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Driveway & Building Permits & Zoning

Building Permits within the Township of Chisago Lake

Chisago Lake Township contracts with Chisago County Department of Environmental Services and Zoning Office for building permitting, plan review and inspections   651-213-8370


Building permits are required for all new construction and most remodeling, alteration, and repair work in the Township of Chisago Lake.  Some permits such as reroof or reside only require filling out the application* and paying the fee.  Most other building projects (deck, addition, accessory structure, remodel) require two sets of plans to be submitted for a plan review, and a survey showing all proposed setbacks.  All permits are to be applied for at the Environmental Services Department in the Government Center in Center City.  Staff will determine the construction value and permit fee at the time of application, and the permit will be paid for at that time.  After the permit is processed and issued the permit will be mailed to the owner or contractor (whichever is designated at the time of application).  All check should be made payable to the Chisago County Treasurer. 


*The building permit applications are NOT AVAILABLE on the website - please contact the County office at 651-213-8372 for mailing of permits. 

Inspections - Please call the Environmental Service Department at 651-213-8370 to schedule an inspection.  Information needed includes the site address, permit number and type of inspection.  Typically., 24 hours is considered adequate notice.

A Certificate of Occupancy is issued for new home construction upon request and complete of all final building, plumbing and mechanical inspections.  All life safety issues must be completed as well, for specific questions regarding these items please call the County building inspector.

Driveway permits for access from a Township road should be obtained from the Environmental Services office:  Chisago County Public Works in Center City issues driveway permits for accesses on County Roads. 

The County does not issue electrical permits or inspect or regulate electrical work.  The Minnesota State Board of Electricity should be contacted at 651-284-5064 if you are doing your own wiring.  The State Electrical Inspector is Mark Thoma and he may be contact for electrical inspections at 320-309-9483.

Reminder: Driveway permits are required prior to any earthwork. These are obtained from the County's Zoning office and help ensure the roadbeds are kept safe and ditches well drained.


Chisago Lake Township Ordinances are the same as the County Ordinances.  Please go to the following website to obtain any Ordinances on Small Animals, parking, etc.

 Chisago Lake Township        Road Standards
Dog Ordinance
Gopher Bounty

Chisago Lake Township offers the following Gopher Bounty:  Pocket Gophers $2.00/pair and Strip Gophers $1.00/pair.    To Claim your Gopher Bounty you must complete the Gopher Bounty Form and submit it with the Gopher feet to the Clerk.

 Chisago Lake Township     Platting Procedure Guide
  Developers Agreement

If a Resident of Chisago Lake Township is Subdividing property there is a PLATTING PROCEDURE GUIDE and a DEVELOPERS AGREEMENT  that must be followed.  A Deposit and Disbursement Agreement will need to be signed if moving forward with a Preliminary Plat. 

Noise Ordinance
Burning Permit
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