Building Inspections


Building Inspection Department is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are located in the Community Development office within City Hall.

Permit and rental applications

Permit Application (for all permit types)

Building Inspections

Fee Schedule

To schedule an inspection call 507-645-3004

Send all work permit and rental applications via one of three ways


The Building Inspections Department's function is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Northfield by ensuring that proper procedures and building codes are followed in the construction of structures throughout the city. The department is responsible for issuing construction permits and conducting inspections to ensure compliance with state building code and city ordinance regulating building, mechanical, plumbing, demolition of structures, moving of structures, and manufactured housing.


The City of Northfield has adopted the 2020 Minnesota Building Code. City Property Maintenance Code, and the City Rental Housing Ordinances are also enforced.


Listed is the updated published report on building permit activity in Northfield:

Building Permit Activity 1951-2000

Building Permit Activity 2001-2020

Scheduling inspections for new construction

If the building is of new construction, we will do onsite inspections as long as we are can maintain the minimum of 6 feet between people and other proper precautions.


The Building Inspections Department accepts cash or check.