Building Permit Application – The City of Medina uses the same building permit application for all permits. Applications are not accepted by fax or email.

For “general” residential building permits that can be issued over the counter, please see the information below regarding payment amount. Payment is required at the time the application is submitted. Please mail a check with the application or submit and pay in person. Commercial building permits are typically not issued over the counter.

New Residential Construction

All new residential construction (new homes, accessory structures, and additions) within the City of Medina require a building permit or hardcover permit and must obtain the permit prior to the start of any work. Permit applications are reviewed every week by Planning & Zoning staff, the City Engineer, and Metro West Building Inspections. The applicant is required to submit two copies (one full size and one 11×17 to scale) of all plans for project,  and all proposed work is to follow the Minnesota State Building Code and all Medina Ordinances to ensure that permits will be issued promptly.

“General” Building Permits

The following Residential permit types can be issued over the counter and have flat fees.

Mechanical Installations: $50.00 per unit plus a $1.00 state surcharge

Plumbing Installations: $50.00 for the first five fixtures and $10.00 per fixture after five, plus a $1.00 state surcharge

Window Replacements (within existing openings): $50.00 for one window, plus a $1.00 state surcharge or if more than one window $100.00, plus a $1.00 state surcharge

Reside/Asphalt Reroof (per building): $100.00 plus a $1.00 state surcharge

Reroofing With Wood Shingles/Shakes: $165.00 plus a $1.00 state surcharge

Accessory Buildings Under 120 SF: Requires a hardcover permit for $50.00 (building permit application should be completed for this permit)

Sign Permits

All signs over 4 sq. ft. erected in the City of Medina require a Sign Permit. Sign Permits are issued similar to building permits.  Please refer to the Sign Permit Checklist for what materials must be submitted to receive a sign permit.  Permits for signs 50 sq. ft. or smaller are $100 and permits for signs over 50 sq. ft. are based on the State 1994 Building Permit Fee Schedule.

Please be aware that your project may also require a permit from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. Please check out the MCWD permitting page to find out!


A complete list of fees can be found on the City Fee Schedule. We accept cash, check, or (New in 2019) credit cards at the counter only (an additional fee will apply). Other than those that can be issued over the counter, payment will be due when the permit is ready.

Once the permit has been issued, work can commence on the project.  Information will be provided with the permit regarding when inspections will need to be carried out, and how to schedule appointments with the Building Inspector at Metro West.