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The State Building Code requires permits to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change occupancy of a building. In general, a permit is required for most construction projects where something is being built, repaired, replaced, or remodeled.
The best way to find out if you need a permit is to contact Building Inspections at 507-645-3004. Discuss your plans with an inspector before you begin construction to determine needed permits.
Permits are usually required for the following:
Electrical Inspections in Northfield are performed by the State of Minnesota. For information contact: Randy Edel, State Electrical Inspector , at 507-334-3748.
Electrical Permit and Inspection Checklist information can be found at the following website. Construction Handouts
Building Permit Applications
The State Building Code specifically exempts 14 items. The main ones are buildings 120 s.f. or less, fences not over six feet high, retaining walls not over four feet high from footing to top of wall, painting, tiling, cabinets, finish work, swing sets, playground equipment,etc.
Inspections are performed to check for building code compliance. A record inspection card is issued with the building permit and is required to be posted on the job site. This card should list the required inspections and indicates what inspections have been completed and approved. Do not cover work that may need inspection. If you have questions, contact Building Inspections at 507- 645-3004.
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry establishes the rules for licensing of residential contractors. Typically all work performed for a homeowner must be by a Licensed Contractor. Please see Construction Codes and Licensing Division at the Department of Labor and Industry or call 651-284-5065.
Accessory Structure Requirements
Property information can be obtained from the Rice County and Dakota County websites. Property Line Information
Flags and paint markings are utilized to identify the location of underground utilities. State law requires that utilities are located through the Gopher State One Call system prior to excavation activities to help avoid damage and accidents caused by striking the buried lines. These activities could include repair of sewer and water services, damaged cable, or phone lines, or even installation of new utility lines. These markings will also appear if a property owner in the area is making an improvement to their property such as the installation of landscaping walls or a pool. Two days before doing any digging in your yard it is required by State law to contact:
A right of way is the publicly owned area in a development or neighborhood. Rights of way are important for the installation and maintenance of streets and private and public utilities, including electrical, phone, sewer and water, and storm sewer lines. A common misconception is that the homeowner’s or business owner’s property line goes right up to the curb. It does not. The public owns a certain amount of the land behind the curb (right of way) that extends into the residential or business property line. The size of the right of way is not the same for every property. The right of way area behind the curb is also used for snow storage when the city plows streets. The city administers the use of this area through a permitting process. Contact City Engineering office at 507-645-3020 for further assistance.
MetroNet is a leading provider of 100% fiber optic internet, television, and telephone services. MetroNet has an agreement with the City of Northfield to install a citywide fiber-optic network either underground or on existing utility poles, giving residents access to gigabit speed internet, some of the fastest in the world, along with stunning television picture quality, and clear, reliable telephone service. MetroNet currently provides service or is under construction in over 100 communities in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, and Florida. This provides residents an additional choice for internet, television, and telephone bringing competition into the marketplace. MetroNet has a website dedicated to addressing any questions or concerns residents may have about the construction process.
Call MetroNet at 877-386-3876
Yes. MetroNet established a franchise agreement with the city of Northfield, and they are obtaining the necessary permits to build out their network. Just like other utility companies, MetroNet has the right to access the city’s right of way, which extends across streets from sidewalk to sidewalk, and easement areas, typically located along the street, the sidewalk, the rear lot line, or between two lots. Utility companies use easements to construct and maintain overhead and underground lines. MetroNet crews have legal access to these areas to install their fiber cables, in addition to equipment such as boxes buried at ground level, typically placing them in a central location utilized by multiple utility providers. If your easement is within a fenced area of your property, MetroNet will need access to this area as well.
For more information about easements, and what you can expect during construction, visit MetroNet's website. If you have questions or concerns, call MetroNet’s customer care line at 877-386-3876.
The construction phase of this project is temporary, and MetroNet crews do their best to minimize the impact to property; however, technicians do need to either hang fiber-optic cables on utility poles or run them underground in order to extend service to subscribing residents.
MetroNet has a website dedicated to addressing any questions or concerns residents may have about construction. Residents can also call 877-386-3876. MetroNet promises to answer all inquiries and address any concerns within 24 hours (one business day Monday through Friday) and to repair any damage occurring during construction of their network.
Please do not remove the flags. MetroNet is legally required to have utilities locate their underground transmission line, such as gas, water, and electric lines prior to construction. The flags show where the existing utilities are, helping MetroNet crews avoid these areas. Once these colorful flags or temporary landscape-safe spray paint appear in your yard, or along the street, construction should begin within a week. Once construction is complete, the flags will be removed. Weather permitting, MetroNet will rake, seed, and straw your lawn in the areas where digging occurred.
Yes. You can mark your sprinkler system, dog fence, sump pump line etc. with white flags or landscape-safe spray paint. You can also notify MetroNet online by using the ask a question section on their website or by calling 877-386-3876.
MetroNet is creating a fiber network throughout the city, so people who want to sign up for service may do so. As with other utilities, the goal is to make it as widely accessible as possible, although there is obviously no requirement for any home sign up for service.
MetroNet workers may be in your yard from 30 minutes up to one day. If other utilities are overhead, MetroNet will install the fiber optic cables on existing poles. If utilities are underground, MetroNet will bury the network in those same areas. Before doing underground work, MetroNet will have the other utility companies locate their transmission lines and will temporarily move any obstacles within the utility easement.
Utility easements are located on most properties and are designated by city ordinance to be accessible to utilities, such as gas, water, electric, and cable providers. MetroNet signed a franchise agreement with the City of Northfield to locate its fiber-optic network in these utility easements. MetroNet’s construction website contains a wealth of information about what to expect during construction, including a video explaining utility easements.
In order for a criminal to carry out their act they need the opportunity to commit the crime. Remove the opportunity and it becomes much more difficult for the criminal to make you their victim. The Northfield Police Department is asking community members to help reduce theft from vehicles by taking these prevention measures:
Report thefts and any suspicious activity immediately to the police by calling 9-1-1. Remember that crime affects everyone. By working together we can reduce crime in our community!
The street lights are maintained by Xcel Energy and can be reported at 1-800-960-6235 or directly sent to Xcel Energy at the following site:
The Youth Recycling Program is coordinated through Dick's Sanitation. Fill out the application and return to the Engineering Department at City Hall for processing.
If the complaint is regarding safety items in the rental unit, the first step is to contact the landlord and allow for adequate time for any repairs or corrections to be made. If after a reasonable amount of time the landlord has not responded, please contact the Building Inspections Division at 507-645-3004. The City cannot assist with issues regarding the rental lease or non-safety items. If there is any doubt of whether it is a safety issue, please contact the Building Inspections Division.