Inspection Department

The City of Albert Lea Fire and Inspection Department administers and enforces the Minnesota State Building Code and the City of Albert Lea Zoning Ordinance.

The purpose of the building codes are to provide minimum standards to safeguard life or limb, health, property, and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy, location and maintenance of all buildings, structures and certain equipment within this jurisdiction.


City building inspectors enforce the Minnesota State building code and it’s amendments and the City of Albert Lea Zoning Ordinances. Types of inspections for new construction:

  • Footing
  • Foundation
  • Framing
  • Wallboard
  • Insulation & Vapor Barrier
  • Final
  • Underground Plumbing
  • Above Ground Plumbing
  • Mechanical & Air Tests

Other inspections include:

  • New Furnace
  • New A/C
  • New Water Heater
  • Windows
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Zoning Violations

City building inspectors also issue building permits, review plans, answer questions and assist with public and contractor education.

Minimum Housing Department


Minimum Housing Inspectors investigate, inspect and enforce the City of Albert Lea minimum standards ordinance for dwelling structures.

Inspectors also:

  • Inspect dwelling units such as rooming houses, apartments, mobile homes, temporary shelters and other types of structures used for human shelter.
  • Render technical advice and assistance to owners and tenants by recommending construction methods by which minimum housing standards may be achieved.
  • Recommend demolition of structures considered unsafe and beyond repair.
  • Investigate garbage, junk, and long grass complaints.

Minnesota state law (Chapter 156 of the Session Laws of 2005) requires that "a city or county with a population of more than 15,000 must annually notify its residents of the positions and base salaries of its three highest-paid employees." For the City of Albert Lea, titles and salaries as of Jan. 1, 2019, are: City Manager, $138,375.12; Director of Public Works/City Engineer $110,780.80; and Director of Public Safety $103,646.40. Date of publication: January 23, 2019.