Building official certification types
Certified building official
A person with this certification may serve as the designated building official for any municipality. The certification is considered a master license.
Certified building official-limited
An individual with this certification may perform code administration for one- and two-family dwellings, their accessory structures, and "exempt classes of buildings" as provided in Minnesota Rules, part 1800.5000, of the Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design, and "facilities for persons with physical disabilities" that are governed by the State Building Code. Subject to the limitations of the building official-limited certification, an individual with this certification may serve as the designated building official for any municipality. Code administration for all other buildings must be performed by a certified building official as defined in paragraph (b). A certified building official-limited may conduct inspections for other structures regulated by the State Building Code under the direction of a designated certified building official or the state building official.
Subject to all other certification requirements, as of Jan. 1, 2012, valid Class I certifications must be included in the certified building official-limited category upon the next immediate renewal. This certification is considered a journeyman license.
An individual with this classification is limited to the administration of those provisions of the State Building Code that provide access for persons with disabilities. This certification is considered a journeyman license.
Building officials and accessibility specialists must complete continuing education hours during their two-year license renewal period. Read more about recertification.