Contact Information

2122 Campus Dr SE Suite 300
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2600
Fax: 507-328-2601

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Department Contacts

Construction-Trades

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Electrical, Fireplace, Gas Piping, HVAC, Hydronic, and Plumbing

Basic Processes

Trade contractors who are properly licensed per City of Rochester Ordinances may apply for permits with the Building Safety office. Once notified that the permit is issued, the work as described may begin, and inspections may be called when ready. Once all required inspections are Finaled, the permit is given a Closed status. Permits may be researched via Citizen Access.

Licensing Requirements

Permit Forms

Fees

Inspections

NEW--2015 Minnesota Building Code Update Power Point presentation from the Lumberyard meetings 

ELECTRICAL

Licensing Requirements


City of Rochester Ordinance 52. Electrical requires licensed electricians must provide proof of state license and bonding and/or insurance to obtain permits.

Electrical Permit

 

Contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for more information:

Electrical general inquiries and Code information.

Licensing applications, renewal forms and related documents.

Contractor License Lookup--to research current permit holders.

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PLUMBING


Licensing Requirements


City of Rochester Ordinance Chapter 51. Plumbing requires licensed plumbers to provide proof of state license and bonding and/or insurance to obtain permits. No person shall engage in the business of installing plumbing or install plumbing in connection with the dealing in and selling of plumbing material and supplies, unless at all times a master plumber, duly licensed by the State of Minnesota, is responsible for proper installation of such plumbing and in charge of the plumbing work. No person shall engage in or work at the business of a master plumber unless licensed to do so by the State of Minnesota.

Plumbing Permit

 

Backflow (New & Annual) Test Forms


 

 

Contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for more information:

Plumbing general inquiries and Code information.

Licensing applications, renewal forms and related documents.

Contractor License Lookup--to research current permit holders.

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HVAC

Licensing Requirements


HVAC contractors are required to be licensed by the City of Rochester per Chapter 53-Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning and Chapter 54-Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Board of Review.

Licenses need to be approved by the City Council. Therefore, applications must be submitted with all necessary additional information by 10 a.m. on the Wednesday prior to the Council meeting.  If you have questions or need additional information regarding your application, please contact the City Clerk's Office 507-328-2900.

Download the appropriate license application:
            HVAC Contractor's license 
            HVAC Master Installer's license

 City Ordinances relating to HVAC:
               Chapter 53 - Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning 

 

Contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for more information:

HVAC general inquiries and Code information.

Licensing applications, renewal forms and related documents.

Contractor License Lookup--to research current permit holders.

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Mechanical Permits

 Fireplace Permit

  Gas Piping Permit

 

  • Minnesota Energy Resources Changes the Install of Gas Metering Equipment


    On March 2014, the City of Rochester received a letter from the Minnesota Energy Resources company informing us of a change regarding the install of gas metering equipment for new residential and small commercial customers.

    Effective immediately, Minnesota Energy will no longer provide installation inspections, testing, and/or authorization of the temporary use of gas for buildings under construction.  This prompted a change in the manner which the Building Safety Department authorizes the temporary use of fuel gas. A letter or email was sent to inform contractors of this change and the proper procedures to follow moving forward in March of 2013.

 HVAC

 

Hydronic

 

 

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FEES 

Trade Permit Fee Schedule

There are three(3) fees collected for a trade permit in Rochester.  The fees are:  application, permit, and Minnesota state surcharge.  The permit valuation shall include total value of all construction work, including materials and labor, for which the permit is being issued.

Payment is due at time of application submission. Checks or cash are the only two payment methods accepted for trade permits.

 

Refund of Permit Fees/To Cancel or Void Permit(s)

Rochester City Ordinance 50.6 states the Building Official must authorize refunding of any fee that was erroneously paid or collected, or if none of the work authorized by the permit has been performed.  The Building Official may not authorize refunding of any permit fee except upon written application filed by the original permittee not later than 180 days after the date of permit issuance.  Plan review fees, IRC footing permit fees and application fees will not be refunded.

Please complete, sign and return the Request for Refund of Permit Fees form.  (Please note that the $25.00 application fee is nonrefundable.) This form is also used to cancel or void a permit.

  

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INSPECTIONS

    Required Inspections

    The Inspection Division of the Rochester Building Safety Department administers the Minnesota State Building Code by performing the inspections required by the appropriate sections of Chapter 1300.
    Required inspections are typically identified on the permit card, but additional or other inspections may be required to verify code compliance. If you have questions about whether an inspection is required before proceeding, please call the Building Safety Department for clarification.
    Inspection requests are accepted by phone from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily by Building Safety staff by calling (507) 328-2600. Requests must be made one day prior to the inspection. Please have your permit number available when calling and requesting inspections to expedite the process. 

    Inspection Scheduling Policy for Residential Construction Projects:

       All residential construction inspections will be scheduled by the following Policy:
                   
    Address Quadrant Inspection Timing
    NW and SW AM (morning)
    NE and SE PM (afternoon)
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