The Minnesota State Building Code has applied to all of Goodhue County since 1979. The Goodhue County Building Official and staff administer the building code in all 21 unincorporated townships and by joint-powers agreements in some of the municipalities.
The Association of Minnesota Building Officials recognized the Goodhue County Building Department as the Municipality of the Year for 2013.
The building code applies to the construction, alteration, moving, demolition, repair, and use of any building, structure, or building service equipment. The purpose of the building code is to provide minimum standards to safeguard life and limb, health, property, and public welfare. The minimum code standards are achieved by regulating and controlling the following:
Maintenance of structures and equipment
Quality of materials
Use and occupancy
Building Official's Duties
The building official must maintain certification through the state and has duties, powers, and responsibilities established by state statute. The building official is tasked with the following jobs: