Permits & Licenses
Building Fee Schedule & Permit
You can download the City of Osseo residential building/permit Fee Schedule.
Wondering if your project is located within the City of Osseo boundaries? Please review the map at the bottom of the About Osseo page, double-check the address through Hennepin County's Property Information Search, or contact City Hall at 763-425-2624 to verify before submitting an application.
Fee amounts for commercial projects are developed by our Building Inspector, Metro West Inspections, Inc. and are based on the valuation of the project. ALL commercial permits are subject to review by the Building Inspector. MANY commercial building permits will also require a Sewer Availability Charge (SAC) Determination from the Metropolitan Council (see the linked memo for more information).
The City of Osseo contracts with Metro West Inspection Services for all building, mechanical, and plumbing plan review and pre-and-post inspections. If you have code related questions, please contact Metro West by email or by phone at 763.479.1720.
You may download a copy of the Osseo Building Permit and a copy of the Building Permit Requirements from the City's website. Please note: This permit application is used for all Osseo building and zoning permits (both residential and commercial) with the exception of electrical permits (which can be found further down on this page). Prior to processing, many commercial building permits for construction or remodeling will also require a Sewer Availiabiilty Charge (SAC) Determination from the Metropolitan Council (see the linked memo for more information).
We accept credit card payments from contrators or residents who pull building permits that are less than $1000. Please download the Osseo Credit Card Payment Form to send with your permit application. If you prefer to pay over the phone, note that on the application (with your contact information) on the permit application.
PLEASE SEE THE ADDITIONAL FORM REQUIRED FOR WINDOW INSTALLS/REPLACEMENTS.
We are happy to process permits via the mail provided a self-addressed, postage paid envelope is included. Please City Hall at 763.425.2624 if you have any further questions.
Osseo Building Permits
When is a Building Permit Required?
A building permit is required when:
- Building or remodeling a house
- Re-roofing and/or re-siding
- Putting up a shed (accessory structure) (Review Garage & Accessory Structure requirements first)
- Installing a fireplace, wood stove, or chimney
- Finishing your basement
- Adding a garage or addition
- Replacing windows (Please also submit the Window Supplement Sheet)
- Changing or installing heating or air conditioning
- Installing plumbing
- Constructing a retaining wall over four feet in height
- Constructing a swimming pool
- Installing an irrigation system
- Putting up a deck or porch
- Putting up a fence (Review Residential Fence requirements, or contact City Hall for commercial fence requirements)
- Doing electrical work (electrical permits are through the City)
- All commercial work
- Replacing water softeners or water heater
When is a Building Permit Not Required?
A building permit is not required for:
- Movable cases, counters, and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches high
- Painting, wallpapering, or paneling
- Temporary stage sets and scenery
- Soffit, fascia and trim
- Installing carpeting and other flooring
- Prefabricated above ground swimming pools of a capacity of 5,000 gallons or less
- Redecorating without structural change
- Replacing cabinets in kitchen or elsewhere
Doing the Work Yourself
Detailed plans of what you are proposing to construct are required. If your proposed work does not meet code, if it easier to change it on paper than once you have built it. Never dig on your property without first having Gopher State One Call locate the underground utilities (call 651.454.0002). This is a free service that may save your life.
If you are planning improvements to your property and do not want to do the work yourself, here are some suggestions to help you select a contractor:
- Make sure the contractor has a state license for residential construction
- Check references; make sure they are valid
- Check with the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry to see if any complaints have been registered
- Check to make sure qualifications and expertise match your needs
- Find out how long the contractor has been in business in this area
Getting a Building Permit
Most home improvements require building permits. The purpose of the permit is to ensure that the building project meets certain minimum safety and aesthetic requirements. The fees charged for building permits are used to cover the cost of checking work for compliance with the state and city building codes.
