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Building Permits

Building permits are required for many building projects in the city. Fees vary based on the type and value of the project. A building permit application may be filled out online and submitted to the city in person, by email, or by fax.

Make sure you have all of the information you need for your permits. Checklists are available below under each permit type. If you have questions, please contact the city at 952.960.7900.

Fixed fee permits:

Several items have a fixed permit fee of $75 plus a state surcharge of $1 for a total permit fee of $76:

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Roofing
  • Siding

Fees must be paid in the form of a check payable to City of Shorewood or cash and the permit will not be issued until the fee is received by the city. A permit card to be posted at the job-site will be mailed to you or may be picked up in person at city hall.

Variable fee permits:

Several construction projects have a permit fee that is based on the total value of the project:

  • New construction
  • Additions
  • Remodel
  • Garage
  • Other construction
  • Basement
  • Porch
  • Deck
  • Demolition
home construction

Once the application is completed and the proper plans are reviewed by the planning department, the applicant is notified of the fee. Once the fee is received a permit card to be posted at the job-site will be mailed to you or may be picked up in person at city hall.

Zoning permit:

A zoning permit is required for some projects and requires a fixed permit fee of $20. The $20 will be due upon completion of permit review by the planning department and must be paid in person or by mail to city hall. The following items require a zoning permit:

  • Accessory Building
  • Fence or wall
  • portable storage unit
  • Temporary sign
  • Driveway
  • Irrigation system
  • Sport/tennis court
  • Tent or canopy





All building projects require an inspection. The city handles all construction, plumbing and mechanical inspections. Please call the city at 952.960.7900 at least 24-hours in advance to schedule an inspection.

Electrical inspections are handled through State Board of Electricity, 612.642.0800. Electrical permit forms can be obtained at city hall or online.


Questions regarding planning issues should be directed to the planning department: