There are two types of permit fees.

The first type of permit fee is valuation based, which means the fee is based on the total value of all construction work, including materials and labor, for which the permit is being issued. Valuation based fees are calculated using a fee schedule approved by your municipality.

The second type of permit fee is a fixed fee.  This is a flat fee established and approved by your municipality.

MN Rules, Chapter 1300.0160 states:  “Building permit fees shall be based on valuation.”  It allows for the following exceptions:

  1. one- and two-family dwelling maintenance permits for roofing, siding, windows, doors, or other minor projects may be charged a fixed fee; and
  2. permits for plumbing, mechanical, electrical, or other building service equipment systems may be based on valuation or charged a fixed fee.