Building Safety

811 Know Whats Below Call Before You DigThe Otsego Department of Building Safety oversees all building permits issued while adhering to and enforcing the current MN State Building Code. The city currently contracts with Metro West Inspection Services with plan reviews and inspection scheduling taking place here at City Hall. View the MN State Building Code website.

View the E-Permits website. You can now apply and pay for your flat fee permit online (permits such as Siding, Roofing, Windows, Furnace, etc.). Please be sure to check the full permit list on the E-Permits page. These flat fee permits are for existing home permits only. If it is not on the list, you will have to submit to us via email or in person. Not in our database? Call us to be added to our contractor list - it only takes a few minutes.

Flags and Paint in My Yard

It means someone in the area is planning to dig and they've contacted Gopher State One Call (GSOC) to file a "locate request". They in turn notify the facility operators who have underground utilities in the proposed excavation area. These operators dispatch locators to the site who mark the location of utilities with different colored flags and paint that correspond to specific utilities.

It's crucial to preserve and maintain the location of flags and paint. Obscured or displaced markings may lead to accidental damage. If you plan to dig, contact GSOC 48 hours before you begin (excludes weekends and holidays). It's free, it's easy and it's the law!

View the Effective Dates of MN State Building Codes (PDF).

Color Code

  • White:
    • Proposed Excavation
  • Pink:
    • Temporary Survey Markings
  • Red:
    • Electric Power Lines, Cables,
    • Conduit and Lighting Cables
  • Yellow:
    • Gas, Oil, Steam, Petroleum or
    • Gaseous Materials
  • Orange:
    • Communication, Alarm or Signal
    • Lines, Cables or Conduit
  • Blue:
    • Potable Water
  • Purple:
    • Reclaimed Water, Irrigation and
    • Slurry Lines
  • Green:
    • Sewer and Drain Lines