Permits & Applications
When is a permit required?
Most building and construction permits are obtained through the Building Inspections Department of the City of Roseville. However, the Engineering Department oversees 3 areas of permitting.
A permit is required if any of the following apply to your proposed project. Some of these characteristics are not readily apparent or identifiable by applicants, so feel free to submit your plans to the City for a determination as to whether or not a permit is required. Additionally, the City is willing to hold pre-application meetings with applicants to discuss their project, preliminary plans, and City rules and policies.
Erosion Control, Grading and Stormwater Permits
Construction activity resulting in 5,000 square feet or more of land disturbance and/or within the shoreland overlay district requires an Erosion Control and Grading permit.
A Stormwater permit is required if any of the following occur:
- Construction activity resulting in 5,000 square feet or more of new or reconstructed impervious surface area.
- Surface soil disturbance or removal of vegetative cover on:
- One half acre or more of land, regardless of location
- Any land alteration within the wetland/shoreland management district
- Constructing, improving, repairing or altering the hydraulic characteristics of a utility, bridge or culvert.
- Constructing, improving, repairing or altering an existing or new public or private drainage system (open or tiled).
Any work performed in the City of Roseville within the street Right-of-Way requires a permit. Right-of-Way is the property on which the street is located and that extends behind the curb approximately 10 to 15 feet.
Residential Stormwater Permits
This permit applies to owners of developed home lots with single-family use and/or zoning who propose projects creating new impervious surfaces. Impervious surfaces include, but are not limited to, home additions, accessory building installations, new patios or patio expansions, new walks or walkway additions, driveway expansions, and other hard surfaces that otherwise impede infiltration of stormwater runoff. To apply under this policy a project must:
- Increase the overall impervious area of the lot to greater than 25% of the overall lot area if the lot is within a Shoreland or Wetland Management District,
- Increase the overall impervious area of the lot to greater than 30% of the overall lot area for all other lots.
Encroachment Agreement Application
On occasion, property owners desire to construct private improvements (fences, retaining walls, driveways, sheds etc.) that encroach onto City easements or right- of- way. To protect the City’s interest in these easements, we have permitted the encroachment only after the execution of an Encroachment Agreement. This agreement is drafted by the City Attorney, approved by City Council and filed against the property at Ramsey County. Processing time is approximately 30 days.
Easement or Right of Way Vacation Application
On occasion, property owners would like the City to vacate an existing public right-of-way (ROW) adjacent to their property or vacate an existing easement on their property. In order to vacate an easement or ROW, property owners must first complete a petition and an application form and submit the applicable fees. The City will review the application and set a public hearing to consider the vacation. The vacation is reviewed by the City Attorney and approved/denied by City Council after a public hearing is held. If the vacation is approved, it will be filed with the properties impacted at Ramsey County. Processing time is approximately 30 -60 days.
Noise Variance Application
A noise variance application is required for proposed work in the City Right-of-Way that is conducted outside of normal working hours as defined in the City Code 405.