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Rum River Consultants proudly serves the residents and business owners of the City of Nowthen as their Designated Building Official. Rum River is committed to a quality, customer service oriented approach to building official and inspection services.


Administrative and inspection staff are available six days per week to assist owners and contractors with questions and site inspections.  Contact us today with all of your building inspection needs.  We look forward to working with you!


For any Nowthen Building Permits applied for before March 1, 2024, please contact Rum River at #763.331.7722 to check the status or schedule inspections. You can also email requests to Be sure to include the complete property address and inspection needed. Staff will reach back out to you to confirm.  All permits applied for after March 1st will go into Baseline.

Permit Applications

Online Permitting

Rum River Consultants is pleased to announce the introduction of online permitting services for the City of Nowthen through our platform, Baseline.

To access our user-friendly site, simply click the Baseline button below.  Once selected, you will be brought to the permitting website where you can choose the option to "Apply for a Permit".  A prompt will occur for you to create an account or sign in to the platform.

Once you have established a user account, conveniently track and manage all of your permits by selecting the "View Permits" option.  *Please note, this will be for permits applied for and issued after March 1, 2024.  Thank you!

Experience the efficiency of our streamlined web-based permitting system today!

If you have questions, need assistance with the platform, or want to provide constructive feedback (both positive and/or challenges experienced), we welcome your input. We want this process to be easy for our customers, therefore, we take your responses very seriously.  Provide feedback via the email button below.  Thank you!

Permit Application Information

Please utilize our online permitting platform at Baseline, however, if you prefer to submit a PDF version with accompanying supplemental information instead, please follow the instructions below.  Thank you!


Permit applications and all submittals are to be provided in PDF format and sent by email to

  1. Download the application form.
  2. Enter all information in the fillable form, including the signature.
  3. Save the application to your computer.
  4. Click on at the top of the application.
  5. Fill in Subject Line of email.
  6. Attach your application and any supplemental information.
  7. Send to RRC for issuance or review.  Thank you!

Set Fee Permit Applications

The following permit applications have a set fee and will be processed when received, typically within one business day.  This applies to residential permits only. 

(Commercial permits require plan review.)

Plan Review Permit Applications

The following permit application requires plan review, in addition to the above permits if commercial in nature.  Please submit all documentation required when applying for the permit to minimize review time.

Archived Permit Information

To request copies of archived building permit and septic system records, please contact

Archived Nowthen

Electrical Permit Information

For electrical permit information, please contact Levi Stoy with the MN Dept of Labor and Industry at 763-607-2583 from 7:00 - 8:30 am Monday through Friday.

Electrical Permits - Homeowners
Electrical Permits - Contractors

Image by Frances Gunn


​Payments for building permits can be made in person at City Hall by

cash, check or credit card.

There is a 3% surcharge which applies to credit card payments.

Nowthen City Hall

8188 199th Ave NW

Office Hours: 10 AM - 5:00 PM

(Monday - Friday)

Phone: (763) 441-1347, Ext 300

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