Building Permit Fees. Building permit fees are based on the valuation of the project. For new residential buildings, residential additions, decks, and garages, the valuation is based on a standard per square foot cost. The state surcharge fee, required, is also based on the valuation of the project. Plan review fees are required and are a percentage of the permit fee. Construction Services will calculate the valuation for new residential buildings, residential additions, decks, and garages to determine total permit fees, which are paid when the permit is approved.
If you'd like to estimate your permit fees, you can use the Residential Valuation Schedule Form to calculate the valuation per square foot. Then, you can use the Permit Fee Calculator or Fee Schedule to calculate fees.
Following is a list of typical items calculated on new dwellings:
New Foundation (always)
Living Areas for Stories Above Grade (always)
Newly Constructed Finished Basements (based on scope of work)
Unfinished Basements (based on scope of work)
Attached Garages (based on scope of work)
Covered Decks & Porches, Open Sides (based on scope of work)
Open Decks (based on scope of work)
WLSSD Capacity Availability Fee (CAF). For new dwelling units, Construction Services collects a $940 fee which is passed on to WLSSD. Please see the WLSSD Capacity Availability Information Form for more information regarding CAF.
Erosion Control Permit. Please see fees referenced on the Erosion Control Application.
Shoreland Permit (if applicable). $52 fee.
Sub-Permit Fees (Electrical, Plumbing, Gas Piping, HVAC). Please see the following link to find out which sub-permits are based on set fees vs valuation (labor & material of project).
Engineering Fees. Please contact Duluth Engineering Division directly at (218) 730-5200 to discuss utility hook-up, driveway permit, and other possible fees for work in the right-of-way.