If you would like to do a mechanical project in the City of Grand Forks or it's two mile jurisdiction, below are some things you need to know.
The City of Grand Forks Inspections Department is responsible for reviewing, inspecting, and approving all mechanical work in the City's jurisdiction: every property in the city limits and our two mile extra territorial area. (See our GIS Map for this boundary). If you are looking for a property outside of those boundaries please go to the Grand Forks County website. .
If you are a mechanical contractor and wish to do work in the City's jurisdiction please make sure you are licensed to do work in the City and obtain the proper permits before starting work. See the Contractor Licenses page for details.
If this is your own home and you wish to do work there, you may do so. This must be the home you presently preside in and no part of it is a rental. Please call the Inspections Department and we can walk you through the process.
Mechanical permits are not needed for every project.For example, if you are simply replacing a bathroom fan with a new fan in the same location and utilizing the same venting, you do not need a permit.
Ground Work: Before the work in the ground is covered by dirt, sand, etc. and the concrete is poured, a ground work inspection is required. All the piping shall be complete and it needs to be ready for covering when the inspection is requested. The inspector will either give you approval to cover it up or notify you of any corrections to be made. The inspector will need to be called to reinspect the corrections before the work is covered up. This will include underground duct systems, hydronic piping under or embedded in concrete, and underground gas lines.
Rough-In: After all duct systems are installed and sealed, bath fan venting is complete, dryer vents complete, gas or wood fireplace set vented and gas piped, range vents piped and sealed, a rough-in inspection is required. This is before any insulation or wall coverings are installed. The inspector will either give you approval to cover it up or notify you of any corrections to be made. The inspector will need to be called to reinspect the corrections before the work is covered up.
Final: After all the registers are set, the gas lines are connected and the furnace/gas water heater/fireplace is turned on (if applicable) a final inspection is required to be obtained. The inspector will either give you a final approval or notify you of any corrections to be made. The inspector will need to be called to reinspect the corrections once completed.
- Mechanical and Fuel Gas Code (19-05)
- International Mechanical Code amendments (19-0515)
- International Fuel Gas Code amendments (19-0517)
- Note: The City follows the 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC) and International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC).
To learn how to become a licensed mechanical contractor within the City of Grand Forks and obtain an application, view this page and click the "Mechanical Contractor" button.
Below is a listing of fees assessed on mechanical permits. The Building Inspections Department accepts cash or check. There is an additional minimal fee to process credit card payments. For questions regarding mechanical permits, please contact the Building Inspections Department.
|Permit Issuance Fee $30.00|
|Furnace Up to 100 Mbh||$17.00|
|Furnace Over 100 Mbh||$21.00|
|Rooftop HVAC unit||$21.00|
|Air Conditioning Unit||$12.00|
|Compressor/Boiler Up to 3 Hp/100 Mbh||$17.00|
|Compressor/Boiler Over 3 to 15 Hp/Over 100 to 500 Mbh||$30.00|
|Compressor/Boiler Over 15 to 30 Hp/Over 500 to 1,000 Mbh||$41.00|
|Compressor/Boiler Over 30 to 50 Hp/Over 1,000 to 1,750 Mbh||$61.00|
|Compressor/Boiler Over 50 Hp/Over 1,750 Mbh||$100.00|
|Air Handling Unit Up to 10,000 Cfm||$12.00|
|Air Handing Unit Over 10,000 Cfm||$21.00|
|Exhaust Fan, Kitchen/Bath/Dryers||$12.00|
|Factory Built Fireplace||$12.00|
|Gas Water Heater||$12.00|
|Gas Range or Oven||$12.00|
|Gas Grill or Fryer||$12.00|
|Gas piping Outlets, System of 1 to 4 Outlets||$8.00|
|Gas piping Outlets, Each Additional Outlet over 4||$1.50|
|Air to Air Heat Exchanger||$12.00|
|Mobile Home Connection||$17.00|
|VAV/Similar Type Box||$12.00|