City staff is available to answer questions regarding City Code requirements. Many answers can be found in the Residential Code Enforcement Guide (PDF).
Common property maintenance and code enforcement violations are outlined below:
The long weed and grass season is May 1st through September 30th every year. To report long grass concerns, please call 763-951-7200. Per City Code 8-500, grass and weeds need to be maintained under eight inches in height. City Code does not require the spraying or treatment of dandelions or creeping charlie. For additional information on native plantings, please click here.
City Code 11-601.5 requires all vehicles in exterior storage to have current registration displayed and to be in a visibly operable condition. City Code 11-603.1(7)(i) and 11-603.2(7)(i) require all vehicles to be parked on an improved surface in the front and side yard with some exceptions along the Mississippi River. Repairing or dismantling vehicles outside is a violation of City Code.
Under City Code 11.601.10(2), the following are prohibited in residential districts: To place, store or allow the placement or storage of salvage wood, furniture, plastic, recyclables, scrap metal, debris, pipe, lumber, forms, steel machinery, or similar materials including all material and equipment used in conjunction with a business outside on residential property including storage on an open trailer. View the disposal resources handout.
City Code 8-204 requires every residential household to have garbage service with a licensed hauler. It is also required by City Code 8-206 to have collection containers moved from the curb on non-collection days.
There is no City Code requiring residents to rake or mulch leaves. However, City Code 8-111 does prohibit depositing leaves on any public street.