In accordance with the Minnesota State Mechanical Code (MSMC), permits are required for any installation, maintenance, alteration, and inspection of mechanical systems that are permanently installed and utilized to provide control of environmental conditions and related processes within buildings, fuel gas piping systems, fuel gas equipment and appliances, and related accessories.
Note for contractors: Mechanical permit applicants (contractors) are not required to be licensed by the State of Minnesota but are required to file a $25,000 mechanical contractor bond with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) in order to contract to perform gas, heating, ventilation, cooling, air conditioning, fuel burning, or refrigeration work in Minnesota. The bond must be approved by DLI and written by a surety company licensed to do business in Minnesota.
Instructions and Information
Which Projects Need a Mechanical Permit?
Permits are required for any installation, maintenance, alteration, and inspection of mechanical systems that are permanently installed and utilized to provide control of environmental conditions and related processes within buildings, fuel gas piping systems, fuel gas equipment and appliances, and related accessories.
This code also regulates process piping installed within, or in conjunction with, buildings or structures. The term "process piping" includes piping or tubing which conveys gas, liquid, or solids and which is used directly in research, laboratory, or production processes. Common permitted mechanical work includes but is not limited to the following:
- Heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC)
- Low pressure steam (15# and under)
- Pressure vessels (15# and under)
- Hot and chilled water systems
- Refrigeration / cooling
- Kitchen ventilation
- Fume hoods
- Exhaust systems
- Gas piping
- Process piping
- Temporary heating
- Radon mitigation systems
- Fuel fired equipment
Separate Permit applications, plans and approvals are required for the following work:
- Fire alarm controls
- Underground mechanical utilities
- Connection to public utilities
- Electrical HVAC controls
- Temporary heat
High pressure steam permits are issued through the MN Department of Labor and Industry.
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.
Which Documents Are Required to Receive a Permit?
The documents listed below are required at the time of permit submittal so that the Building Code Department (BCD) staff can complete their plan reviews and grant approval for your project. Permitting time will depend on the complexity of the work and the completeness of the plan submittals.
Two complete sets of the following plans, specifications, and submittal documents for the work being performed are required at time of permit application:
- Completed online permit application
- Description of work
- Material specifications
- Floor plans
- Gas riser isometric including BTUs
- Pneumatic controls
- Process piping
The following documents may be deferred submittals and are required prior to issuance of a permit:
- Request for alternate materials or methods
- International Code Council (ICC) Evaluation Service (ES) reports (if applicable)
- Copy of State plan review letter on State licensed facilities (if applicable)
How Do I Apply for a Permit?
All permit applications must be submitted online through the online Accela permit system. Click the button below for application instructions.
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.
Which 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 Permit 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.