The following is a list of information and forms most often requested by residents. This information may be downloaded, completed and faxed, mailed, or brought in to City Hall, 6000 McColl Drive, Savage, MN 55378 for review. The City's fax number is 952.882.2656.
The purpose of a building permit is to provide minimum construction standards established by the International Code Council so as to provide safeguards for life or limb, health, property and welfare by regulating design, construction, materials, use and the type of occupancy of all buildings. A building permit must be obtained any time a building or structure is erected, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, converted or demolished. The average turn around time is 10 business days.
The Department of Commerce recommends the following steps before you hire a contractor.
Smoke detectors are required for the entire house when remodeling or finishing a basement. Smoke detectors must be hard wired with battery backup in the newly remodeled areas. They should be interconnected whenever possible. See Finished Basement Handout.
A permit is only required for sheds over 120 square feet in size. All sheds must be located 5 feet from side property lines and 10 feet from rear property lines and must be similar in design and construction to the residence. See the Garage, Shed and Accessory Structure Handout.
No, unless it exceeds 6 feet in height. Please refer to the Fences Handout for fence requirements.
If the wall is over 4 feet tall, a permit is required. Engineering or manufacturer's specifications will also be required. The retaining wall may not encroach in the drainage of the property. Contact the City of Savage Engineering Department relating to drainage issues.
The City of Savage cannot provide homeowners this type of inspection service. The City of Savage performs inspections on active permits only. Independent inspectors can be hired to do these types of troubleshooting inspections. Independent inspectors may be found in the telephone book.
The City of Savage performs inspections only on active building permits. Refer to the Minnesota Attorney General Handbook, "Tenants Rights and Responsibilities".
Builders usually have a policy and time line for corrections on new homes. Always make the requests to the builder in writing. Contact the Department of Labor and Industry at 651.284.5065 if you feel your contractor has not performed per your contract.