Removal of a building, removal of portions of a building and removal of any other types of structures.
Information and Instructions
Which Projects Need a Demolition Permit?
You will need a demolition permit to remove any building/structures, including accessory structures with a roof area of more than 200 square feet. Demolition generally means the removal of the entire structure, although in some cases the foundation may remain to stabilize a site.
On the Twin City Campus removal of buildings may have SAC credits.
Removal and capping of plumbing, mechanical, septic, and electrical service also require separate Plumbing, Mechanical, Utility, and/or Electrical Permits.
Demolition and /or abatement associated with a building permit work area do not usually require a demolition permit.
How Do I Find My University Representative and Project Number?
Finding Your University Representative (University Rep)
This is a U of M contact on the project that may have the title of Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Team Manager or Owner's Rep. This is the employee at the University of Minnesota (CPM, FM, UConstruction, System Campus, Research and Outreach Centers) who is responsible to ensure that the work is ready for the permitting process to begin.
If you do not know who your University Rep is, contact the entity that hired you (department, college, primary contractor, etc.).
Getting a Project or Work Order Number
You need only a University of Minnesota project number OR University of Minnesota work order number. Call Facilities Management Call Center 612-624-2900 for instruction to receive a project number. Only University of Minnesota Employees may apply for project numbers. Work order numbers should be obtained from your University Rep. If you are a contractor, please talk to your University Project Manager.
What Information Is Required for My Permit (Detailed Description of Work)?
The applicant for a permit must provide an estimated permit value at time of application. Permit valuations must include the total value of all demolition work, including materials and labor, for which the permit is being issued, such as electrical, gas, mechanical, plumbing equipment, and permanent systems.
Scope of Work
Please submit a project scope of work to include the following:
- Detailed description of what work is being done (pertaining to this application) on this project
- Building name and address spelled out from acronym
- Room numbers
- Other applicable information that further describes the location
Other Applicable Documents
- For properties not part of the contiguous campus, a registered land survey must be submitted (if applicable)
- Certificate of Pesticide Application
- Location of any private or public utilities on site (i.e. wells, septics, fuel tanks, utilities) must be provided
- For disconnection of private utilities, a utility permit is required; for public utilities, provide verification from city and/or public utility company
- Building foundations and structures must be completely removed as part of the demolitions
- A grading permit must be applied for
Individual trade permits should include additional details regarding specific trade-related work.
How Do I Apply for a Permit?
How Long Does It Take to Get a Permit?
An average time may vary anywhere between 2 days to 2 weeks and depends on the complexity of the work and the completeness of the plan submittals. It may take longer.
What Inspections Are Required?
All projects that require a permit also require an inspection of work. The types of inspections required are determined based on project criteria and are assigned within the online permitting system (Accela). Once you complete a permit application through the online permitting system, you will be provided with a list of required inspections and information about how to schedule an inspection. Fore more information about inspections, visit our Inspections page.
How Do I Pay My Fees?
Permit fees can be paid by check or credit card or with a U of M EFS account number (available for U of M departments). A total of all fees due will display in the Fees section of the online application once your permit application has been reviewed and fees have been invoiced.
Paying by Check
Fees assessed will be processed when BCD accepts your check. After payment, you will receive an e-mail that your permit has been issued and you may print your Permit and Inspection Report.
Checks should be made payable to the U of MN Building Code Department. During COVID-19, checks can only be submitted via mail at the address below. Please also email BCD at [email protected] when you mail the check.
University of Minnesota Building Code Department
270 Donhowe Building
319 15th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Directions to our office can be found on the campus map.
Paying by Credit Card
You may pay by credit card only at the time you receive an e-mail stating that your permit is ready to be issued. Locate the permit number and pay the fees associated. Once the fees are paid, the permit status will reflect “Issued”. Print both the Permit and Inspection Report.
Paying by U of M EFS Number
Enter a correct budget string when you are applying for the permit; you will be notified when the permit is approved. The fees will display as paid and you will be able to print the Permit and Inspection Report.
Which Documents Am I Required to Post on My Project Site?
All Inspection and Permit Reports are required to be posted at the job site. Inspectors will not provide the requested inspection without these posted documents.
How Do I Print My Permit Documents?
To print your permit documents:
- Visit our online permit system and sign in.
- Click the Search Application Link from the Permit Application Home Page or from a link on the permit application page to locate your permit.
- Click on the Application ID.
- Click on the Reports link in the upper-right hand corner of the screen. The number in parentheses indicates the number of reports that are available to print.
- Click on the document name to open it and select the printer icon in the upper-left corner to print.