COVID-19 Precautions

Goodhue County has declared a State of Emergency. The County Government Center closes to the Public at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday 18 March 2020 through at least Friday 3 April 2020. Land Use Management employees will continue to serve the public. Please use electronic means of communication when possible. Also, we can accept items by mail. Building and Zoning forms and applications are available on the County Website and typically can be submitted electronically or by mail. A drop box is available at the lower level, handicap, Fifth Street entrance. 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

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