Building Standards

Minnesota Housing establishes minimum design standards to help meet Minnesotans' needs for decent, safe and sustainable affordable housing. These standards provide assistance to architects and contractors in understanding their role within Minnesota Housing's development process and associated requirements with their services.

2022 Rental Housing Design/Construction Standards (RHD/CS) - Applicable to all Multifamily projects. Multifamily Projects may include single family homes, duplexes, townhomes and multi-storied buildings with elevators in which the occupants are renters and do not own the property.

Architect's Guide - Requirements, information and best practices for architects

Contractor's Guide - Requirements, information and best practices for general contractors

Environmental Standards - Information and policy requirements for both new construction and rehabilitation projects

Physical Needs Assessment Template (Multifamily Buildings)

Physical Needs Assessment Template (Single Family Homes)

20 Year Capital Expenditure Template (Scattered Site/Multiple Building Type Version)

20 Year Capital Expenditure Template 

20 Year Capital Expenditure Template Instructions 

Architects Opinion Letter (for Loan Closing and Commitment)

Construction Close-out

Certificate of General Contractor and Owner (for Construction Close-out Checklist)

Limited Scope Project Documents

To be used only with Minnesota Housing approval

Limited Scope Project Sustainability Requirements

Limited Scope Project Abbreviated Design Standards


2022 MN Overlay and Guide to the 2020 Green Communities Criteria (current version)

Multifamily Intended Methods Worksheet (current version)

Single Family Intended Methods Worksheet (current version)

Criteria 5.1b Prescriptive Pathway Compliance Worksheet

2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria 1.1 Integrative Design Project Priorities Survey

Enterprise Green Communities Criteria

The 2022 MN Overlay and Guide adopts and overlays the 2020 version of the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria (EGCC). The 2020 version of EGCC is available on the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria website.

Universal Design

Universal Design Worksheet (UD Worksheet) (for use when UD RFP selection points are selected and validated with a funding awarded)

Waiver Request

Waiver Request Form (for use when requesting waiver from any Building Standards such as Rental housing Design/Construction Standards, MN Overlay, Environmental Policy, Architect's Guide, Contractor's Guide, etc.)

Previous Years Building Standards and Guides


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Minnesota Housing Staff Architects