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Most permit applications list fees. Some residential building project valuations are based on square footage. Many permits are based on a flat fee effective January 1, 2018. ePermits are now available for flat fee permits.
Yes, the City requires a fence permit for any new fences that are installed or if fence sections are being replaced. This permit helps ensure that the fence meets zoning requirements, such as where it can be located on the property, maximum height requirements, and type of fencing material.
A copy of the fence permit can be found here: Fence Permit Application
Some of the fence requirements to be aware of:
To check out a business, you can call the Better Business Bureau.
Yes. All rental properties must be inspected by a licensed Housing Evaluator. Rental inspections are valid for a period of three years. The City will also accept a Time-Of-Sale Inspection report in lieu of a rental inspection but must be dated one year from the date of the rental license application. A listing of Housing Evaluator can be found on the Rental Housing Licensing page.
The adjacent property owner is responsible for clearing the sidewalk of snow and ice within 12 hours after a snowfall. Please call the Code Enforcement Officer to report a complaint about sidewalk shoveling at 651-554-3216.
The standard PIN assigned is the last four digits of your telephone number as it appears in your customer account. If this PIN does not work, you can request that your PIN be sent through email. Or, you can come in to the library with additional identification, such as a driver's license, in order for us to check your record and furnish the PIN to you. You will then be free to change your PIN for security.
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You can register for Parks & Recreation in person at 125 3rd Avenue North in South St. Paul. We accept cash, check, Visa, Discover, American Express or MasterCard. Some program registrations can be mailed with check payment to the Parks & Recreation Department. Online registration is also available and is a convenient way to register for programs. VISA, Discover, American Express and MasterCard are accepted. Click on the Online Registration tab on the Parks & Recreation Department home page for instructions. You may need to contact our office for your household information, please call 651-366-6200.
Before installing a fence, creating new buildings, or doing landscaping, it is important to know where your property ends and your neighbor's property begins. Existing fences or trees are not an accurate way to gauge where a property line is.
There are a few ways to find your property lines:
1) Locate Your Property Markers Using A Metal Detector
Homeowners can use a metal detector to locate the iron monuments that are located in the four corners of their property. Specific instructions on how to locate these pins can be found here.
2) Hire A Professional Surveyor
Surveyors make precise measurements to determine property boundaries. In addition to finding property markers, surveyors are able to replace property markers if they have moved from their correct position and create a legal surveyor of a property. Hiring a licensed surveyor is an easy and highly accurate way to determine where a property line is. The Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors has a list of surveyors that work in Dakota County. You can access this list here. After opening the page, please select "Dakota" in the list of counties served to find surveyors that work in South St. Paul.
If there is a dispute about property lines, homeowners are advised to obtain a legal survey by hiring a professional surveyor. Unfortunately, the City is not able to help resolve property line disputes.
Yes, the City requires a fence permit for any new fence that is installed and for an existing fence that is being replaced or repaired. This permit ensures that any fence put up in South St. Paul meets the fence height, location, and material requirements found in Section 118-199 of the City Code.
Fence permit application can be found here: Fence Permit Application
Residents should be aware of the following fence requirements:
The Police Department attempts to fill requests as soon as possible. However, information on some reports may be private or confidential. Therefore, the private or confidential information must be separated before copies can be released. As this process takes time, it may take up to 10 days to process requests.
The mailing address for the BCA is: Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Criminal Justice Information Systems - CHA, 1430 Maryland Avenue East, St. Paul, Minnesota 55106.
The BCA telephone number is: (651) 793-2400.
Lobby hours are 8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The lobby is closed on holidays. Please come prepared with an acceptable form of identification, i.e., driver's license. Fingerprints may be required to verify your identity. There is no fee charged to view your record.
To receive a notification to your e-mail account or a text message to your cellular phone, complete the “Snowbird Notification” form provided on this website.
12 – 14: Sunday - Thursday 10:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.Friday & Saturday 11:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. 15 – 17: Sunday - Thursday 11:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.Friday & Saturday Midnight - 5:00 a.m.
Animal Ark: (651) 772-8983Feline Rescue: (612) 423-2689Pet Haven: (952) 831-3825Stray/Feral Cat Rescue: (651) 766-6754/(651) 486-7522Woodbury Humane Society: (763) 412-4969
Be advised these organizations may charge a fee for the cat removal.
Car seat inspections are conducted once a month. You may contact the Police Department at (651) 554-3300 for the exact date and to schedule an appointment.
The City’s tree ordinance was last updated in 1969 as part of the City’s effort to address Dutch elm disease. Many of the policies that were enacted in 1969 are outdated and do not align with modern forestry practices. For example, the previous ordinance stated that only ash trees and maple trees could be planted in a boulevard, which does not promote tree species diversity. Diversity within tree species, genus, and family is crucial to protecting the community from a major tree loss due to an invasive insect or disease that wipes out one type of tree. Additionally, the previous tree ordinance did not include boulevard width standards which led to large shade trees being planted in small boulevards where they outgrew the space in which they were planted and damaged the sidewalk, curb, and underground utilities.
