Building Permit Applications

In general, a permit is required for most construction projects where something is being built, repaired, replaced or remodeled. You do not need a permit for projects where only painting, wallpapering, and/or carpeting are being done.

For siding, re-roofing, door/window repair, furnace & A/C, water heater/softener, fireplace, please see our over-the-counter permit application tab below. Separate permit applications are required for these rehab projects.

General Building applications may take up to 10 - 15 business days to process. Do not pay until application has been approved.


  1. Over-the-Counter
  2. Residential
  3. Commercial
Below is a list of all residential over-the-counter permits for the City of Big Lake. Please contact Trisha Lindahl at 763-251-2971 if you have any questions or need assistance applying for a permit.