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Paynesville Press - April 9, 2003

City requires permits for all construction

The city of Paynesville requires building permits for nearly all construction. This includes new homes, remodeling, garages, additions, decks, sheds, shingling, siding, replacing windows and doors, and for other miscellaneous projects.

In addition, a building permit is required for any building being moved into or out of the city and for any building being demolished.

Applications for building permits can be obtained at city hall during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays). Most permit applications can be processed in seven to ten days.

Applications require two drawings of the project and a diagram with setbacks to the property lines. Contact city hall for information about the setback requirements.

Permits must be picked up and paid for before a project is started.

All building contractors doing work within the city limits are required to show annual proof of certification before any permit will be issued. A faxed or photocopy of the contractor's license is acceptable.

If you are unsure if you need a permit or have questions, contact city hall at 320-243-3714. The city's building inspector is Butch Schulte of Mid-Minnesota Development Commission. He can be reached at 1-800-450-8608.

Residents are also reminded to call Gopher State at 1-800-252-1166 before doing any digging.

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