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Building Inspections/Code Enforcement
Building and Transportation Services ensures compliance of the building code and oversees ordinances that regulate the construction, alteration and use of buildings, and transit options within the city.

The many different building permit applications submitted to the City require different types of review, including plumbing, heating and sewer and water permits. To better meet the needs of our customers, the city has a target timeline for the initial review of each type of permit and a FAQs page to answer questions you might have about permits and the application process. Click on the "Building Permits and FAQs" link to the right.

Building Inspections and Code Enforcement Contacts

(952) 447-9850 Fax: (952) 447-4263

Building Services can be found at City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. SE.
Larry Poppler, City Engineer and Director of Inspections (952) 447-9832

Robert D. Hutchins, Building Official

(952) 447-9851

Paul Baumgartner, Building Inspector

(952) 447-9853
Dale Chard, Building Inspector  
Dale Stefanisko, Code Enforcement Officer (952) 447-9811
Lynda Allen, Development Services Assistant - Building (952) 447-9850
Building Department

A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with the approved drawings and specifications. The drawings and specifications must be approved and a permit issued by the City of Prior Lake. The purpose of the permit is to ensure that the building project meets minimum safety, zoning and aesthetic requirements enforced by the City of Prior Lake and required by the State Building Code. For a listing of the Permit fees, click here to view the current Fee Schedule.

Residential Decks Lower Level Finish
Residential Vinyl Siding Sheds/Accessory Structures
Swimming Pool Porch
Fences Re-roofing SF Home
Retaining Wall Policy Residential Survey Requirements
Impervious Surface Calculations Erosion Control
Erosion Control Informational Video
New Single Family Home Requirements New Single Family Home Requirements (shoreland)


Building Heating / AC / Fireplace
Plumbing Sewer & Water

The State of Minnesota is responsible for processing all electrical permits as June 1, 2013.
MN Depart. of Labor and Industry website
     - Electrical Application


Code Enforcement

Enforcement BrochureA code violation is any use of land, including vacant properties and buildings, which is contrary to the provisions of Prior Lake City Code. Once a complaint is received, the City’s Code Enforcement Officer logs the information in a database. The complaints are ranked according to priority, with health and safety issues taking precedence over violations that do not pose an immediate health or safety risk.

The Enforcement Officer will conduct a site visit and, if a violation is confirmed, generally a notice will be provided to the responsible party. In most cases, the Code Enforcement Officer will give the responsible party a deadline to abate all violations on the site. This deadline will vary according to the number and type of violation(s) on site.
For more information, click on the "Good Neighbor Guide to Code Compliance."

The City's Code Enforcement Policy is here.

Below is a partial list of common violation types, for a complete list of the Zoning Ordinance please visit the Document Center.

If you have any specific inquiry regarding a possible zoning violation, contact Code Enforcement Officer Dale Stefanisko at (952) 447-9811.

Property Maintenance

Storage of Vehicles in Yard Area

Garbage and Refuse Containers

Pet Nuisance

Building without a Proper Permit

Junk and Junk Vehicle Storage

Recreational Equipment Storage

Public Nuisance

Winter Maintenance

Commercial Use in Residential Area

Temporary Sign Policy

Business Signage


International Code Council
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Prior Lake Document Center
Scott County
Scott County Community Development Agency
Scott County Land Records


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4646 Dakota Street SE   -   Prior Lake, MN 55372-1714
Phone: (952) 447-9800   -   Fax: (952) 447-4245
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