- Step 1 - Review and Prepare
- Step 2 - Create an Account/PRO
- Step 3 - Apply
- Step 4 - Review and Payment
- Step 5 - Schedule an Inspection
Review and Prepare
The following documents need to be available for upload during the online application process. Please note, all documents need to be in a PDF format.
- Plans and Job Specifications
- Civil/Utilities Plans
- Supporting Documents
- Site and Landscape Plan/Survey
- SAC Determination Form
Create an Account/PRO
Are you a new user?
Create an Account
Contractors applying for a permit on behalf of a homeowner must setup a User Account and then a Pro Account.
Homeowners doing your own work may setup a User account only.New users to the system need to create an account. Please select create an account.
Creating a New User in iMS and iMS Tips
Having trouble creating an account? Detail instructions are available:
Already have an account?
Create a PRO Account
A PRO account is for contractors that require any city or state license or registration.
Please note, Architects are able to apply for a permit for new commercial buildings without being a PRO account.
Creating a Pro Account in iMS
Having trouble creating a PRO account? Detail instructions are available:
Once you have gathered or emailed the necessary documents, you are ready to begin the online application process.
Please note the following:
- Non-State Project - Please select this for all non-state projects.
- State Project - If the project is a state owned building, a school district project, or charter school project, the cost of which is $100,000 or more, or state licensed facility such as a nursing home, supervised living facility, hospital, free-standing outpatient surgical center, correctional facility, residential hospice, or board care.
- Once the application is started, the system will not allow you to go back to a previous page, you must continue through the entire application.
- Once you have completed and uploaded all required documents, a review page allows you to go back and edit any part of the application.
- Any question or upload with a red asterisk (*) is required.
Review and Payment
Review time is up to 15 business days.Please note, during the busy construction months and with the online software launch, delays may occur.
After completion of the permit review, an email with permit cost and payment instructions will be sent.
- After receipt of payment, plans will be emailed, and work and inspection scheduling can start.
Schedule an Inspection
- When scheduling inspections, please plan at least three to four business days ahead.
- Please note, during the busy construction months longer delays may occur.
Information needed before calling to schedule an inspection:
- Permit number.
- Address for the job site.
- Inspection type.
- If you are the homeowner, the name of contractor doing the work is needed.
Login to IMS Account and go to your dashboard.
On your Dashboard, go to My Inspections.
- A list of required inspections can be viewed along with the instructions on how to schedule.
- SAC determination must be back from the Metropolitan Council before the building permit will be issued.
- State projects are state owned buildings, a school district project, or charter school project the cost of which is $100,000 or more, or a state licensed facility such as nursing home, supervised living facility, hospital, free-standing outpatient surgical center, correctional facility, residential hospice, or boarding care.
- Plans must be approved by our Building, Planning, Fire, Utility, and Engineering Departments prior to the issuance of the permit.
- The general contractor must be listed on the application prior to the issuance of the permit. A “GC Acknowledgement” form must be filled out and submitted.
- All sub-contractors must be listed in the IMS online application prior to the issuance of the building permit. All sub-contractors must have an up-to-date commercial license and insurance and be registered in our IMS system to issue the permit.
- Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical plans must be submitted for review prior to the permit being issued. A separate electrical permit is obtained through the State of MN, not the City of Blaine.
- A separate fire suppression permit is required but not needed at the time of submittal or issuance of the permit but recommended to be submitted early in case there are any issues, so it won’t delay the project.
- Energy Code Compliance forms (thermal envelope, interior & exterior lighting, mechanical, and service water heating) must be submitted. On the plans, and in the application, it must state whether the building is designed using ASHRAE 90.1 or IECC, cannot combine the two. U-factors and SHGC for all fenestration must be listed on the plans.
- Geotechnical soils report required prior to issuance of permit.
- SAC determination from Met Council is required.
- Special Inspections form. This form must be signed and dated by the owner, contractor, architect, and a representative of the firm/agency (we will need the name of the firm/agency as well) who will be performing the actual special inspections.
- EIFS/Sealant forms required (if applicable). Provide EIFS specs as well.
- An approved Rice Creek watershed permit must be in the hands of our Engineering Department prior to the issuance of the permit.
- Erosion control and sediment measures must be installed around the project site and approved prior to the building permit being issued.
- All SIPA and financial guarantees must be submitted to our Planning Department prior to the issuance of the permit.
- Do plans need original signatures or are electronic signatures okay?
- How many sets of plans are required for permit submittal?
- Do plans need to be embossed by an architect and engineer?
- What is the current review period for drawings?
- What is the current review period for responses to the building department comments?
- Is express plan review available?
- Do permit drawings need to be submitted to any additional departments such as the Fire Marshal, State Review, etc.?
- Is a demolition permit available prior to the building permit?
- Does a general contractor need to be awarded prior to submittal for permit?
- Does the general contractor and/or subcontractor’s company name need to be entered in the permit application for the submittal to be accepted and plan review to begin?
- Once the general contractor is awarded for new building and addition permits, how are they added as the responsible party/applicant for the permit?
- Are insurance certificates or bonds required at the time of submittal? If so, by whom?
- Are separate applications required by the subcontractors? If so, by whom?
- What type of Commercial permits is Landlord approval needed for? If so, at permit submittal or at permit issuance?
- Can we receive our permit without the landlord’s shell building work being completed and finaled prior to Substantial Completions?
- Are low voltage permits required?
- Are low voltage permit applications required at the time of building permit submittal for the release of the building permit?
- Do fire alarm and sprinkler drawings need to be submitted with the building permit application?
- Do the fire protection subcontractors need to prepare drawings, cut sheets, and calculations for building permit submittal?
- Can the submittal be mailed in?
- Can the submittal be made in person?
- Does the building department offer expedited services or work with any specific expeditors?
- Is a plan check fee do at the time of permit submittal?
- Are permit fees due at the time of submittal or permit pick up?
- Are there any additional fees to be aware of?
- What other items may be required prior to the building permit being issued?
- Current building codes being used: