Engineering

Permits

Note that permits can only be applied and issued online while the engineering office is closed.  If you need public works emergency response, please contact our 24-hour emergency numbers for natural gas (730-4100) or streets/water/sewer (730-4000).

Contact Engineering at (218) 730-5200 for more information.

Construction of a driveway opening within the public right-of-way requires an approved application and a miscellaneous permit secured by a bonded and insured contractor.

A surety bond in the sum of $10,000 and a general comprehensive liability insurance policy is required before a miscellaneous permit can be issued. Permits may be issued on the day of application if all requirements are met.

Driveway entrance specifications and regulations must be followed.

Fee: $106.00 (includes $52.00 base fee plus $54.00 inspection fee)

Greater than 3,000 s.f. and less than 10,000 s.f.: $175

Greater than 10,000 s.f. and less than 1 acre: $350

Equal to or greater than 1 acre: see MPCA NPDES Permit Website

Contact Tom Johnson at (218) 730-5103 or tajohnson@duluthmn.gov for more information

Apply Online

If you are a new applicant and need to be set up with a contractor login or have questions about the online application process, please contact Jeanne Horn at jhorn@duluthmn.gov or (218) 730-5200. 

Excavation within the public right-of-way for sanitary/storm sewer connections or repairs, steam line repair, gas/water connections, repairs, or leaks requires an excavation permit secured by a bonded and insured contractor.

A surety bond in the sum of $10,000 and a general comprehensive liability insurance policy is required before a permit can be issued. Permits may be issued on the day of the request if all requirements are met.

Permits are issued for a two-week period; however, the contractor is responsible for the maintenance of the trench caused by the excavation.

Fee: $106.00 (includes $52.00 base fee plus $54.00 inspection fee).

Contact Construction Services and Inspection Division at (218) 730-5300 for more information and to request the moving permit form.

If a mover is not state licensed, a Transportation/Oversized Load Permit is required and the mover may only move a structure less than 16'x20'.

If a mover is state licensed, a Transportation/Oversized Load Permit is not required.  Only state licensed movers are allowed to move structures 16'x20' or larger.

  • Mobile home moving note: only state licensed movers may move a new unit.  Those without a state license may only move used units.
  • Minnesota state highways: To move a structure using state highways, contact MnDOT for the proper state forms.
  • County roads/highways in St. Louis County: To move a structure using St. Louis County roads/highways, contact St. Louis County for the proper county forms.

Apply Online

Online Obstruction Permit Instructions

If you are a new applicant and need to be set up with a contractor login or have questions about the online application process, please contact Jeanne Horn at jhorn@duluthmn.gov or (218) 730-5200. 

Occupying any portion of the public right-of-way may require a miscellaneous permit. Many activities such as sidewalk repairs, roll-off boxes, driveway aprons (curb cuts), scaffolding for building repair and maintenance, blocking any portion of the right-of-way with construction vehicles, materials or any other activity that results in the obstruction of a portion or all of a street, alley, or sidewalk may necessitate a miscellaneous permit.

A surety bond in the sum of $10,000 and a general comprehensive liability insurance policy is required before a miscellaneous permit can be issued.  Permits may be issued on the day of application if all requirements are met.

Minimum fee: $45.00 (additional charges will apply if parking spaces and/or meters will be occupied).

To obtain an obstruction permit for an event, please see the Special Event License under the City Clerk's Office.

Find more information out from the parking division

Note: Sand may not be removed from Park Point.  Sand may only be moved from one parcel to another on Park Point on approval of the Park Point Sand Transfer Permit.

Contact Engineering at (218) 730-5200 for more information.

Apply Online

Contact Engineering at (218) 730-5200 for more information.

For soil borings located within City street right-of-way, upon completion of the soil boring log, applicant shall convey a copy of the log, at no cost to the City, to Bill Bergstrom at bbergstrom@duluthmn.gov.

Fee: $106.00 (includes $52.00 base fee plus $54.00 inspection fee)

The Transportation Permit for Oversize/Overweight allows for truck/trailer/load combinations that exceed the maximum dimensions and weight specified in state law to operate on City roads.

Please note that the seasonal permit only applies to those local contractors that move their own construction machinery and equipment for their own use.

A Transportation Permit for Oversize/Overweight is required when:

  • An overall loaded width exceeds 8 ft, 6 in
  • An overall loaded height exceeds 13 ft, 6 in
  • An overall loaded length exceeds 75 ft, 0 in on combination vehicles
  • An overall loaded length exceeds 45 ft, 0 in on single vehicles
  • When the overall Gross Vehicle Weight exceeds 80,000 lbs

Obtaining a Permit:

If you are a new applicant and need to be set up with a contractor login or have questions about the online application process, please contact Jeanne Horn at jhorn@duluthmn.gov or 218-730-5067. If you are a permitting company applying on behalf of a trucking company, you should enter your company as the “applicant” and the trucking company as the “contractor.”

The typical time for permit approval is within two business days. Please allow up to one week for Aerial Lift Bridge review and approval. If you need a permit to cross the Aerial Lift Bridge sooner than one week, there is an option for a 48-Hour Rush Review. Please be aware that this rush review has a considerably higher fee as noted in the fee section below. 

City single trip permits are valid for seven consecutive days, and will not be issued more than seven days before the permit start date.

A City permit is not valid on township, county or state roads and highways. Please make sure you have all required permits to cover your route.

Please review the State Aid System Map and Road Closure Map when selecting your route. You are responsible for making sure your vehicle can maneuver sharp turns and meet bridge clearances along route, if applicable.

Escorts are required for loads that cross the centerline, another driving lane in the same direction, or are wider than 14 ft 6 in.

If you have technical questions, please contact Taryn Erickson at tjerickson@duluthmn.gov or 218-730-5087

Fees: 

  • Single Movement: $60.00
  • Seasonal: (Local Construction Equipment Only): $115.00
  • Aerial Lift Bridge: $350.00 minimum, plus $150 per hour for any review greater than 2 hours. $1,000 Rush, plus $150 per hour for any review greater than 2 hours.

Payment Options: Credit Card

Travel Hours

Holiday Travel Restrictions:

No OSOW travel is allowed statewide from 2:00 p.m. the day before the holiday to 2:00 a.m. the day after the holiday, when exceeding 9’0” wide and/or 110’0” long.

Summer Travel Restrictions: (weekend after Memorial Day thru weekend before Labor Day)

No OSOW travel is allowed from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays, when exceeding 9’0” wide and/or 110’0” long.