Rental Housing Board of Appeals


One annual meeting in January. Other meetings scheduled by the chair as needed.


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.

If possible, appeal hearings (when requested) will be held 7:00 p.m. on a Thursday. In the event of a conflict on a Thursday, hearings will be scheduled to meet the requirements of the ordinance.

Membership requirements

The Rental Housing Board of Appeals shall consist of five voting members and non-voting 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.


  1. You can apply to more than one board, commission or task force.

    Apply for a board, commission, or task force

    Applications are also available at:

    City Hall
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057