4001 West River Parkway NW, Suite 100
Rochester, MN 55901
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From the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry:
2020 Minnesota State Building Code adoption
On Tuesday March 31, 2020, six new Minnesota construction codes are scheduled to take effect. Although this adoption is occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic, the construction industry has been fully engaged in the process of developing changes to the new codes over the past two years and are anticipating their implementation.
Currently, many architects, engineers and other building designers either have or are in the process of preparing designs in accordance with the new codes. Industry has also been providing training about changes the past few months, prior to the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak. The department’s spring training educational seminars will be provided in an online format in the coming weeks.
Anyone who is facing challenges related to the adoption of the new codes should contact the department and we will work to assist them.
Thank you to all construction stakeholders, Technical Advisory Group members and the Construction Codes Advisory Council who participated in this two-and-a-half-year collaborative process.
These new codes apply to permit applications made on or after March 31 with the exception of the Minnesota Mechanical Code that takes effect on April 6, 2020.
The Minnesota Fire Code also goes into effect March 31, 2020.
New codes effective March 31, 2020
The following codes have been approved for adoption:
2020 Minnesota Conservation Code for Existing Buildings
2020 Minnesota Residential Code
2020 Minnesota Building Code
2020 Minnesota Energy Code
Note: The 2015 Minnesota Residential Energy Code remains in effect.
2020 Minnesota Accessibility Code
2020 Minnesota Mechanical/Fuel Gas Code - Effective April 6, 2020
2020 Minnesota State Fire Code
CITY OF ROCHESTER BUILDING SAFETY DEPARTMENT
PUBLIC SERVICE DESK CLOSURE AND PROCESS CHANGE INFORMATION IN TIME OF THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
This information sheet serves to update the status and changes to our processes resulting from the health emergency precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to protect the health and safety of both our staff and our community partners during this time with minimal impact and disruption to services. Process changes currently enacted are listed below.
Current Operational Status:
City Leadership has closed all public service desk locations throughout the City of Rochester. City employees are still working, answering phone calls and emails, processing permits and making inspections. We are also applying social distancing when performing inspections and using special protocols where possible.
To be clear, the office is not closed, just closed to the public from direct in-person interactions.
Permit Request & Issuance:
Inspections and other Guidance:
We Have Moved!
Building Safety is now in its new location at the
Development Services & Infrastructure Center (DSIC)
4001 West River Parkway NW
We look forward to serving you at our new location!
The Building Safety Department is committed to advancing public safety in the built environment through collaboration and community partnership which results in safe, accessible and healthy structures.
City of Rochester Core Values
The City of Rochester will RISE to the top in Customer Focus
through Respect, Integrity, Safety, and Excellence.
- Customer Focus
- Identify, plan for, and support customer needs.
- Seek and consider input from our customers to continually improve services.
- Treat every customer well.
- Treat customers in a personal and professional manner while being firm, fair, and compassionate.
- Be an active listener to the customer.
- Maintain a work environment that is free of disrespect and false information.
- Provide equitable and honest treatment to all customers.
- Follow through in a timely manner or as communicated.
- Maintain privacy and confidentiality as applicable to Minnesota State laws.
- Employees act responsibly and take ownership of their actions.
- Each department/area has documented safety procedures for employees and customers.
- Communicate clearly when dealing with emergencies or safety concerns.
- Be knowledgeable in my area of responsibility.
- Be professional in my actions, manners, and appearance.
- Meet or exceed customer needs for City services.
We are pleased to offer our citizens, businesses, and visitors access to government information online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Access to these services is available by two methods:
Unregistered (or anonymous) user
Search and view records
Search and view records
Allow access to creating Collection of your permits
Pay Rental Housing Licenses
Schedule Building Inspections
Registration is free and easy. Register and create a new user account today!
Need Help? These documents may assist.
Online Trade Permits
You can now apply for trade permits online at https://aca.rochestermn.gov/citizenaccess/! This is, of course, in addition to using the standard methods of:
Emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
By fax to 507-328-2601
Or by postal mail at 4001 West River Parkway NW Suite 100 Rochester, MN 55901
This means if you are applying for an electrical, plumbing, or mechanical permit and are a licensed contractor you can submit your permit application online in an easier, more secure manner than ever before for quicker processing. For questions about how this can be done please contact us at 507-328-2600 or by emailing email@example.com for help.
Please review this instructional handout, which walks you through the process if you'd like to get started
Online Inspection Requests
Building and Trade Inspection requests can now be requested and scheduled online through the Citizen Access portal!
Please visit https://aca.rochestermn.gov/citizenaccess to request your inspection today!