Do not take out the building permit for the contractor. By signing the permit, the contractor is guaranteeing to do the work according to code. If you sign the permit, you are liable for all work corrections if it should fall short of standards. Do make sure that your contractor has a permit, and calls for inspections. An inspection card is issued and should be displayed near the work area. When an inspection is complete, the inspector will sign the card. When the final inspection passes, the inspector's signatures are your assurance that the work has been done properly. You should pay for the work only after it has passed final inspection.
Electrical permits are issued by the City of Osseo and do NOT go through the State.
Please fill out the Contractor Electrical Permit Application
Please fill out the Homeowner Electrical Permit Application
Residential Electrical Checklist Brochure
ELECTRICAL PERMIT FEE AMOUNTS (as of July 1, 2015)
Schedule electrical inspections at tokleinspections.com or call Peter Tokle, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., at 763-754-2983.
Rental Licensing and Inspections Program
All rental properties in the City of Osseo must be licensed and renewed every year. Please see 2016 Rental Licensing and Inspections Program for information and fees.
Rental inspections are done in accordance with the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC). The IPMC is consistent, comprehensive, and uses compatible property maintenance documents meant to be used with the other codes as adopted by the State of Minnesota. Prepared forms, checklists, and Certificates of Compliance are used to provide consistency and uniformity in licensing and inspection of rental properties. The Certificate of Compliance will be used to obtain a license -- which will ensure that all rental properties meet the provisions of the IPMC prior to licensure.
Licensing and Inspection Process:
Single family, duplex, triplex, townhome, and condo units with Certificates of Compliance receive rental license renewal applications in August. Completed renewal applications and fees are due by September 30 of each year. Licenses are issued once approved. Inspections for the next cycle will be completed early in the following year.
Small and large apartments with Certificates of Compliance receive rental license renewal applications in May. Completed renewal applications and fees are due by June 30 of each year. Licenses are issued once approved. Inspections for the next cycle will be completed later in that same year.
All single family, duplex, townhome, and condo rental property is inspected annually and a third of all apartment units will be inspected annually (100% of a building every three years). Common areas and boiler rooms in apartment buildings are inspected every year. Please note that the owner or owner’s representative must be present for all inspections and proper notice of the inspection must be given to the tenant by the owner.
See Section 151 of the Osseo City Code for more details. The purpose of this section is to clarify the expectations of property owners in order to provide safe, structurally sound, and well-maintained rental facilities in the City of Osseo. The City partners with the City of Brooklyn Park to provide rental inspection services. You can visit Brooklyn Park's rental license website for more information.
Rental Inspections are completed by:
Property Maintenance Inspector
For information on Landlord and Tenant laws, please visit the Minnesota Attorney General website www.ag.state.mn.us.
For more information, please contact Administrative Assistant Karen Broden by email or by phone at 763.425.2624, ext. 101.
The Osseo Sign Permit Application is available here. Use the same permit for all permanent and temporary signage.
The Osseo Sandwich Board Sign Permit Application is available here.
Each zoning category in Osseo has differing sign code regulations:
Central Business District (CBD)
Highway Commerical District (C-2 North & South)
Manufacturing and Industrial District (M)
One & Two Family Residential District (R-1)
Multi-Family Residential District (R-2)
Fees are based on permanent or temporary sign status and the valuation of each sign. Please download the sign permit, fill it out completely, and send to the City of Osseo along with required supporting documentation (picture, drawing or rendering of the sign; dimensions of the new sign and any existing signs; sign location(s); and proof of contract purchase price). The total fee will be determined after Staff review.
Osseo does not require Contractor Licensing prior to the permit process.
Liquor & Tobacco Licenses
For questions and forms for liquor and tobacco licenses, please contact City Clerk LeAnn Larson by email or by phone at 763.425.4064.
All dogs are required to have some identification attached to them. Identification allowed includes microchips, veterinarian-issued rabies tags, or tags or collars with a current address and phone number of the owner inscribed on the tag or collar.
As of January 2016, dog licenses are no longer required by the Osseo Police Department. Up-to-date rabies vaccinations are required.
Please contact Osseo Police Department Administrative Assistant Felicia Wallgren if you have any questions, by email or by phone at 763.424.5444.