Building Safety

The Building Safety Division is the central resource for building construction, code information, plan review, permit issuance and building construction inspection. The division is provided under contract with Construction Management Services (CMS), of Rochester, MN. If you need to contact them, please call 507/282-8206. Our goal is to protect the lives and safety of St. Charles residents through the implementation of building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical codes.

Residents need to be aware of when a building permit is required. Please check our website for information on the requirements. Listed below are a few examples of when a building permit is needed:

Replacement or addition of:

Central air conditioners; exterior doors; furnaces; garages; gas fireplaces; home additions; re-shingle; re-siding; storage units larger than 10' X 12'; water heaters; windows.