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Chapter Number 150, Building Regulations



            General Provisions

            150.01 State Building Code

            150.02 Vacation of streets, alleys and public grounds

            Uniform Addressing

            150.20 Purpose

            150.21 Building numbers

            150.22 Location, size, shape

            150.23 Multiple dwelling numbering

            150.24 Maintenance of building numbers

            150.25 Time for compliance

            150.26 Violations



            (A)      Codes adopted by reference.  The Minnesota State Building Code, as adopted by the Commissioner of Administration pursuant to M.S. Chapter 16B.59 to 16B75, as it may be amended from time to time, including all of the amendments, rules and regulations established, adopted and published from time to time by the Minnesota Commissioner of Administration, through the Building Codes and Standards Division is hereby adopted by reference with the exception of the optional chapters, unless specifically adopted in this section.  The Minnesota State Building Code is hereby incorporated in the section as if fully set out herein.

            (B)       Application, administration and enforcement

                        (1)       The application, administration, and enforcement of the code shall be in accordance with the Minnesota State Building Code.  The code shall be enforced within the extraterritorial limits permitted by M.S. § 16B.62, subdivision 1, as it may be amended from time to time, when so established by this section.

                        (2)       The code enforcement agency of this municipality is called the _____.

                        (3)       This code shall be enforced by the Minnesota Certified Building Official designated by this municipality to administer the code (M.S. § 16B.65, subdivision 1, as it may be amended from time to time).

            (C)       Permits and fees.

                        (1)       The issuance of permits and the collection of fees shall be as authorized in M.S. § 16B.62, subdivision 1, as it may be amended from time to time.

                        (2)       Permit fees shall be assessed for work governed by this code in accordance with the fee schedule adopted by the municipality.  In addition, a surcharge fee shall be collected on all permits issued for work governed by this code in accordance with M.S. § 16B.70, as it may be amended from time to time.

            (D)      Violations and penalties.  A violation of the code is a misdemeanor (M.S. § 16B.69, as it may be amended from time to time).

            (E)       Building Code optional chapters.  The Minnesota State Building Code, established pursuant to M.S. §§ 16B.59 to 16B.75, as they may be amended from time to time, allows the municipality to adopt by reference and enforce certain optional chapters of the most current edition of the Minnesota State Building Code.


            (A)      The City Council may vacate public grounds, streets or alleys or any part thereof on its own motion.  When the vacation is by the motion of the Council rather than by petition, the resolution may be adopted by a four-fifths vote of the Council.  No such vacation may be accomplished unless it appears in the interest of the public to do so and until after a hearing is held which is preceded by a two week published and posted notice.  After a notice of vacation is adopted, the Administrator shall prepare and present to the proper county officials a notice of completion of the proceedings.

            (B)       The Council may by resolution vacate any street upon the petition of a majority of the owners of land abutting on the street, alley, public ground, public way or any part thereof to be vacated. A resolution shall be upon hearing as provided for in division (A) of this section and the vacation upon a petition of property owners may be adopted by a majority vote.

            (C)       M.S. § 412.851, as it may be amended from time to time, is adopted by reference and specifically made a part hereof and incorporated herein.

(Prior Code, Chapter 26)


  • 150.20 PURPOSE.

           The City Council finds that for the purpose of providing proper protection of public and private property in the city it is essential to require visible approved addressing or identification for each separate public, residential, commercial or industrial building.

(Ord. 05-01, passed 11-5-2001)


            Each primary structure within the city limits shall be assigned an address. The list of addresses of all primary structures within the city shall be held at the office of the City Administrator.

(Ord. 05-01, passed 11-5-2001)


            (A)      All owners or occupants of residential, commercial and industrial structures within the city shall display their assigned address numbers on the outside of their primary structures, near the front door, for emergency purposes. The address number must be located on a primary structure surface facing the public road clearly visible from the road, address numbers shall be no smaller than four inches and colors should be in strong contrast with background. No self-adhesive number appliques shall be used.

            (B)       In those cases where the principal building’s address is obscured from view from the street of address by accessory buildings, trees, shrubbery or other visual obstruction, the numbers shall be displayed on the mailbox in numerals not less than two inches high, of a light reflective material and of a contrasting color to the background. In those cases where the principal building is obscured from the view from the street address and the residence does not have a mailbox, the numbers shall be displayed from a permanent mounting on the property, clearly visible from the street, displayed prominently in numerals not less than four inches high of contrasting color to the background. The post should be within 50 feet of the road and ten feet of the driveway. The bottom of the address sign shall be placed at a height that is no less than four feet above the level of the surface of the road.

(Ord. 05-01, passed 11-5-2001)


            It shall be the duty of the owner or manager of every multiple dwelling building containing five or more rental units, and the owner or occupant of every individually owned dwelling unit in any such multiple unit building to properly identify each dwelling unit by attaching identification numbers on or adjacent to each entrance to the individual units. The owner or manager of any multiple dwelling building with common entrances containing five units or more, whether the units are rental or individually owned, shall provide signs, including directional arrows, easily identifying the location of each dwelling unit in the building. The signs shall be placed in an obvious location inside each entrance to the building as approved by the Fire Chief.

(Ord. 05-01, passed 11-5-2001)


            The occupant of the primary structure shall be responsible for keeping its address numbers in good repair and clear of snow, dirt, debris or other obstructions.

(Ord. 05-01, passed 11-5-2001)


            All owners of primary structures in the city shall comply with this chapter within 45 days. All city licenses, applications and permits may be withheld from the owners or occupants of primary structures if the address is not placed or maintained in conformance with this chapter.

(Ord. 05-01, passed 11-5-2001)

  • 150.26 VIOLATIONS.


            Failure to comply with any section of this subchapter shall constitute a petty misdemeanor.

(Ord. 05-01, passed 11-5-2001)  Penalty, see § 10.99

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