Decks / Porches / Ramps

Requirements for Permit Application Submittal

If deck is going to be attached to a cantilever (overhang) either provide alternative method of framing support or provide proof that cantilevers and floor trusses can bear additional load of deck.  The City of Blaine does not enforce Homeowners Association Rules or Neighborhood Covenants - It is the homeowner's responsibility to verify compliance with neighborhood requirements prior to constructing your deck or porch.

How to Submit a Permit Application and Required Information

  1. Permit and Plan Submittal Preferred Method

    Email the application and supporting paperwork requested to plans@blainemn.gov.

    Do not send a credit card authorization form, Building Inspections will contact you for payment method when the permit is approved.

Fee & Permit Process

  • A deck up to 100 square feet the Permit fee is $100 plus state surcharge of $1.00.
  • A deck over 100 square feet the Permit fee is $150 plus state surcharge of $1.00.
  • Deck repair Permit fee is $75.00 plus state surcharge of $1.00.
  • The Porch/Porch Deck permit is a valuation based permit see fee schedule.
  • Fee Schedule (PDF)
  • Review time is 5-7 business days.  During the busy construction months longer delays may occur.
  • Once your plan has been reviewed you will be contacted to come pickup and pay for your permit.
  • When your permit has been paid for and you have the approved plans, you may start your work and schedule inspections. 
  • When scheduling Inspections please plan at least 2 business days out.  During the busy construction months longer delays may occur. 

General Information

  • The footing inspection is after the holes are dug and before the concrete is poured.
  • Permits are required for all decks with the following exception:
    • Patios made of concrete or pavers on grade.
    • Freestanding decks (except manufactured homes) do not require  a permit if they are not more than 30 inches above adjacent  grade.  Freestanding decks do not require footings that extend  below the frost depth.  
    • Consider zoning ordinances and/or homeowners association  requirements prior to constructing a free standing deck.
  • Manufactured homes require a building permit for all decks that will be used for the path of exit/entry in to the dwelling.
  • Manufactured homes require a park approval letter to be submitted along with the application.

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