City of Red Wing

Building Inspections

 The City of Red Wing Building Inspection Division is dedicated to the health, safety, and welfare of the community by ensuring that proper procedures and building codes are followed in the construction of structures thoughout the city. 

The Building Inspection Division has moved to it's new home, the Community Development Building, formerly known as the Ignite Building.

419 Bush St. in Red Wing
Buisness Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
To set up an inspection contact the front desk at 651-385-3623


Building Inspection Staff

Frank Peterson
Building Official
Travis Dunn
Building/Zoning Inspector

Building Permit Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a building permit?

  • A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications. Building permits are beneficial to you and the community and ensure that construction in Red Wing meets local and state codes. By working with a building inspector, you will benefit from their knowledge of the building codes to ensure your construction project is built right, will be safe and will last. Safe construction practices help protect you, your family, your friends and your investment.
  •  A building permit must be obtained any time a building or structure is built, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, converted, or demolished.

Why are fees charged for a building permit?

  • Permit fees are based on the value of work being done, and are collected to cover the cost of application, the review and the inspections. A building inspector is available to you should you have any questions concerning your project. Records of your project are maintained to show that code requirements were met, and you will have personal satisfaction of a job done right.

How long does it take to get a permit?

  • Roofing, siding, plumbing and mechanical permits can usually be issued at the time they are submitted. It will take up to one week to get a permit for projects that require plan review such as: decks, basements, etc.; if all of the supporting information is complete. It will take a minimum of two weeks to get a permit for a new single family home, major additions and commercial permits. If the application is not complete, it will be a longer wait. Please factor this approval process time into your projected start date. When in doubt, it is always best to ask before you undertake a project. Building Inspections staff will be happy to assist you. Call 651-385-3623 with any questions.

When is a permit required?

  • A general building permit is requied for all structural residences, garages, carports, decks and simliar structures or buildings.
  • A building permit must be obtained any time a building or structure is built, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, converted, or demolished.
  • A building permit is required for re-roofing, windows and siding.

Building code resources

The Minnesota State Building Code has been adopted into chapter four of Red Wing’s City Code and is enforced and adhered to by the Building Inspection Division. For information pertaining to building standards, codes and rules, visit the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry at

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Permit Activity Reports


January - March 2016  January - March 2017 
April - June 2016  April  - June 2017
July - September 2016  July - September 2017
October - December 2016  October - December 2017
January - March 2018