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Building Division

The Cottage Grove Building Division is the Administrative Authority delegated to administer the State Building Code. Building Division staff address many facets of permit processing for all new and existing properties including plan review, permit issuance, inspections, and project approvals. The Building Division also addresses property maintenance concerns, rental licensing, and maintenance of all City-owned facilities.

The purpose of this Division is to assure all construction projects and properties are designed, constructed, and maintained in a compliant and safe manner. We firmly believe that sound construction practices, knowledgeable staff, and quality property maintenance provide for enhanced property values and continued development of healthy, safe neighborhoods and community.

The City of Cottage Grove has adopted the 2015 Minnesota State Building Code, which incorporates the 2012 International Residential, Building, and Fire Codes. Further information on construction codes and contractors can be accessed from the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry.

The City of Cottage Grove Building Division staff provide project plan review, inspection, and/or permit processing service to the Cities of Newport and St. Paul Park along with Grey Cloud Island and Denmark Townships.

Building permit applications and plans for St Paul Park and Newport shall be submitted directly to those cities at:

St. Paul Park City Hall, 600 Portland Avenue, St. Paul Park, MN 55071; 651-459-6144; city@stpaulpark.org

Newport City Hall 596 7th Avenue Newport, MN 55055; 651-459-5677; tbrierley@newportmn.com; (Office Hours 8:00 – 6:00 Monday through Thursday)

Permit applications and plans for Denmark Township projects shall be submitted directly to the City of Cottage Grove. All construction project submittals will be sent to the Denmark Township Town Board for a five-day review period. Application forms and further information are available here.

Permit applications and plans for Grey Cloud Island Township construction projects that require a plan review shall be submitted directly to Grey Cloud Island Township. Upon Board approval, the project submittal will be forwarded to Cottage Grove for further review and processing. Further information on permit submittal can be found here.