Building Site Permits

Planning and Zoning

Pine County requires Building Site Permits in Shoreland and Floodplain  locations.  Please click this Building Site Permit Application link for a blank application.  Please review this information and contact a Pine County Environmental Technician listed to the right to further discuss Building Site permitting questions and requirements.  This department does not assign addresses.  To receive an address assignment please contact the 911 Coordinator at (320) 591-1696 or select this New Address Assignment Link.

  • Shoreland areas are regulated by 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. 

Pine County does not require Building Site Permits outside of Shoreland and Floodplain 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. 

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 State Building Code Division  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. 

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 Killian, (218) 851-9648

South Pine County:  Stephen Fischer, (320) 279-7580

MN Statewide Construction Standard