Farmington, Minnesota

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Code Enforcement

We all like to keep our neighborhoods looking nice. That can mean different things to different people. Therefore, the city of Farmington has codes (or rules) to regulate certain things such as parking, storage of refuse, unlicensed and inoperable vehicles, and general property maintenance. Watch this short video about Farmington's codes and ordinances.


 

In the past, these situations were enforced on a complaint only basis. That will continue, but in addition, the city has increased code enforcement. If a violation is found, the property owner will receive a letter and have ten days to resolve the issue. When the property is re-inspected, if the violation has not been resolved, a second notice will be sent along with a cost recovery fee. A re-inspection will occur every ten days and the fee will continue to accumulate until the violation is remedied. If the fee is not paid, it will be assessed on the property taxes.

It is up to each individual property owner to maintain their property according to code. Take a look around your property and if any of these code violations are occurring, please remedy them to avoid receiving a notice. The city appreciates everyone’s cooperation. To review the complete City Code click on the link below:

For more information about these codes and the code enforcement process, please call the Planning Department at 651-280-6822 or email. Here are some general rules to follow regarding our most frequently reported code complaints, click on each title for details:

Recreational Vehicle Parking

Recreational vehicles parked on residential property shall be registered to the owner or lessee of the property and display a current license and may be parked or stored on the lot as follows:

  1. In the front yard, provided they are kept on a hard surfaced driveway. Recreational vehicles may not be parked in front of the principal building on a residential lot. Recreational vehicles may not be parked or stored on public property.

  2. In the side or rear yard, recreational vehicles shall be parked or stored on asphalt, concrete, or decorative landscape rock.

    (a) All hard surfaced parking areas in the side or rear yard shall maintain a five foot (5') setback from the side or rear lot lines.

    (b) All decorative landscape rock parking areas may be located in the side or rear yards abutting the property line. The decorative rock parking areas shall be installed to a depth of four inches (4") and lined with a commercial grade weed preventative mesh under the rock to impede the growth of weeds. No class V(5) rock or gravel is allowed. Edging shall be installed to prevent the rock from spreading from the designated parking area. The designated parking area may not impede the drainage within the side or rear yard utility easements or inhibit access to the easements.

Vehicle Parking

All vehicles shall be parked on ahard surface driveway or parking apron.  All parking areas shall maintain a five foot (5’) setback from side and rear lot lines.

Unlicensed / Inoperable Vehicle

No person in charge or control of any property within the city, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee or otherwise, shall allow any unlicensed vehicle, or any partially dismantled, non-operating, junked or discarded vehicle to remain on such property longer than seventy two (72) hours; and no person shall leave any such vehicle on any property within the city for a longer time than seventy two (72) hours; except that this Section shall not apply with regard to a vehicle in an enclosed building, a vehicle on the premises of a business enterprise operated in a lawful place and manner, when necessary to the operating of such business enterprise, or a vehicle in an appropriate storage place or depository maintained in a lawful place and manner by the city.

Refuse or Debris

No person shall place any refuse in any street, alley or other public place, or upon any private property whether owned by such person or not, within the city except it be in a proper container for collection or under express approval granted by the city. Any unauthorized accumulation of refuse on any premises is hereby declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited.

Signs

Prohibited signs include, but are not limited to:

Snipe Signs: There shall be no use of snipe signs anywhere within the city.

Miscellaneous Signs: Such signs shall not be painted, attached or in any manner affixed to trees, rocks or similar natural surfaces, nor shall such signs be affixed to a fence or utility pole.

Public Rights Of Way: No sign shall be upon or overhang any public right of way.

Obsolete Signs: Signs which advertise an activity, business, product or service that has not been produced or conducted on the premises for more than thirty (30) days and are considered obsolete.