Approximately 90-95% of tree roots exist in the top 3 feet of soil, and more than half are within the top 1 foot of soil. From a tree’s perspective, small boulevards lack adequate soil volume and this requires tree roots to grow into any nearby crevice with soil and oxygen. Boulevard trees with roots that encroach a sidewalk or street are more susceptible to root cutting during infrastructure work which leads to reduced health, reduced anchoring ability, and windthrow (where a tree is uprooted and tipped over by wind).
The new tree ordinance was the result of nearly two years of study with input from the Planning, Engineering, and Public Works departments and a careful analysis of South St. Paul’s existing built environment. The City does not have a forester on staff and contracted with consultant group WSB to secure a forester who is also an ISA-certified arborist to assist with the ordinance update. The forester has brought a wealth of experience and knowledge about how other communities have handled this issue as well as the most recent research from the University of Minnesota.
Shade trees grow best in boulevards at least 8 feet wide where there is adequate soil volume. In boulevards that have less than 8 feet of width, there is not enough soil volume to support a healthy mature tree. Tree roots continue to grow beyond the small space and push into adjacent sidewalks, curbs, sewer and water lines. Unfortunately, very few streets in South St. Paul have boulevards that are at least 8 feet wide. Most of South St. Paul’s boulevards are 7 feet or less in width and many boulevards are only 3 feet in width.
Boulevard trees are an important part of South St. Paul’s community character and the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan calls for trees along all residential streets where boulevard widths allow. Based on tree root research, there are several small and medium tree species that grow well in a boulevard as narrow as 5 feet. Unfortunately, these trees need more soil volume than a 3- or 4-foot boulevard can provide over their life span. There simply is not enough room for their root systems, and there will be conflicts with infrastructure.
As trees grow and their root systems expand, the City’s curb and gutter, sidewalk, and underground utilities are damaged, and tree root systems are damaged in the process of repairing them, making the trees more susceptible to being tipped over by wind. The City is required to ensure sidewalks are accessible to all users and estimates approximately $1,000,000 in infrastructure improvements are needed due to existing tree root conflict in boulevards less than 5 feet.
Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to the 5-foot greenspace requirement for boulevard trees on residential streets. Commercial streets such as Southview Boulevard which have boulevard trees in planters, grates, or other types of special installations that control their root growth may be granted exceptions by the City Engineer on a “case by case” basis.
For streets with narrow boulevards that cannot accommodate a shade tree, the City does still want to provide residents with options for beautifying their street. As part of the ordinance update, the City expanded the list of alternative plantings that are legally allowed in City boulevards in addition to grass. The City now officially allows plantings and landscaping materials in the boulevard as long as they do not exceed 3 feet in height and do not overhang the sidewalk, street, or alley. Fences, berms, boulders, and retaining walls are not allowed in boulevards and plantings that are close to an intersection, alley, driveway, or public utility fixture need to be kept at 18 inches of height or less.
Residents are always welcome to plant trees on their private property. When planted in a front yard, private shade trees provide many (if not more) of the same benefits as boulevard trees. Trees planted in private yards instead of boulevards tend to live longer after reaching maturity and this provides greater ecosystem benefits to the community. No permit is required to plant a tree on private property, but residents should call 811 for utility locates before digging in their yard. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and University of Minnesota offer good resources on tree selection.
Long term, each neighborhood can work with the City to bring back their boulevard trees. Residential streets are reconstructed roughly once every 50 – 70 years. Before a reconstruction project begins, the City will host meetings with the neighborhood to determine how the new street will be designed. The City generally tries to ensure that all new residential streets have at least 5-foot-wide boulevards if conditions allow. The City encourages residents to get involved in the design process to ensure that boulevards are sized appropriately for the type of trees that they would like to see on their street.
If there is a pink “X” on the tree in front of your house or in your boulevard, that means it has been recognized as a publicly owned diseased or dying tree. It will be removed by the City as funding and staff time permits, often within the next year or two. Due to EAB, over 800 trees must be removed from South St. Paul’s boulevards. Tree work is handled by the Streets Department, which is a part of the Public Works Department. They are also responsible for road maintenance, plowing, street sweeping, sidewalk inspections, and other street maintenance needs. The Streets Department handles a significant amount of tree removal and stump grinding “in-house” with its own staff and equipment but there is also an annual budget to hire third party contractors to assist with tree removal and stump grinding.
The Streets Department is working hard to complete ash tree removals whenever possible but there is limited staff available, and it is very time-consuming to complete these removals. The Streets Department prioritizes the removal of boulevard trees that are at the greatest risk of falling. These high priority trees are the ones where the bark has fallen off completely and smaller twigs are falling on sidewalks and streets.
