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Building Permits
The City of Lester Prairie follows the state building code.  A majority of work done on your home will require a permit.  You should check before you start any work to verify what information is required to submit with your permit application.

There is a flat fee for pulling a permit for re-roof, re-siding or re-window, provided there are no changes to the replacement. The fee for a general permit is $51.00 each. ($45.00 plus a $1.00 service charge plus License lookup fee - if multiple permits, only one will have the License lookup fee).  If you are changing roofing material or replacing decking it will require an actual building permit versus the general permit and will need to be turned into MNSpect.

Any window replacement that has a change in size or is an egress would not qualify under the flat general permit fee.

Please feel free to look for additional information on our inspectors website at:

 Rental Housing

2022 Important Dates for Rental Licenses

Rental Dwelling Information

Rental Checklist

Rental Housing Application

Permit Application

Informational Lead Handout

Accessory Building/Shed over 200 sf

Accessory Building/Shed 200 sf or less

Accessory Building/Shed Requirement Handout

Agricultural Buildings


Basement Finish

Carbon Monoxide Detectors/Questions and Answers

Commercial Mechanical Permit

Commercial Plumbing Application

Commercial Roofing Work Sheet

Commercial Siding Work Sheet

Deck Handout

Demo Exterior Structure

Demo Interior

Detached Garage

Egress/Emergency Escape Window Handout


Finish Basement and Remodel Handout

Furnace & Fireplace

Garage Door Replacement


In-Floor Heating Systems

Interior Draintile

Lawn Irrigation


Manufactured-Mobile Homes

Move-In Structures

New Homes

Residential New Home Construction Checklist

Paint Spray Booths

Plumbing and Mechanical Application

Post Frame Construction

Property Owner Form


Reroof Handout

ReSide Handout

ReWindow/ReDoor Handout

Retaining Wall Handout

Screened or 3 Season Porch Handout


Sheds/Accessory Buildings – 200 SQ. FT. OR LESS

Sheds/Accessory Buildings-OVER 200 SQ. FEET

Smoke Detector

Smoke Detector & CO Requirements



Swimming Pools

Water Heater

Water Softener

Work Requiring a Permit

2022 Important Dates for Rental Licenses