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Program description and objective

Through this program, DLI seeks eligible municipalities to partner with and fund Building Official Training (BOT) Programs. The funding is provided through competitive grants to the eligible municipalities. A BOT Grant Program Review Committee reviews and scores grant applications and proposals.

The objective is to encourage, promote, provide and support municipal partnerships to educate and train new building officials. These partnerships will provide classroom instruction and paid, on-the-job, learning opportunities in the administration and enforcement of the Minnesota State Building Code. Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to achieve these objectives.

Application period

The application period for the 2020 – 2022 BOT Grant program is closed. Proposals were accepted through 4 p.m., July 24, 2020.

The next BOT Grant opportunity will be tentatively announced near the end of the current grant cycle and a copy of the Request For Proposals and associated documents will be posted on this web page.


DLI awarded seven grants to the following municipalities.

  • Alexandria

  • Brooklyn Park

  • Edina

  • Maple Grove

  • Prior Lake

  • Shakopee

  • Waite Park

Grants were awarded for two types of tracks:

  • Track 1:  Provides training for plan review and inspection of structures regulated by the Minnesota Residential Code (Chapter 1309) – a one-year training period with an award of up to $65,000.

  • Track 2:  Includes Track 1 and additional training for plan review and inspection of commercial structures regulated by the Minnesota Building Code (Chapter 1305) – a two-year training period. This includes an additional grant award of up to $65,000 for the second year of training. 


For help with questions contact:

  • Terence Olson, 651-284-5627

  • Eileen McNiff, 651-284-5859

  • Submit questions by email by to