City of Newport, MN

Building Inspections

Building Permits

Permit Fees


City of Newport
596 7th Avenue
Newport, MN 55055
Phone: (651) 459-5677
Fax: (651) 459-9883

Hours: Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.



Why do I need a building permit?
The City of Newport is dedicated to providing safety to its community, and in doing so, ensures that all construction is done properly so that all buildings are safe and meet building code regulations. The Building Department administers these laws through the issuance of permits and by performing inspections. It is important that property owners, as well as contractors, make certain whether a building permit is necessary prior to beginning any construction or project. Click here to view and download the different permits.

What do I need to do submit with my building permit application?
In most instances, two sets of identical site plans must be submitted with the building permit application. Click on the different handouts below to learn more about what needs to be submitted with the application and other standards for residential construction. The building inspector will review the plans, and if necessary, will contact you for further information. Contractors will also need to submit a copy of their State License. If a contractor does not have a State License they will then need to register with the City through the Contractor's License. The Contractor's License is $50/year. Click here to view the Contractor's License.

Click here to find out if your property is in the floodplain. If your structure is in the floodplain, you'll need to complete the floodplain supplement above for any new structure.

2015 Residential Code

Click here to view information on the 2015 Residential Code Changes.

How soon may I begin construction?
Construction can begin as soon as the building permit has been issued. Some permits, such as mechanical, reroofing, and residing can be issued at the time of application. Other permit applications, once they've been verified as being complete with all necessary information, are typically issued within five working days after receipt of the application.

What do I need to do to get an electrical permit?
Electrical permits are issued by the City of Newport. To obtain electrical inspection information, please contact William Dietrich at 651-493-1599, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on weekdays.