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8:00 – 8:30 am CST
Morning Session
8:30 – 11:10 am CST 
11:10 – 11:40 am CST
Afternoon Session
11:40 am – 4:50 pm CST


Presented by
Greg Karow C.B.O.

Navigating the Permit Process
Requirements of the Municipality and the Building Official
Receiving of the building permit application
Criteria for accepting or rejecting the permit
Municipal policies
Responsibility for code compliance

Required Permits
Work exempt from permits

Building Permit Application
Accurately and completely filling out the application
Permit expiration

Plan Submittal Criteria and Plan Review
Minimum information on construction documents
Approval process


Remodeling under the Minnesota Residential Code
Solutions to Issues
When the code doesn’t specifically address the issue
Process and propose alternate methods to the building official

Addition Full Basement – Attached
Non-frost protected structure

Attic Renovation
Landings, stairway and headroom

Safety Glazing
Bath fixture change puts existing window in a hazardous location

Basement Conversion
Stairway issues

Refurbish Old House
Structural concerns
Energy compliance application

Reroofing, Ventilation, Foundation Insulation Deck Joist
and Treated Lumber
Used flashings on reroofs
Foundation insulation options
Existing deck and treated lumber

Treated Lumber and Sills and Plates Conversion Single Family Dwelling
to Two Family Dwelling and Basement Room Conversion to Office
Treated lumber where required
Fire resistive details for two family dwellings
Egress window requirements.


Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

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Professional Engineers
7.5 PDHs

7.5 HSW CE Hours

AIA    (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
7.5 LU| Elective

International Code Council
.75 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 7.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.5 non-HSW continuing education hours to architects in Minnesota. The Minnesota Board does not pre-approve courses and activities, however to the best of our knowledge this course/activity meets the continuing education requirements outlined in MN Statute 326.107. Final discretion is up to the Board.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved HalfMoon Education as a sponsor of continuing education (Sponsor No. J885). This course has been approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 7.5 LU| Elective (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation can be reported to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this activity for .75 CEUs in the specialty area of Building.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Greg Karow C.B.O.

Mr. Karow is the CEO of Code Educational Opportunities providing education based on current building codes. He also provides service as a building code specialist for design professionals and stakeholders in the industry. Mr. Karow has an extensive background in developing and presenting various types of building code and related seminars. Previous career paths included staff instructor with the International Code Council and with the State of Minnesota Codes and Standards Division. He has instructed in a Building Inspection Technology program at a local community college. Mr. Karow is a certified building official in Minnesota and holds ICC certifications as a Certified Building Official, ICC Plans Examiner, ICC Building Inspector and ICC Building Code Specialist.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Navigating the Permit Process and Remodeling under the Minnesota Residential Code

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines what design professionals need to know when working on residential remodeling projects in Minnesota. Topics include identifying municipal requirements, the permitting process, plan submittal and review, and solutions to specific issues such as basement additions and conversions, attic renovations, structural concerns in old houses, energy efficiency, and more.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify the requirements of the municipality and building official when they are in receipt of a building permit application, and describe the criteria for accepting or rejecting the permit.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify which permits are required, what types of work are exempt from permits, and explain how to accurately and completely fill out the application.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explore solutions to issues under the Minnesota IRC, including what to do when the code doesn’t specifically address an issue, and how to propose alternative methods to building officials.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to examine Minnesota code requirements for basement additions and conversions, attic renovations, safety glazing, reroofing, foundation insulation, and converting from single-family to two-family dwelling.

LUs: 7.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Some experience with residential design and construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: None

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.