Minot, North Dakota, Homeowners Blame Inspector Negligence on City

Some Minot, N.D., homeowners are expressing difficulty selling property after discovering city building inspectors failed to identify flawed construction before issuing certificates of occupancy.

Then, they discovered the city might not be liable.

Resident Jon Newman tells the Minot Daily News that he found out his house wasn’t built following building permit specifications after putting it on the market last fall. Newman says the city hadn’t performed an inspection before issuing an occupancy certificate. Residents in the same subdivision have reported issues with bowing walls and improper foundations.

City Attorney Stefanie Stalheim says the subdivision has an indemnification agreement in the building permit application that releases the city from claims under its review or failure to review building plans.

Mayor Chuck Barney says homeowners should determine their options with city building inspectors.