Building Inspections

COVID-19 InformationImage 3City of Owatonna Building Inspection Department 

Please see below link for informational sheets to help you calculate the traditional proper occupant loads as well as occupant loads in compliance with the governor’s recent executive order.  This information is intended to provide an estimate of the permitted occupant capacity for certain businesses.

 Covid-19 Information & Resources

For the health and safety of the public and the employees of the City of Owatonna, effective immediately and until further notice the City of Owatonna Inspection Office is closed.  Inspection Department staff from the City will be working normal hours and available via phone and email.

The following is information on how to obtain services during the public closure of the Inspection Department. 

During business hours we will either be answering telephones or returning calls on a daily basis. We can process most applications electronically if you have a scanning and sending capability. We can also accomplish this by mailing methods. All common applications are available on the website.  

Staff can be contacted during this closure by calling 507-444-4370

Please submit permit applications and inquiries to

Please call to make arrangements to drop off larger sets of plans and to schedule inspections.

Individual contact information is as follows;

Ken Beck, Building Official and Department Supervisor General questions on any departmental

Mark Schwanke, Plans Examiner/Building Inspector for Commercial and residential building

Larry Houn, Building Inspector. Residential building

Jennifer Nelson, Permit Technician. All general information and contact referrals.

Thank You for your patience and understanding as we all work through this together.

Thank you for visiting the building inspection divisions web page, please check back often as information may change or be added. Inspections can be scheduled by calling 507-444-4370 at least 1 day in advance. Checklists are provided for submittal documents. Please call 507-444-4370 with any questions.