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Rental Housing Board of Appeals
  • Annual meeting - Third Thursday in April each year
  • Semi-annual meeting will be held on the third Thursday in November each year.

Appeal Hearings
Appeal hearings (when requested) will be held 7 p.m. on a Thursday, if at all possible. In the event of a conflict on a Thursday, hearings will be scheduled to meet the requirements of the ordinance.

Staff Liaison

 Jim Kessler     Building Official  507-645-3021

Application & Membership Requirements
The Rental Housing Board of Appeals shall consist of five voting members and nonvoting advisory members, such as the fire chief, appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. Members serve three-year terms. There is no term limit. Members do not receive monetary compensation. The building official serves as an ex-officio member.

The mayor recommends applicants to the City Council based on their interest in the administration of the Rental Housing code, willingness to serve and background.

The board of appeals shall consist of members who are qualified by experience and training to review matters pertaining to building construction and rental code issues and are not employees of the City of Northfield.

Applications are available by contacting the City Clerk at:
City Hall
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057

The City of Northfield Rental Housing Board of Appeals hears and decides appeals of orders, decisions, or determinations made by the building official relative to the application and interpretation of the rental code. The board shall also hear petitions for variances as allowed by the rental housing code.

Applications for Appeal
An application for appeal shall be based on a claim that the true intent of the rental housing code or the rules legally adopted have been incorrectly interpreted, the provisions of this code do not fully apply, or an equally good or better form of compliance is proposed. Appeals will not be heard that argue the literal understanding of a provision. The board shall have no authority to waive requirements of the rental housing code. All decisions made by the board are final.

James Kessler
Building Official

Ph: 507-645-3021

Building Inspections
801 Washington St. S.
Northfield, MN 55057

Ph: 507-645-3004
Fx: 507-645-3055

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.