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As a reminder, Fairmont City offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017. We will reopen for business on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. ... See MoreSee Less

Fairmont City Offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017 in observance of President's Day. Let us be thankful for our great leaders this President's Day.

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We have covered when a person needs a building permit and the importance of obtaining one. So, how does a person get one?

Building permits can be obtained from the Building Department, second floor of Fairmont City Hall, 100 Downtown Plaza, Fairmont, MN anytime between 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Mondays through Fridays.

The Building Department offers services that provide minimum standards to safeguard life, health, property and public welfare by being responsible for the application and enforcement of the Minnesota State Building Code and related City Ordinances regulating construction, alterations, and the use of building within the City.

It takes everyone in the community to keep homes, schools, offices, stores and other buildings safe for personal and public use. Your safe construction practices help protect your, your family, your friends and your investment. Be sure to get the City of Fairmont Building Officials involved with your project, because we are on your side.
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Yesterday, we covered why a building permit is a good thing. But, do you really need one for your upcoming project?

Absolutely! A building or structure cannot be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished unless a building permit has been obtained from the City. Applications for building permits are available at City Hall and on the website. Permits identify the work to be covered, the land on which the proposed work is to be done and the use for which the proposed work is intended. Applications should be accompanied by a site plan and a scaled, detailed drawing of the proposed project. If you do not have a survey of your lot, there is a good change the City does. Working with a lot survey is the best way to present a site plan. The Building Department will review the application and issue a permit if the work described conforms to the Minnesota State Building Code and other pertinent laws and ordinances. Permit fees are based on the City’s adopted fee schedule. Every permit is valid as long as the work continues and is not suspended for 6 months.

Tomorrow: Where do I get a permit and assistance with my building project to ensure it follows code?
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