Construction Services & Inspections

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Beginning 6/4/2024, the City of Duluth will delegate authority for residential and commercial electrical permitting and inspections to the State of Minnesota. All new electrical permits should be submitted through the Department of Labor and Industry website. Applicants who have electrical permits still requiring inspections must apply for a new electrical permit through the State of Minnesota. If you would like to request a refund for an incomplete City of Duluth electrical permit, please complete the refund request form.

The City of Duluth is implementing a new permitting system to replace eTRAKIT.  More information can be found here:

Welcome to the Construction Services & Inspections’ web pages. We are here to help you build safe, durable, energy efficient buildings and spaces and vibrant neighborhoods. Whether big or small, we know your project is important to you and we are ready to provide as much assistance as needed. Our team of experienced code professionals are committed to listening and working with you to move your project forward, together.

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If you need help finding what you are looking for here on our web pages, or if you’d just rather talk than click, feel free to call or stop in to the office on the first floor of City Hall.

Items of Note:

Energy Code: The Minnesota State Energy Code will be changing at the beginning of the year and will be effective starting January 5th 2024. Applicants may use the 2016 Energy Code for permits applied before June 1st, 2024. The new energy code is based on 2019 ASHRAE 90.1 The entire adopted Minnesota Rules, Chapter 1323, that will be effective on Jan. 5, 2024 can be found here.

Lead: For more information regarding lead water levels in your home, please reach out to the Engineering Division directly at or 218-730-5101. You can also visit Public Works & Utilities Lead Water Education Web Page for more information here.