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Commercial & 3+ Multi-family Residential Plan Review and Permit Information
Commercial and 3+ Multi-family Intake Checklist
Building Permit Application
Design Professional in Charge Designation
Code Summary & Life Safety Plan Requirements
Mechanical Plan Requirements for Commercial Projects
Special Inspection Form
WLSSD Capacity Availability Fee Information
WLSSD CAF Procedures Manual
Fire Code Site Development Information
Antennas and Wireless Communication Facilities
UDC Summary Questionnaire
UDC Sustainability Checklist
Food Service Facility Requirements (FOG Ordinance)
Window Replacement for Commercial & MF Buildings: Criteria for whether plan review is required
Conservation Code for Existing Buildings
Design Professional Requirements
What is a design professional?
A design professional is licensed or certified by the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design (AELSLAGID) to practice their respective disciplines. Plans must be prepared and certified by a design professional unless specifically exempted in state licensing rules. The building code authorizes the building official to require plans to be prepared by a design professional for an exempt building if special conditions exist.
A permit application must include plans and specifications for the project with the name and address of who prepared the plans. Plans must provide information that clearly shows that the project design complies with the building code and other laws and ordinances that apply to the project. The plan preparer must certify that reasonable care has been given to compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, and building codes.
The requirement for quality and completeness of plans and associated documents is the same whether prepared by a design professional or not.
For more information about projects requiring a design professional, click here.
Construction Services Pre-Review Meetings
Construction Services’ preliminary review meetings are a free service provided to architects, engineers, owners, builders and others in the development community as an opportunity to introduce projects to Construction Services, Zoning and other city staff. These meetings are a chance for questions and clarifications regarding code requirements and presentation of reasoning for alternate methods or modifications and for requests for code interpretations. If you need a meeting that is primarily focused on stormwater management requirements, utilities or streets, contact Engineering at (218) 730-5200. If you need a meeting primarily focused on UDC (zoning) issues or you need to schedule a Planning pre-application meeting, contact Planning at (218) 730-5580.
Designers can meet with plan review staff to review big-picture issues and address areas of specific concern at an early stage. Preliminary review meetings are not a replacement for a detailed review of final plans, but if conducted in advance of completing the construction documents, can reduce time required to address major issues discovered during final plan review.
Preliminary review meetings are available on Wednesdays. To schedule a meeting, complete the form in the link below and email it and items listed on the form to Construction Services:
The deadline to request a meeting is the Friday of the previous week. When the complete request form and other information is received, you will be offered available meeting times.
Pre-Review Request Form and Information
Commercial Energy Code Compliance
Commercial and multi-family residential buildings (except low-rise residential) must comply with Minnesota's Commercial Energy Code, Minnesota Rules Chapter 1323, which adopts and amends 2012 Energy Conservation Code and uses ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010.
Follow the steps on the Commercial Energy Compliance Plan Review Submittal Worksheet (click here), and provide the Energy Code Compliance Drawing Sheets described on page two.
Commercial Mechanical/HVAC Requirements
Commercial Mechanical Plan Submittal Requirements
Residential Gas Furnace and Boiler Replacements
HVAC Inspector Information
Compressed Natural Gas
Hood Suppression System Information
Please see the links below for detailed information about submittal of plans, plan review, payment of permit and plan review fees, issuance of permits and inspections.
Commercial Hood Suppression System Permitting and Requirements
Fire Suppression Permit Application
High Density Polyethylene Piping for Water Service
[ CONTACT ]
Dan NelsonMunicipal Building Officialdwnelson@duluthmn.gov210 City Hall, 411 West First St.Duluth, MN 55802Phone: (218) 730-5300
Keith HamreDirectorPlanning & Construction Serviceskhamre@duluthmn.govPhone: (218) 730-5297Office Hours:8:00 am - 4:00 pm Mon.-Fri.No new business after 3:45 pm