The Building Inspections Division of the Fire Department is responsible for the application and enforcement of the building code and related ordinances, regulating commercial and residential construction, alterations, and the use of buildings within the city. To schedule an inspection call 651-464-4349. 24-hour advance notice is required for all inspections. Email in applications or photos.
  1. Homeowners
  2. Contractors
Any residential project that involves building a new structure, making an addition to a current structure, or remodeling or repairing a structure requires a permit. From the big projects such as building a new house or deck, to things like fixtures, finishes, and replacements to the exterior, all of the applications you need can be found here.
  1. Forest Lake Inspections

    Phone: 651-464-4349
    A 24 hour advance notice is required for all inspections and all inspections must be made through City staff (no voice mail is available on the inspections phone line).  You can also call the inspection line phone number to ask the building inspections division a question about your project.  If you have a question regarding setbacks, signage, how big of building can I build on my property, please contact our Zoning Administrator Donovan Hart at 651-209-9734 or by email:

  2. Aaron Reid

    Fire Technician
    Phone: 651-209-9751
    Aaron administers the intake of building permit applications and schedules inspections.  He is the primary source of information on the building permit application review process and status of pending permit applications.

  3. Nate Moats

    Building Inspector
    Phone: 651-209-9726
    Nate is a combination building inspector and plan reviewer.  He can be contacted for inspection or code questions regarding residential and commercial buildings.  He is also a source for information on the building permit application review process.