Building Permits

A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with the approved drawings and specifications. The drawings and specifications must be approved, and then a permit is issued. The purpose of the permit is to ensure that the building project meets minimum safety, zoning, and aesthetic requirements enforced by the SMSC and required by the Tribal Building Code.

A building permit is required for all work not specifically exempt from the building code. This applies to residents, contractors, and commercial owners. Even if you are a homeowner, you need a permit to work on your own home. A building permit is also required when work is structural in nature, such as adding or replacing beams, posts, joists, and/or rafters. When a building permit is issued, at least one inspection is required before the work can be approved. If you are using a contractor, they will schedule the inspection. If you are not using a contractor, you or a person 18 years of age or older must be at the property during the inspection.

Some projects may require more than one permit. To determine which permits you need for your project, please call SMSC Tribal Building Official Eric Schlueter at 952.496.6135.

Planning to Dig?

If you’re planning to do any digging in connection with your building project, you must contact Gopher State One Call, 651.454.0002, to arrange for utility companies to mark buried utility lines in your yard. This service is free, but you should call at least 48 hours before digging.

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Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

2330 Sioux Trail NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
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