The City of St. Joseph contracts with Inspectron Inc. for building inspection services. The building official, Gary Utsch, is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. If you have questions on building codes or receiving a building permit the inspector can be reached at (320) 363-7201. The city requires a 24-hour notice for inspections. You can schedule an appointment by calling (800) 322-6153.
The Building Department is responsible for enforcement and administration of the Minnesota State Building Code. The purpose of the building code is to provide minimum standards to safeguard life and limb, health, property, and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction quality of materials, use and occupancy, location, and maintenance of all structures and equipment specifically covered by the code. It also ensures that buildings will be accessible by people with disabilities. In addition, it reduces energy costs by requiring buildings to meet certain standards for insulation and equipment efficiency.