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FAQ: Building Permits

When would I need to obtain a building permit?

Permits are required for any new construction, addition, remodeling project, or structural alteration as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing projects. We do not require permits for finish work such as new cabinets, painting, replacing or covering shingles or for flat work such as patios made of brick, paving stones, or concrete slabs on which you will not be building anything. You do need a permit for sheet rock, siding, stairs/steps, or a deck. If you are not sure if you need a permit, please contact the Inspections Department at 701-241-1561 or inspections@cityoffargo.com.