Pine County requires building site permits for a wide range of activities. The building site application is used for many types of construction, including but not limited to:
- building, moving, or adding to structures
- changing the height, pitch or projection of a structure
- changing the type of building use (i.e. storage converted to a cabin)
- permit extension
- new or replacement foundations (a part of the structure that may be built at a later time, but the permit must be obtained prior to installation of the foundation)
Pine County requires building site permits in the following areas:
- Shoreland areas are regulated under the Shoreland Ordinance and/or Kettle River Wild & Scenic Ordinance. Shoreland areas are generally located within 1,000 feet of all lakes and 300 feet landward of any designated river, creek, or stream and connecting floodplain. Kettle River Wild & Scenic areas are more extensive and are defined by State Statute.
- Floodplains are regulated by the Floodplain Ordinance, can be more expansive than shorelands, and are determined through review of FEMA Floodplain maps and site specific elevations. Please visit the Floodplain Management page for additional information.
- The Cities of Denham and Kerrick, as well as the Township of Pine Lake, Nickerson, Kerrick and New Dosey require County permits, regulated under the County Zoning Ordinance.
A septic compliance inspection is required for any permit applications submitted for properties in the shoreland area before a permit will be issued. An inspection is not required if the system was installed within the last 5 years or inspected within the last 3 years.
Application For Building Site Permit
--Shoreland Worksheet Attachment for Building Site Permit Application
--Floodplain Worksheet for Building Site Permit Application
Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Application
State Building Code
Pine County has not adopted the State Building Code and is therefore not charged with inspecting or enforcing State Building Code regulations. You are encouraged to click to the 2020 Minnesota State Building Code or call 1-800-657-3944 concerning State Code requirements and regulations. You are also encouraged to contact your Township to determine if the Building Code or other local building or site permit process has been locally adopted. Chengwatana and Royalton Township have adopted the State Building Code.
An informational brochure on the Minnesota Statewide Construction Standard is available at the bottom of this page. Please review this brochure for valuable State Code links, licensing information, and phone numbers.
State Electrical Code
Electrical permits are issued by the State of Minnesota, Department of Labor and Industry, Electrical Division. For more information call 1-800-657-3944.
Inspection of electrical work is performed by State designated Electrical Inspectors. You should contact your inspector directly to arrange for an inspection. Two inspectors cover Pine County:
North Pine County: James Bjorklund, (218) 590-0861
South Pine County: Stephen Fischer, (320) 279-7580