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  • e-permits: Apply for building permits, pay fees, and find permits issued from 1995 to present (click "Search for Permits," and fill in the house number and street address of the property)
  • ePlans: To get started with the electronic plan review process, read our ePlans Quick Reference Guide or our ePlans User Guide
  • Fees: To estimate your permit fees, click "Permit Fee Estimator" in e-permits and fill in your information. Permit fee ranges are also available in the City's Master Fee Schedule.
  • Unless otherwise noted, return completed application, any required documents or plans, and appropriate fee to City of Golden Valley Inspections Department, 7800 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN 55427.

+ Building Permit Applications & Forms

Building Permits (apply online through City's ePermits system) are required for a number of home building, remodeling, or repair projects.

For remodeling, alterations, or repairs, the City requires two sets of plans showing window sizes, room sizes, ceiling heights, doors, exits, and stairways (minimum scale: 1/4 inch = 1 foot).

For new construction or additions, the City requires:

  • two sets of plans showing window sizes, room sizes, ceiling heights, doors, exits, and stairways (minimum scale: 1/4 inch = 1 foot)
  • one surveyors certificate signed by a Minnesota licensed surveyor (building must be shown on survey)
  • exterior envelope calculations (forms available from Inspections Department)
  • roof truss design signed by a Minnesota engineer
  • soil test results

Some projects require permits for tree preservation or stormwater management. You must obtain those permits before the City will issue a Building Permit.

Building

Building - Plan Review Required

Electrical

Electrical permits cover installation of electrical wiring. Inspections are done through the City's electrical inspector. To make an appointment, call 763-390-9255 between 7 - 8:30 am, Monday through Friday.

Mechanical

Mechanical permits cover installation, repair, or remodeling of fireplaces, heating systems, and air conditioners.

Mechanical - Plan Review Required

Plumbing

Plumbing permits cover installation or replacement of plumbing for toilets, bathtubs, sinks, floor drains, water heaters, showers, garbage disposals, backflow preventers for underground sprinkler systems, and dishwashers.

Plumbing - Plan Review Required

Sewer/Water - Plan Review

Sewer or water permits are required if you hire a plumber to make connections to the City's sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water main, or any repairs to your sanitary service.

+ Domestic Partnership Registration

Golden Valley’s domestic partnership registration allows unmarried couples to register their relationship with the City. This registry application (see below) helps people in committed relationships gain health insurance from employers who recognize such partnerships or to gain hospital visitation rights. Golden Valley is one of several cities in Minnesota to provide a domestic partnership registration. Others include Minneapolis, St Paul, Duluth, Edina, Rochester, Robbinsdale, and Maplewood. For more details, see the Golden Valley City Code, Section 2-163.

+ Fences

+ Fire Permits

+ Gun Purchase/Carry

Purchasing a gun requires a permit. Gun-owners who wish to carry their weapons must also obtain a special permit. For more information, contact the Police Department.

+ Mobile Food Vending (Food Trucks)

+ Parking Permits

Residents who live in parking-restricted areas must obtain parking permits for guests.

  • No Parking Waiver Permit: This permit is required to temporarily suspend enforcement of a no parking zone in Golden Valley. Due at least one week in advance of the event date. City staff may require additional information from the event organizer before approving the permit.
  • Winter Parking Restriction Waiver Permit: This permit is required to temporarily suspend enforcement of the 2-6 am (Nov 1-March 31) on-street parking restriction in Golden Valley. Each permit is for one night only. Vehicles are allowed three waivers of one night each per winter season. All waivers are temporary and void during snowfalls of 2 inches or more until snow has stopped falling and the streets are cleared curb to curb. Due three days before the parking waiver is needed.

+ Planning & Zoning Permits

+ ROW (Driveway, Curb Cut, or Boulevard) Permits

Unless otherwise provided in the City Code, no person may obstruct or excavate in the right-of-way (ROW) without first obtaining a ROW Permit from the City. This includes:

  • construction of retaining walls, fences, berms, or other obstructions (Zoning Requirements)
  • planting of trees, shrubs, or other landscaping over 12 inches high
  • temporary obstructions in the travel way, such as trailers, parades, or special events
  • construction of paved driveways and walks (Zoning Requirements)
  • installation of utilities, irrigation, conduits, wires, or other objects

Guidelines

  • Homeowners and/or contractors are required to submit a scale drawing of the proposed project.
  • Email the completed ROW Permit application to Karen Moores.
  • Staff will review the application for completeness and will contact you to verify the permit fee, securities, and other documentation. Please mail a check for the fee and security amounts with a copy of the application to City of Golden Valley, Attn: ROW Permit, 7800 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN 55427.
  • Following receipt of your check, staff will email you the permit.

Questions? Please call the City at 763-593-8030

+ Sign Permits

As outlined in City Code Chapter 105, the City of Golden Valley regulates signage and requires permits before signs are constructed or erected (some exceptions apply). Plan review required.

+ Special Events Permits

+ Stormwater Management Permits

Stormwater Management Permits are required for land-disturbing activities that remove soils or vegetation, including but not limited to clearing, digging, dredging, draining, or filling (see specifics below).

Specific projects requiring a Stormwater Management Permit include:

  • activities that disturb more than 4,000 square feet of soils or vegetation
  • any activity that would involve construction, installation, demolition, modification or expansion of a building foundation wall
  • construction or demolition of a swimming pool
  • construction or demolition of a retaining wall of sufficient height to require a building permit
  • any land disturbing activities within City right-of-way that have a duration greater than 72 hours and which are not covered by a right-of-way excavation, utility, or plumbing permit
  • cutting, filling, disposal, hauling in, or storage of more than 30 cubic yards of soil
  • construction, reclamation, expansion, removal, or modification of a parking lot
  • construction, expansion, or modification of a stormwater quality treatment facility or stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • any land-disturbing activities within the 100-year floodplain or calculated high water level of any water body, or immediately adjacent to any wetland or public water body, including shoreline restoration and creek bank stabilization
  • those activities required to meet “Level 1 standards” and “Non-degradation standards” of the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission (BCWMC) as set forth in the current version of BCWMC’s Requirements for Improvements and Development Proposals as amended from time to time

Questions? Contact Drew Chirpich or call 763-593-8030.

+ Tree & Landscape Permits

Tree and Landscape Permits

Required for:

    • all new construction projects
    • projects that increase the building footprint by 100 percent in single-family residential (R1 and R2) zoning districts
    • projects that increase impervious areas by 10 percent in all other zoning districts.
    Multi-lot or two-phase development projects may require additional permits. Note: It may take up to a minimum of 15 business days to review a complete application.
  • Tree & Landscape Permit Application
  • Email the completed Tree & Landscape Permit application to Tim Teynor.
  • Staff will review the application for completeness and will contact you to verify the permit fee, securities, and other documentation. Please mail a check for the fee and security amounts with a copy of the application to: City of Golden Valley, Attn: Tree & Landscape, 7800 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN 55427.
  • Following receipt of your check, staff will email you the permit.

Native Vegetation Permit

Golden Valley's lawn maintenance ordinance (City Code Chapter 10-87) allows residents to cultivate native plants in residential lawns. The Native Vegetation Permit (fee: $100) requires property information along with a description of the work, including:

  • purpose and intent (eg, general yard landscaping or water source buffer zone)
  • detailed site plan, planting plan, and maintenance plan with contact information for responsible person(s)
  • Native Vegetation Permit Application

Questions? Contact Public Works at 763-593-8030.

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Apply Early

If you have a project planned, get your permit early. Waiting until the last minute will delay your project. Permit processing can take several weeks.