Building Division

The Cottage Grove building division is the administrative authority delegated to administer the State Building Code. Building division staff address many facets of permit processing for all new and existing properties including plan review, permit issuance, inspections, and project approvals. The building division also addresses property maintenance concerns, rental licensing, and maintenance of all city-owned facilities.

The purpose of this division is to assure all construction projects and properties are designed, constructed, and maintained in a compliant and safe manner. We firmly believe that sound construction practices, knowledgeable staff, and quality property maintenance provide for enhanced property values and continued development of healthy, safe neighborhoods and community.


The City of Cottage Grove has adopted the 2020 Minnesota State Building Code, which incorporates the 2018 International Residential, Building, and Fire Codes. Further information on construction codes and contractors can be accessed from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.


Cottage Grove building division staff provide project plan review, inspection, and/or permit processing service to the City of Cottage Grove. We no longer contract with the Cities of Newport, St. Paul Park, or Grey Cloud Island and Denmark Townships.

Building Permit Applications (Newport, St. Paul Park, Grey Cloud Island Township, Denmark Township)

Building permit applications and plans for Newport, St. Paul Park, Grey Cloud Island Township, and Denmark Township should be submitted directly to those cities at: