New Housing Permit Reimbursement Program

 Within Goodhue County’s CARES Act Funding Disbursement Program, funds are available for New Housing Permit Reimbursements.  

Click HERE for information and an application.  

Alternatively, visit the Finance and Taxpayer Services Department on the County Website at

COVID-19 Precautions  

During Goodhue County Phase-In Reopening electronic means of communication are encouraged when possible.  Building and Zoning forms and applications are available on the County Website.  We accept items by mail and many forms and application can be submitted electronically.  Also, there is a drop box at the alley entrance and an additional drop-off location at the lower level, Fifth Street handicap entrance which can accommodate larger items and deliveries.  Please call 651.385.3000 with questions, for assistance, or for special pick-up or delivery instructions.

The Minnesota State Building Code has applied to all of Goodhue County since 1979. The Goodhue County Building Official and staff administer the building code in all 21 unincorporated townships and by joint-powers agreements in some of the municipalities.

AMBO Award

The Association of Minnesota Building Officials recognized the Goodhue County Building Department as the Municipality of the Year for 2013.

Building Permits

Building permits are required for work that is covered by the scope of the code. Feel free to contact County Building Staff with questions on specific projects. See a list of some examples of projects that typically require permits.

Building Award

Licensed Contractor Enforcement Activity

Building Code Administration

Access the Building Permits and Inspections Document for more information on who does building code administration in Goodhue County.

Code Application

The building code applies to the construction, alteration, moving, demolition, repair, and use of any building, structure, or building service equipment. The purpose of the building code is to provide minimum standards to safeguard life and limb, health, property, and public welfare. The minimum code standards are achieved by regulating and controlling the following:

  • Construction
  • Design
  • Location
  • Maintenance of structures and equipment
  • Quality of materials
  • Use and occupancy

Building Official's Duties

The building official must maintain certification through the state and has duties, powers, and responsibilities established by state statute. The building official is tasked with the following jobs:

  • Authorizes use and occupancy of structures
  • Conducts project inspections
  • Issues building permits
  • Receives permit applications
  • Reviews construction documents