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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.
From our Home Page, click on the "Receive Updates" button. The button will take you to "Notify Me". Notify Me allows community members the ability to sign up and receive timely updates on topics of interest.
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From the Home Page, click on "Report A Concern". The Report A Concern feature on the City of Northfield website is checked Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm except holidays. It allows community members the ability to report a concern to Administration, Building Inspections/Code Enforcement, Police and Public Works Departments.
Yes, the City of Northfield is on Facebook, Instagram and You Tube.
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Yes, there is a Rice County Satellite Office located on the second floor at City Hall. They can be reached at 507-645-3090 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Northfield Police Department is asking citizens to help reduce theft from vehicles by taking these prevention measures:
Always lock your vehicle doors even in your own driveway. Do not leave valuables in your car. Lock them in your trunk or take them inside. If you have a garage, use it, and keep it locked. Always park in a well-lighted area. Never leave keys in your vehicle. 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 Northfield Police Department offers fingerprinting services on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and on Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. dependent on staff availability and holidays.
Awareness of the sirens and what they mean is a critical piece to gaining knowledge of the emergency incident. First of all, sirens are only meant to be heard outdoors where people may not have access to media outlets such as TV, radio and NOAA weather radios.
If people are indoors, they need to rely on those media sources to get information about the current situation be it weather or some other emergency. The sirens indicate that something is happening that the public needs to be aware of. It is the public’s responsibility to find out what action they need to take. We should not assume that sirens only sound for weather events and on each Wednesday of the month.
How do I know when the event is over?In a weather event, the National Weather Service (NWS) issues watches and warnings with an expiration time. The NWS can choose to cancel, extend or let the watch/warning expire. In the event the watch/warning is extended, a new expiration time will be included in the information.
In a non-weather event, information about the event and instructions would be available through local media outlets.
There is no “All Clear” siren or signal. In a weather event when a watch/warning expires, you must determine based on observations and information if it is safe to leave your place of shelter.
How is it determined if the sirens are activated?The National Weather Service, trained Skywarn Spotters or any local public safety official determines if there is a weather threat, and if sirens should be activated. Sirens will be activated in the case of a Tornado Warning – either radar indicated or reports from trained spotters. If high winds are reported – typically exceeding the severe thunderstorm warning threshold of 58 MPH or greater the sirens may be activated.In the case of non-weather emergencies local public safety officials determine the need to activate the outdoor warning system.
Who sounds the sirens?Pearl Street 911 Dispatch Center (dispatches public safety for Rice and Steele County including Northfield) has the primary responsibility to sound all sirens in the county. Pearl Street has overall operations policies and guidelines which provide direction and guidance for warning system activation. Northfield Emergency Operations can also activate the local outdoor warning system if needed.
Siren TestingSirens within the City of Northfield are tested on a weekly basis year round to maintain readiness.
On the First (1st) Wednesday of each month, at approximately 1:00 PM, sirens will activate and reach full volume. Two siren tones are tested steady and wail. The monthly test lasts approximately 5-8 minutes. This first Wednesday of the month test is initialized by the Pearl Street 911 Dispatch Center.
On the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM, a “growl test” is performed. During a "growl test," the siren is sounded at a very low volume to ensure it and all the associated hardware and monitoring equipment is in working order. People in close proximity to the siren will probably hear the growl test and see the siren rotate. The sirens will not reach full volume during a “growl test.” Total test time is approximately 15-30 seconds with the siren sounding for approximately 2 seconds. These tests are initialized locally, not from Pearl Street 911 Dispatch.
Siren testing may be postponed or canceled if severe weather conditions are currently present or imminent in the area.The City of Northfield has a plan for notifying citizens of critical situations affecting the community, such as severe weather conditions, bio-terrorism attacks, evacuation orders, boil-water notices and missing child reports.
Alerts will be broadcast via an outdoor siren warning system, local media outlets and as an alert on the City’s web site.
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:
Contact Public Works at 507-645-3045 to check for availability or view specific park information at
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.