The City has a budget for tree work and that budget is currently dedicated to the removal of dead and dying trees in parks and boulevards. In September 2017, the City completed a tree inventory of its parks and boulevards and determined that it owned 1,724 ash trees which are now all either dead or dying due to emerald ash borer. These publicly owned ash trees are a total loss and are in the process of being removed. The removal effort was originally on schedule to be completed sometime in 2026 or 2027 but ash trees are dying very rapidly and becoming hazardous so the City is exploring what the cost would be to hire additional 3rd party contractors to speed up the work.
The City has successfully obtained two grants from the DNR to help with the removal and replacement of some trees that were killed by emerald ash borer. Kaposia Landing, Kaposia Park, Lorraine Park, Northview, and parts of the 7th Avenue boulevard have received new trees through the DNR grant program. Currently, City replanting projects are completely reliant upon grant dollars since the budget for tree work is entirely dedicated to tree removal.
When a residential street is reconstructed, part of the project budget goes towards planting new trees in the boulevard. Street reconstruction projects are funded through a combination of general fund dollars and assessments against benefitting properties. The City has a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) which lays out a roadmap for which streets need to be reconstructed in upcoming years.
If your boulevard is at least 5 feet wide, you do not need to wait for the City to plant a boulevard tree. You can download the “Boulevard Tree Work Permit” application and apply for FREE permit to plant your own tree in the boulevard. The City must approve your tree variety and tree location to make sure that your new tree will adhere to the ordinance and will not conflict with infrastructure. The City will not approve any boulevard tree work permits for boulevards that are less than 5 feet in width. Residents can download the permit application at here. Please read thoroughly before submitting.
For more information, visit our trees section or call 651-554-3225.
Water meters can sometimes be found in pits in older homes. The meter is not located outside. If you have a basement that has been finished, occasionally meters have been placed behind walls, in cabinets or other remodeled areas.
In some new condominiums, individual water meters are located in a utility room on the first level.
Your new meter will have a digital face without dials, and you will not see a meter reading unless you shine a flashlight into the light sensor.
If you are interested in alternate meter options, there are additional charges. Alternate Metering Options
All Ferguson waterworks installers have completed training and background checks and will have photo identification, wear identifiable uniforms, and drive marked vehicles.
If you have any questions about the person at your door, please call 1-866-241-0323 to verify the identity.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL to schedule an appointment until you receive a letter asking you to do so.
All installations are planned to be completed in 2013.
For large commercial meters, significantly more time may be required.
Once water service is restored, the installer will attempt to purse any air trapped in the service line. If some air is left in the line, you may notice a sputtering sound the first time you operate a fixture. This should only last a few seconds and will not cause any harm. The first few gallons of water may be discolored.
You can remove any additional air trapped din your line by running your cold water for a few minutes. Typically, the faucet on your laundry room tub can be opened to flush out trapped air.
The water meter is the property of the City of South St. Paul and homeowners are obligated to provide clear and unobstructed access to the water meter.
If there are boxes or stored items in the way, these items must be cleared prior to the arrival of the meter installer. The installer is not allowed to move your personal items and this may delay the installation process.
If, for any reason, the water meter has been covered by drywall or paneling, it is the homeowner's responsibility to ensure that the meter is accessible.
It is your responsibility to make sure that the meter is completely accessible and the area is well lit.
However, you should be careful not to damage the meter or allow temperatures in your basement to drop to levels that would freeze the meter during the winter months. be especially careful of your meter freezing if you have renovated and your meter is now behind a wall or panel.
You will be charged for replacing the meter if it should freeze or be damaged.
You must contact your garbage hauler to obtain a bin; haulers provide bins for their residential and commercial customers.
You can either call us at 651-554-3350, or you can use the "Noise Complaint" button at the bottom of our webpage. This button will direct you to a form that you can fill out. It will then be sent to airport management staff. If you want to be contacted, please ensure that you fill out your contact information.
Our Hours of operation are:
Monday - Friday -- 0800 - 1630 (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM)
Saturday -- 1100 - 1830 (11:00 AM - 6:30 PM)
Sunday -- 0900 - 1530 (9:00 AM - 3:30 PM)
Our fuel is Self Serve. The fuel points are open 24/7/365. We have credit card readers at the fuel point. We accept most major credit cards.
The Commemorative Air Force Museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays 1000 - 1600 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM). their website is: Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing
They are usually in June and September. Please go to the Commemorative Air Force Website, or call them at 651-455-6942, for more information.
At the current time we do not have any open City owned T-Hangars. We have a wait list that you can add your name to. We cannot forecast the length of time you will be on the list before you get a call. We can take your contact information and pass it along to the hangar owners on the airfield. One of them might be able to rent you a spot in their hangar. If you think you would like to do that, please use the contact form. Ensure that you have your name, phone number, email address, and type of aircraft (high or low wing).
If you need an access card, please come to the airport office located at 1725 henry Ave, South St. Paul, MN 55075 during normal business hours. We will be more that happy to get you a gate card. The fee for a card is $21.43 (tax included). If you only want to walk out and see some aircraft, you can come to the office and walk out onto the ramp area.