as required in Section 301:10. (5) State the valuation of the proposed work; (6) Be signed by the permittee, or his authorized agent, who may be required to submit evidence to indicate such authority; (7) Give such other information as reasonably may be required by the Building Official.
Section 301:10. Plans and Specifications.
Subd. 1. With each application for a building permit, and when required by the Building Official for enforcement of any provisions of applicable construction codes, two (2) sets of plans and specifications shall be submitted. The Building Official may require plans and specifications to be prepared and designed by an engineer or architect licensed by the State to practice as such.
Subd. 2. Exception. When authorized by the Building Official, plans and specifications need not be submitted for the following:
(1) One-story buildings of Type V conventional woodstud construction with an area not exceeding 600 square feet. (2) Group M, Division 1, Occupancies of Type V conventional woodstud construction. (3) Small and unimportant work.
Section 301:15. Information on Plans and Specifications. Plans and specifications shall be drawn to scale upon substantial paper or cloth and shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the nature and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of the Building Code and all relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. The first sheet of each set of plans shall give the house and street address of the work and the name and address of the owner and person who prepared them. Plans shall include a plot plan showing the location of the proposed building and of every existing building on the property. In lieu of detailed specifications, the Building Official may approve references on the plans to a specific section or part of applicable construction codes or other ordinances or laws.
Computations, stress diagrams and other data sufficient to show the correctness of the plans, shall be submitted when required by the Building Official. Plans for buildings more than two (2) stories in height of other than Group R, Div. B, and Group M. Occupancies shall indicate how required structural and fire-resistive integrity will be maintained where a penetration will be made for electrical, mechanical, plumbing and communications conduits, pipes and similar systems.
Section 301:20. Issuance of Permit. The application, plans and specifications filed by an applicant for a permit shall be checked by the Building Official. Such plans may be reviewed by other departments of the City to check compliance with the laws and ordinances under their jurisdiction. If the Building Official is satisfied that the work described in an application for permit and the plans filed therewith conform to the requirements of applicable building codes and other pertinent laws and ordinances, and that the required permit fee as duly set by the Council from time to time has been paid, he shall issue a permit therefor to the applicant.
When the Building Official issues the permit, he shall endorse in writing or stamp on both sets of plans and specifications "APPROVED." Such approved plans and specifications shall not be changed, modified or altered without authorization from the Building Official, and all work shall be done in accordance with the approved plans.
The Building Official may issue a permit for the construction of part of a building or structure before the entire plans and specifications for the whole building or structure have been submitted or approved provided adequate information and detailed statements have been filed complying with all pertinent requirements of applicable construction codes. The holder of such permit shall proceed at his own risk without assurance that the permit for the entire building or structure will be granted.
Section 301:25. Retention of Plans. One set of approved plans, specifications and computations shall be retained by the Building Official for a period of not less than ninety (90) days from date of completion of the work covered therein, and one (1) set of approved plans and specifications shall be returned to the applicant, which set shall be kept on such building or work at all times during which the work authorized thereby is in progress.
Section 301:30. Validity of Permit. The issuance or granting of a permit or approval of plans and specifications shall not be construed to be a permit for, or an approval of, any violation of any of the provisions of applicable construction codes. No permit presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of such codes shall be valid, except insofar as the work or use which it authorized is lawful.
The issuance of a permit based upon plans and specifications shall not prevent the Building Official from thereafter requiring the correction of errors in said plans and specifications or from preventing building operations being carried on thereunder when in violation of applicable construction codes or of any other ordinance of the City.
Section 301:35. Expiration of Permit. Every permit issued by the Building Official under the provisions of this Code shall expire by limitation and become null and void, if the building or work authorized by such permits is not commenced within 120 days from the date of such permit, or if the building or work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned at any time after the work is commenced for a period of 120 days. Before such work can be recommenced a new permit shall be first obtained so to do, and the fee therefor shall be one-half (1/2) the amount required for a new permit for such work, provided no changes have been made or will be made in the original plans and specifications for such work; and provided, further, that such suspension or abandonment has not exceeded one (1) year.
Section 301:40. Suspension or Revocation. The Building Official may, in writing, suspend or revoke a permit issued under provisions of applicable construction codes whenever the permit is issued in error or on the basis of incorrect information supplied, or in violation of any ordinance or regulation or any of the provisions of such codes.
Section 301:45. Building Permit Fees. Fees for each building permit, for plan checking and other fees established in Section 520:00 et seq. shall be paid to the Building Official in the amount duly established by the Council from time to time.
Section 301:50. Expiration of Plan Check. Applications for which no permit is issued within 180 days following the date of application shall expire by limitation and plans submitted for checking may thereafter be returned to the applicant or destroyed by the Building Official. The Building Official may extend the time for action by the applicant for a period not exceeding 180 days upon written request by the applicant, showing that circumstances beyond the control of the applicant have prevented action from being taken. In order to renew action on an application after expiration, the applicant shall resubmit plans and pay a new plan check fee.
