Steps For Sump Pump Inspection

1. Verify Need For Certification

Call the City at 763-593-3962 to verify that your property is in need of certification before beginning the sump pump inspection process.

2. Submit Application and Pay Fee

The application fee is $50 for residential properties.

  • Online: Applications may also be submitted online and the fee paid by credit card (online application, ). 
    1. Visit ePermits and click Apply for Permit
    2. Homeowners do not need to create an account. Contractors must make an account.
    3. Scroll down to I/I POINT OF SALE and choose the type of inspection you need.
    4. Fill in the information requested. When asked if a certificate has been issued for this property answer yes, when asked for a valuation of the work, leave it at $0
    5. Follow the instructions to submit the payment. Make sure you continue to process until you get a permit number that begins with GV_ _ _ _ _ _.
    6. Call 763-593-3962 to schedule the appointment.
  • By Mail or In Person: You can submit your application and fee paid by check via mail or in person at the Public Works Department in City Hall.

3. Schedule Inspection

Call 763-593-3962 between 7 am and 3 pm to schedule an inspection. Provide permit number, if application was submitted online, and at least 24-hour advance notice.

  • The appointment will take approximately a half hour for residential properties.
  • A responsible adult must be present at all times during the inspection.

4. Prepare For Inspection

Before the inspection, the property owner must do the following:

  1. Make sure your sump pump is accessible for inspection.
  2. Make sure the sump pump discharge piping is visible.

5. Wait For Review

Allow up to five working days for the City to process the results.

If problems are found

  1. You will receive a correction notice from the City identifying the problem(s). City Code requires repairs to be completed within 180 days.
  2. Correct the problems (getting the correct inspections for the work done along the way) and call the Public Works Department to schedule another sump pump inspection.