Permits & Fees

Online Permitting

The City of Chaska Building Inspection Department has launched online permitting on a platform called SmartGov. 

Starting July 5, 2022, you can file for permits that do not require plan review online. These include residential permits for: 

  • Siding
  • Roofing
  • Window/door replacements
  • Plumbing
  • Mechanical
  • Fireplace

You can submit, pay, and receive approval for these permits through our SmartGov portal

Online permitting for commercial and residential permits that require plan review will be coming later. 

You can still file permit applications in-person at City Hall or by emailing the Building Inspections Department

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Registration for e-permitting is open. Register in advance to make sure you are ready once permits are available. 

Sign up for e-permitting.

Permit Fee Overview

Permit fees shall be assessed for work governed by this code in accordance with the fee schedule adopted by the City of Chaska.

In addition, a surcharge fee shall be collected on all permits issued for work governed by City Code in accordance with Minnesota Statute 326B.133.

Electrical Permits

Building permits do not include electrical wiring

A separate request for inspection must be filed with the State Board of Electricity at or before commencement of any electrical wiring that is required by law to be inspected. An owner who wishes to do his own electrical wiring may obtain a Request for Inspection form by visiting the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's electrical inspections forms page. 

You may also inquire by sending one dollar with a written request for the form to the State Board of Electricity at the following address:

1821 University Ave.
Suite S-128
St. Paul, MN 55104

The State Board of Electricity may be reached by telephone at 651-284-5026 for inspection-related inquiries. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 to 8:30 a.m. It is the responsibility of the person filing the request for inspection to call for all required inspections.

Building Permit Fees

Total ValuationFee
$1 to $500$28 (Minimum fee is $60 plus state surcharge)
$501 to $2,000$28 for the first $500 plus $3.70 for each additional $100, or fraction thereof, to and including $2,000
$2,001 to $25,000$83.50 for the first $2,000 plus $16.55 for each additional $1,000, or fraction thereof, to and including $25,000
$25,001 to $50,000$464.15 for the first $25,000 plus $12 for each additional $1,000, or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000
$50,001 to $100,000$764.15 for the first $50,000 plus $8.45 for each additional $1,000, or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000
$100,001 to $500,001$1,186.65 for the first $100,000 plus $6.75 for each additional $1,000, or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000
$500,001 to $1,000,000$3,886.65 for the first $500,000 plus $5.50 for each additional $1,000, or fraction thereof, to and including $1,000,000
$1,000,001 and up$6,636.65 for the first $1,000,000 plus $4.50 for each additional $1,000, or fraction thereof


Other Permits & Fees

Permit TypeFee
Minimum Permit Fee$60 plus surcharge
Plumbing and Mechanical (HVAC) for commercial and residential1.5% of job valuation plus surcharge, which is 0.05% x valuation
Plumbing for new homes$215 plus surcharge
Re-roof, re-side, fireplace, window, door, and solar$95 flat fee plus $1 surcharge
Above-ground Swimming Pool$125 plus $1 surcharge
Below-ground Swimming Pool$300 plus $1 surcharge
Manufactured Homes$195 plus $1 surcharge
Demolition of Structure$125
Moving of Structure$200
Fence$10
Technology $5 for each permit


Fees for inspections not covered in the above list will be assessed on a case by case basis. 

Plan Review Fees

When submittal documents are required, a plan review fee shall be collected at 50% of the normal building permit fee for residential plans. For commercial/industrial plans, a plan review fee shall be collected at 65% of the normal building permit fee. 

The plan review fees specified in this section are separate fees from the permit fees specified and are in addition to the permit fees. 

State Surcharge Computation

Construction Value RangeSurcharge Computation
Up to $1,000,0000.0005 x Valuation
$1,000,001 to $2,000,000$500 + 0.0004 x Valuation - $1,000,000
$2,000,001 to $3,000,000$900 + 0.0003 x Valuation - $2,000,000
$3,000,001 to $4,000,000$1,200 + 0.0002 x Valuation - $3,000,000
$4,000,000 to $5,000,000$1,400 + 0.0001 x Valuation - $4,000,000
$5,000,000 or more$1,500 + 0.00005 x Valuation - $5,000,000