Building Site Permits

Planning and Zoning

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 Nickerson, Kerrick  and New Dosey require County permits, regulated under the County Zoning Ordinance.

Pine County does not require Building Site Permits outside of the above listed areas, however, your Township may.  Please review the Township and City Jurisdiction List and contact your Township accordingly.  If a township has adopted zoning regulations there is a high likelihood that a permit procedure is required prior to construction.

If a building will be occupied it is highly likely that a Subsurface Sewage Treatment System (SSTS / Septic System) is required.  Please follow this SSTS link for additional information. 

Permit Applications:

Application For Building Site Permit
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

MN Statewide Construction Standard