As a buyers agent, and sometimes a sellers representative, I find myself doing detective work on a homes permit history. This becomes particularly interesting on foreclosed properties where the lender is not going to divulge any history of the home. A recent conversation with the Minnesota Chief Electrical Inspector, John Williamson, Mn. Dept. of Labor and Industry, yielded some links that could be a great source for any persons trying to do their diligence on a property, so I thought I would share!
Most building permits are monitored by the City of County where the work will be done. You will find septic, roofs, furnace permits in those offices. In Minnesota, the electric permitting process is a statewide program with inspectors for specific counties or areas. Unlike some other states, Minnesota inspectors do inspect in the outstate and rural areas.
Here are some more tools that you might find useful. Please feel free to share these tips with others.
· DLI licenses thousands of individuals and contractors – there is an online License Lookup for that
· Anyone can search for ELE electrical permits online – you do not need to register or create an account
· There is a Local Inspector Lookup tool for finding the local building, plumbing, electrical inspectors, etc.
· And we have a separate page with directories just for our contract electrical inspectors and regional electrical representatives.