Building Inspection/Zoning

Building Permits
The City of Wells requires building permits for most construction projects. Many projects also require zoning approval. Please verify with City Hall if your project requires a building permit and/or zoning approval. 

Building permits can be obtained at City Hall.

If you are utilizing a dumpster for your project, a dumpster permit is also required at no cost. Dumpsters may not be placed on public streets or alleys.

You may fax your completed form to 507-553-5126 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Building Official
The City of Wells Building Official's office is located in the lower level of Wells City Hall and can be contacted by phone at 507-553-6371 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

The Building Official works part time and is in the office on Tuesday & Fridays. Please call to verify if he is in before stopping because he is frequently in the field.

Zoning Map
Apply Early!
Apply for a remodeling permit at least 7 days before the start of construction
Apply for a new construction permit at least 14 days before start of construction
The fee for Building Permits
issued after construction

Fee Schedule

Building Permit Application 
Dumpster Permit Application

Zoning/Land Use Permit Application

Garage Guidelines
Porch Guidelines 
Shingling Guidelines
Deck Guidelines 
Emergency Escape Guidelines 
Contractor Waiver

Sample of a Structure Sketch  
Locating Property Lines 


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Online: http://gopherstateonecall.org/submit-dig-info/submit-my-dig-info

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Telephone: (800) 252-1166 or (651) 454-0002