General Building Application - Residential Projects

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.

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

You may submit an application(s) using one of the following options:

  • Email to Building Permit Technician
  • Mail to Big Lake City Hall 160 Lake St N, Big Lake, MN 55309, Attn: Building Permit Technician
  • Over-the-counter at City Hall 


  • Addition/Porch
  • Basement Finish
  • Deck
  • Demolition
  • Excavation/Filling
  • Garage
  • Mechanical New or Remodel (HVAC)
  • New Construction
  • Plumbing New or Remodel
  • Remodel
  • Shed (over 200 square feet)