Section 301:55. Reinspection Fee. The fee for each reinspection shall be in the amount duly established by the Council from time to time.
Section 301:60. Inspections.
Subd. 1. General. All construction or work for which a permit is required shall be subject to inspection by the Building Official, and certain types of construction shall have continuous inspection by special inspectors, as specified in Section 301:70. A survey of the lot may be required by the Building Official to verify compliance of the structure with approved plans.
Subd. 2. Inspection Record Card. Work requiring a building permit shall not be commenced until the permit holder or his agent shall have posted an inspection record card in a conspicuous place on the front premises and in such position as to allow the Building Official conveniently to make the required entries thereon regarding inspection of the work. This card shall be maintained in such position by the permit holder until the Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.
Section 301:60, Subd. 3
Subd. 3. Approvals Required. No work shall be done on any part of the building or structure beyond the point indicated in each successive inspection without first obtaining the written approval of the Building Official. Such written approval shall be given only after an inspection shall have been made of each successive step in the construction as indicated by each of the inspections required in Subd. 4. There shall be a final inspection and approval on all buildings when completed and ready for occupancy.
Subd. 4. Required Inspections. Reinforcing steel or structural framework of any part of the building or structure shall not be covered or concealed without first obtaining the approval of the Building Official. The Building Official, upon notification from the permit holder or his agent, shall make the following inspections and shall either approve that portion of the construction as completed or shall notify the permit holder or his agent wherein the same fails to comply with applicable construction codes.
(1) Foundation Inspection. To be made after trenches are excavated and forms erected and when all materials for the foundation are delivered on the job. Where concrete from a central mixing plant (commonly termed "transit mixed") is to be used, materials need not be on the job.
(2) Frame Inspection. To be made after the roof, all framing, fire-blocking and bracing are in place and all pipes, chimneys and vents are complete.
(3) Lath and Wallboard Inspection. To be made after all lathing or wallboard, or both, interior and exterior, is in place; but before any plastering is applied or before wallboard joints and fasteners are taped and finished.
(4) Final Inspection. To be made after building is completed and ready for occupancy.
Subd. 5. Other Inspections. In addition to the called inspections specified above, the Building Official may make or require any other inspections of any construction work to ascertain compliance with the provisions of applicable construction codes and other laws which are enforced by the Building Department. For the purpose of determining compliance with applicable construction codes, the Building Official may cause any structure to be reinspected.
Section 301:65. Reinspections. A reinspection fee may be assessed for each inspection or reinspection when such portion of work for which inspection is called is not complete or when corrections called for are not made. This section is not to be interpreted as requiring reinspection fees the first time a job is rejected for failure to comply with the requirements of this Code, but as controlling the practice of calling for inspections before the job is ready for such inspection or reinspection. Reinspection fees may be assessed when the permit card is not properly posted on the work site, the approved plans are not readily available to the inspector, or failure to provide access on the date for which inspection is requested, or for deviating from plans requiring the approval of the Building Official. To obtain a reinspection
the applicant shall file an application therefor in writing upon a form furnished for that purpose, and pay the reinspection fee in the amount duly established by the Council from time to time. In instances where reinspection fees have been assessed, no additional inspection of the work will be performed until the required fees have been paid.
Section 301:70. Special Inspections. In addition to the inspections to be made as specified in Section 301:60 and 301:65, special inspections shall be made in accordance with the Minnesota State Building Code.
Section 301:75. Certificate of Occupancy.
Subd. 1. Use or Occupancy. No building or structure in Groups A, E, I, H, B or R, Div. 1 and 3 occupancy, shall be used or occupied, and no change in the existing occupancy classification of a building or structure or portion thereof shall be made until the Building Official has issued a Certificate of Occupancy therefor as provided herein.
Subd. 2. Change in Use. Changes in the character or use of a building shall not be made except as specified in applicable construction codes.
Subd. 3. Certificate Issued. After final inspection when it is found that the building or structure complies with the provisions of this Code, the Building Official shall issue a Certificate of Occupancy which shall contain the following:
(1) The building permit number. (2) The address of the building. (3) The name and address of the owner. (4) A description of that portion of the building for which the certificate is issued. (5) A statement that the described portion of the building complies with the requirements of this Code for group and division of occupancy and the use for which the proposed occupancy is classified.
Subd. 4. Temporary Certificate. A temporary Certificate of Occupancy may be issued by the Building Official for the use of a portion or portions of a building or structure prior to the completion of the entire building or structure.
Subd. 5. Posting. The Certificate of Occupancy shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the premises and shall not be removed except by the Building Official.