Building & Permits

Permits are required for a number of construction activities such as decks, driveways, fireplaces, signs, zoning, and more. Permits are also required for garage sales and temporary overnight parking. See the menu on the left for more information about each individual item.

The City of Arden Hills has adopted the 2020 Minnesota State Building Code. Minimum standards have been established to provide a level of safety and performance for all structures. Building inspection Requirements (PDF) are checked during inspections to make sure the minimum standards are being met.

Information for Contractors

Contractors needing to obtain permits in Arden Hills may find the necessary applications and handout on the Information for Contractors webpage.

Information for Residents

Property owners doing work on their own property are allowed to apply for building permits without the need for a contractor’s license.

Property owners will be required to complete an Acknowledgement of Property Owner Form (PDF).

Do I need a Permit?

Most home building and remodeling projects require a permit through the city before starting construction; however some are exempt. Review Which Homebuilding and Remodeling Projects Require a Permit (PDF) for more information.

Permit Application Process

To obtain a permit, you must submit a permit application. Please include the required fee and all necessary materials and information:

  • A ten-business days turnaround period applies if city plan review is needed
  • Upon approval of the permit, construction must be underway within 180 days or a new permit will be required
  • Upon finishing work, please make sure to contact the city so an inspection may be conducted
  • A minimum notice of 24 hours is required for all inspections