Building & Inspections

The Building and Inspections Department issues all building and zoning permits for the Township. This department provides for the health, safety and welfare of Township residents by providing inspection services to ensure that all residential, commercial, and industrial buildings are in compliance with the Uniform Building Code and Township Ordinances.

Building Permits


Building permits are required for the construction of a new dwelling and for various modifications to existing structures as outlined below. The Building Permit Application Form (PDF) can be obtained online or at the Townships Administration Building during normal business hours. Separate permits are required for electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fire suppression, fire alarm systems, sewer and water. Subcontractors must be state licensed or be contractor licensed with the Township before work begins.
 
Call Mike Johnson, Building Inspector and Code Enforcement Officer at 651-747-2750 for other requirements and information. Call 651-747-2750 to schedule the required inspections. Call at least one day prior to the day the inspection is desired.

Existing Structures


Existing structures require a building permit for any of the following:
  • Accessory buildings
  • Any structural change
  • Any work with a valuation of $250 or more
  • Driveways, fences
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Plumbing and electrical work
  • Re-roofing and re-siding
  • Swimming pools and decks

New Dwellings


New Dwellings require two sets of plans, energy calculations, a Certificate of Survey, placement of the house on the survey with all corner stakes visible, and the house staked out on the lot. The Township engineer must establish proper elevations before a permit is issued. Separate Permits are also required for:
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing 
  • Mechanical
  • Water meter / spacer
  • Outside sewer and water line
  • Fire suppression
  • Fire alarm systems

Public Right-of-Way


Work proposed to be done within the public right-of-way, including sidewalks, driveways, tree planting, etc, also requires a permit and application review by the Township Engineer.



Payments


White Bear Township accepts cash, check, money order, and the following credit cards up to $1000 maximum: AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, and Discover.