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Building Inspections handles the application and enforcement of the building code and related ordinances regulating construction and alterations with in the city.

Fence Permit

A permit is required to install, replace, repair or move any fence or wall within the city. There is no charge or permit required for garden fences up to 3 feet in height.  Fences greater than 6 feet in height shall also require a conditional use permit

The purpose of a permit is to ensure the placement, height and appearance of fences comply with the requirements set forth in the easement ordinance to ensure access to city easements is maintained.

Apply through ePermits. You will be prompted to submit a Fence Permit Application [PDF] during the process. 

Submittal Requirements

  • Site plan showing the proposed fence location is required. Contact the city for a survey of the property.

A $50 fence permit fee is required once the permit is approved. 

Fence Placement 

For questions related to placement of a fence in relation to easements, right-of-way or public land, contact Public Works at 952-233-9550 or

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Applying for a building permit

Most building projects require permits. To apply for a new permit, please use our ePermits site. Please note:

  • Many projects require a plan review, which can take up to 10 working days.
  • Applications should be submitted well in advance of the scheduled starting date, especially during the summer construction season.
  • Plan review fees are paid at the time of submittal. Remaining permit fees are paid once the permit is approved.
  • Building Permit Submittal Requirements [PDF] for residential and commercial permits

How to use ePermits & ePlans

Step-by-step ePermits plan review:

  1. Go to
  2. Create account.
  3. Select permit applying for.
  4. Pay plan review fee.
  5. You should receive an email from (DONOTREPLY@SHAKOPEEMN.GOV) ePlans with a link to
  6. Create an account with ePlans and log in.
  7. Click on Drawings folder and upload drawings/plans.
  8. Click on Documents folder and upload permit applications or associated documents.
  9. Complete Applicant Upload Task in Project Flow task list.
  10. This will send a notification to permit coordinator that your project has been submitted.
  11. Wait for email notifications regarding your permit:
    • Once approved, you will receive an email with instructions on how to pay for your permit and download approved plans.
    • Once the permit is paid, you will receive an email with your inspection card. 

Questions about ePermits? Contact Permit Coordinator Kelly Buska at or 952-233-9322 or the Building Division at 952-233-9396.


On-site inspections are required to make certain work conforms to the permit, city and state codes and plans. An experienced code official is available to answer questions concerning your project. The code official will let you know approximately how many inspections may be needed for your project.

A Shakopee code official will provide documentation when construction is completed and the code compliance is determined.


  • Call 952-233-9396 24 hours in advance Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.