Building Division

theme-photos-Klby0nxseY8-unsplash Opens in new windowThe Building Division administers the State Building Code and ensures that all construction in the unincorporated areas of the county comply with proper building regulations. The division performs field inspections of residential and commercial structures, including fireplaces, footings, foundations, heating, plumbing, and structural components.

Building Permits/Online Permitting System

All construction projects in Rice County's unincorporated areas require a building permit. Find building permit fact sheets in the Required Information Documents section below.

Permits are also required for demolition of existing structures.

All permits must be applied for online. For other information and to access our online permitting system, please go to our Online Permitting page.

Note: Rice County does not handle building or zoning issues for properties located within the following incorporated areas: Dundas, Faribault, Lonsdale, Morristown and Northfield, or in Bridgewater Township. Contact Bridgewater Township at 507-645-1656 or the specific city in which the property lies for more information.

Supporting policies

Electrical permits

Apply online through the state of Minnesota. For more information, contact Minnesota State Electrical Inspector Scott Preuss at 507-430-3652.