Contact Information

4001 West River Parkway NW, Suite 100
Rochester, MN 55901

Phone: 507-328-2600
Fax: 507-328-2601

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

Department Contacts


With the Building Safety department moving to a new location at 4001 West River Parkway NW at the end of the January there will be a sale of the office furnishings including desks, filing cabinets, bookshelves, large wooden divided shelves, and other small office items excluding any technology items.

Because of this pending move, many of the furnishings in the current location are going to be sold. The prices are marked to move but are final; no negotiating will be done. The department will be open for viewing the items on Thursday, January 30, and Friday, January 31 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., which is the dates any purchases must be taken possession of.

 If you wish to set up a time to come view the items or have questions prior to the 30th and 31st, please contact Rob Ronnenberg at for assistance. The location of the items being sold is 2122 Campus Dr SE, Suite 300, Rochester MN 55904.

All items are sold on an AS IS, WHERE IS basis, including all faults and defects whether known or unknown.  The City claims no warranty as to the fitness or condition of any item in the sale.  All sales are FINAL, with no exception.  The City of Rochester reserves the right to reject any and all offers. 

Again, the Building Safety department will be open for viewing and making purchases between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, January 30th and 31st, only. Any purchases made for products are as is and must be picked up before 5 p.m. on Friday, January 31st, 2020.


We are Moving!

Building Safety will be moving to its new location

at the

Development Services & Infrastructure Center

(4001 West River Pkwy NW)

at the end of January 2020.

To facilitate this relocation,

Building Safety will be closing at noon

on Thursday, January 30,

and reopening in its new location

on Monday, February 3, at 8 a.m.

We look forward to serving you even better in our new location!

Map to 4001 West River Parkway NW

Announcing Live On-line Trade Applications!

We, in the Building Safety Department at the City of Rochester, are excited for a couple of announcements regarding our online Citizen Access portal for our licensed professional contractors.

The first is that you can now apply for trade permits online at! This is, of course, in addition to using the standard methods of:


This wonderful news means if you are applying for an electrical, plumbing, or mechanical permit and are a licensed contractor that 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 for help.

The second bit of good news is that the same interface you use currently to view your rental property records, building permits, and now to enter trade permits online has received a facelift! This means the struggles of using the website on a mobile device and not having the screen work well to see has become a thing of the past. The screen at now resizes to be more convenient when working on mobile devices to be more field user friendly for those who are not always at a desk when they want to schedule an inspection, apply for a trade permit, pay for their rental license, or any of the other numerous things that can be done on your mobile device more easily!

As with any change there may be some minor bugs to work out so please keep us in the loop for any questions you have or issues that come up so we can work through them to make this the best system it can be. Thank you.

Please review this instructional handout, which walks you through the process if you'd like to get started.


Online Inspection Requests

The Rochester Building Safety Department is excited to announce that you can now request and schedule your building and trade inspections online through our Citizen Access Portal.


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Please visit our Citizen Access Portal (24/7) and check it out for yourself at the link below.


In order to take advantage of this new feature, you must first become a registered public user. There are helpful videos available on our website to guide you through these processes.

Mission Statement

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.


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