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

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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 in or scheduled on line when ready. Once all required inspections are Finaled, the permit is given a Closed status. Trade permits may be researched via Citizen Access.
 Permit forms  Fees  Inspections  Ordinances 
 

 Electrical 

 HVAC   Plumbing 
 
 Permit Application Forms
Electrical
Electrical Permits and Inspections for Homeowners
Fireplace
Gas Piping
HVAC
Hydronic
Plumbing
 

Electrical 

 Licensing Requirements

City of Rochester Code of Ordinances Chapter 4-2 Electrical Code requires licensed electricians must provide proof of state license and bonding and/or insurance to obtain permits.
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.

 Electrical Permits

 Electrical Permit Application Form 
 Electrical Permits and Inspections for Homeowners  
 Overhead/Underground Service 
 

 HVAC

 Licensing Requirements

HVAC contractors are required to be licensed by the City of Rochester Code of Ordinances per Chapter 4-3 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Code and Chapter 4-4 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
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.

HVAC Permits

Fireplace Permit Application Form
Gas Piping Permit Application Form

 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 Permit Application Form

2015 Mechanical & Energy Code-Ventilation, Makeup, and Combustion Air Calculations Form

2015 Mechanical & Energy Code-Ventilation, Makeup, and Combustion Air Calculations Instructions and Example 

Bonding Requirements for CSST

The manufacturers of CSST (Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing) have added an additional bonding requirement as part of their installation that need to be followed when using their products. For a copy of the alert, click this link "Bonding Requirements for CSST". (Updated 4/2009)

Hydronic Permit Application Form 
 

PLUMBING 

 Licensing Requirements
City of Rochester Code of Ordinances Chapter 4-5 Plumbing Code 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.  
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.
Plumbing Permits
Plumbing Permit Application Form 
Backflow (New & Annual) Test Forms Annual Test Form Backflow Preventors (from Rochester Public Utilities) 
 

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.

 

Trade Permit Fee Schedule

 

Trade Fees Calculator Enter the valuation amount in this spreadsheet to automatically calculate the fees. Use for all electrical, fireplace, gas piping, HVAC, hydronic, and plumbing projects. Trade Fees Calculator 
Refund of Fees

RochesterCode of Ordinances Chapter 4-1 Sec. 4-1-4 Permit Fees 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.

Use the request form to cancel or void a permit, with or without a refund of fees. Please note that the $25.00 application fee is non-refundable.

Request for Refund of Permit Fees
 

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 at507-328-2600from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily by Building Safety staff orby scheduling on line at: www.rochestermn.gov/CitizenAccess. Requests must be at least 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 forResidential Building and Trade Projects:
The inspection process starts with the West inspections in the morning and workstoward the East side of town as the day progresses. The intent is to have amorning/afternoon breakdown between the sides of town, however it does not always work this way and the morning inspections do sometimes extend into the afternoon. The intendedbreakdown is as such:

Address Quadrant

Inspection Timing

NW and SW AM (start in the morning)
NE and SE PM (generally afternoon)
 

Rochester Code of Ordinances 

Chapter 4-1 Building Code
Chapter 4-2 Electrical Code
Chapter 4-3 HVAC Code
Chapter 4-4 HVAC Board of Review
Chapter 4-5 Plumbing Code
Chapter 4-6 Commercial/Industrial Building
Chapter 4-7 Heritage Preservation