The Building Inspections Division of the Fire Department is responsible for the application and enforcement of the building code and related ordinances, regulating commercial and residential construction, alterations, and the use of buildings within the city. To schedule an inspection call 651-464-4349. A minimum of a 24-hour advance notice is required for all inspections. Email in applications or photos.
Any residential project that involves building a new structure, making an addition to a current structure, or remodeling or repairing a structure requires a permit. From the big projects such as building a new house or deck, to things like fixtures, finishes, and replacements to the exterior, all of the applications you need can be found here.
As with homes, you also often need a building permit for commercial projects. If you are in any way changing the way you use your business or property, click here to find out if you need a permit. Commercial Fire permits can also be found here.
Forest Lake InspectionsPhone: 651-464-4349
Nick VannelliFire TechnicianPhone: 651-209-9737
Nate MoatsBuilding InspectorPhone: 651-209-9726Nate is a combination building inspector and plan reviewer. He can be contacted for inspection or code questions regarding residential and commercial buildings. He is also a source for information on the building permit application review process.
Bob ProulxBuilding InspectorPhone: 651-209-9917