Building

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. A minimum of a 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 minimum of a 24 hour advance notice is required for all inspections and must be made through City staff (no voice mail is available on the inspections phone line).  You can call the inspection line phone number at 651-464-4349 to ask the building inspections division a question about your project.  You can also email at: flinspections@ci.forest-lake.mn.us.

    Please note:  If you have zoning questions regarding setbacks, signage, or the size of build for your property, please contact the Zoning Department at 651-209-9734.  You can also email at: zoning@ci.forest-lake.mn.us.


  2. Nick Vannelli

    Fire Technician
    Phone: 651-209-9737

    Nick 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.  Nick can be reached at 651-209-9737 or you can email him at:  nick.vannelli@ci.forest-lake.mn.us

    A minimum of a 24 hour advance notice is required for all inspections and must be made through City staff (no voice mail is available on the inspections phone line).  You can call the inspection line phone number at 651-464-4349 to ask the building inspections division a question about your project.  You can also email at: flinspections@ci.forest-lake.mn.us.

    Please note:  If you have zoning questions regarding setbacks, signage, or the size of build for your property, please contact the Zoning Department at 651-209-9734.  You can also email at: zoning@ci.forest-lake.mn.us.


  3. Nate Moats

    Building Inspector I
    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.  Nate can be reached at 651-29-9726 or you can email him at:  nate.moats@ci.forest-lake.mn.us.

    A minimum of a 24 hour advance notice is required for all inspections and must be made through City staff (no voice mail is available on the inspections phone line).  You can call the inspection line phone number at 651-464-4349 to ask the building inspections division a question about your project.  You can also email at: flinspections@ci.forest-lake.mn.us.

    Please note:  If you have zoning questions regarding setbacks, signage, or the size of build for your property, please contact the Zoning Department at 651-209-9734.  You can also email at: zoning@ci.forest-lake.mn.us.


  4. Bob Proulx

    Building Inspector I
    Phone: 651-209-9917

    Bob is a combination building inspector.  He can be contacted for inspection or code questions regarding residential and commercial buildings.  Bob can be reached at 651-209-9917 or by email at:  bob.proulx@ci.forest-lake.mn.us

    A minimum of a 24 hour advance notice is required for all inspections and must be made through City staff (no voice mail is available on the inspections phone line).  You can call the inspection line phone number at 651-464-4349 to ask the building inspections division a question about your project.  You can also email at: flinspections@ci.forest-lake.mn.us.

    Please note:  If you have zoning questions regarding setbacks, signage, or the size of build for your property, please contact the Zoning Department at 651-209-9734.  You can also email at: zoning@ci.forest-lake.mn.us.