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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.
During the winter it is up to each property owner to clear public sidewalks of snow and ice. City ordinance requires owners or occupants to clean the sidewalks abutting the property of snow and loose or melting ice within twelve hours after snow or ice has ceased. This is necessary to ensure the safety of people using the sidewalks during the winter. Some things to remember:
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:
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.
This policy applies to new construction and significant renovations and additions in municipal developments and developments seeking a financial assistance in the form of:
Significant renovations and additions are defined as those that are of 10,000 square feet and greater and replacing or installing HVAC equipment.
Using a third-party rating system, such as LEED or Minnesota Green Communities, ensures that buildings are meeting sustainability requirements that are widely recognized as best practices. Doing so also clarifies liability and also allows for more certainty for the design team in knowing the policy requirements will be met. The cost for engaging the third-party rater is typically less than one percent of the cost of a project and when examined early in the design process, studies show that utilizing sustainability practices contributes 1 to 3% to total costs on average.
Cities have the authority to add conditions when granting financial assistance. The Sustainable Building Policy is a set of requirements ONLY for buildings requesting financial assistance through the city. Buildings not receiving financial assistance would not be subject to the requirements. Because of that and that the state establishes the building code, this policy is not a code.
The policy aims to cover a broad spectrum of sustainability areas including energy, water, waste, and materials. The listed rating systems were selected because they achieve that aim and because they are used in similar policies by other cities in the region. Creating regional consistency helps to improve implementation efficiency and lower costs. As rating systems are constantly evolving, the policy is designed for flexibility with other equivalent rating systems being allowed as approved by the city for an individual development. These two tables describe the rating systems and Northfield Green Requirements (NGR) standards:
University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR)
Minnesota-specific rating system. Developed originally for state of Minnesota bonded projects. It is available now for all developments for a fee.
Categorizes requirements by:
Commercial, multifamily, single family
US Green Building Council
Globally recognized rating system. It is available for all developments for a fee.
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency for projects receiving their funding; otherwise Enterprise
Enterprise Green Communities is a national rating system targeted at multifamily. It is available for multifamily developments for a fee. The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency requires implementation of and provides technical resources for the Minnesota version of that standard for projects it funds.
Green Business Certification
Globally deployed rating system. It is available for parking developments for a fee.
Sustainable Buildings 2030 (SB2030)
Minnesota-specific performance standard following the Architecture 2030 model that seeks net zero energy construction by the year 2030. In 2021, the standard is 80% more efficient than the same building built to code in 2006. Prescriptive path is available.
Zero Energy Ready Homes
1 to 3 unit residential
U.S. Department of Energy
National standard targeting small residential with both prescriptive and performance based paths.
B3 Guideline E.2
Evaluate the feasibility of sourcing 2% of energy load with on-site renewables. Install if cost-effective per B3 guideline.
The policy requires compliance with the most recent rating system version in existence at the time of development application. Where elements of the selected rating system and energy code differ, the policy requires adherence to the most stringent.
Looking back five years, this policy would have applied to seven developments. If historical development patterns continue, we’d anticipate about 1 to 3 projects per year would be subject to the sustainable building policy.
Developers who request funding from the City of Northfield will be notified of the sustainable building policy. If the developer chooses not to follow the policy, the city can withhold granting the funding request. Once the project is complete but chooses not to certify under the chosen sustainability standard, the city has the option to rescind the funding incentives provided.
This is not part of the policy.
Compliance will be based on specific context of developments. Because most publicly funded developments involve negotiations with the city, such elements will be addressed in that process.
No, not at this time.
The city's water is above a Minnesota Department of Health guideline for manganese and is not recommended to be consumed by infants under 1 year old. The way to lower the level of manganese in the water is by providing treatment.
The new water treatment plant will use gravity filtration with reverse osmosis to remove iron, manganese and hardness minerals or calcium and magnesium.
Yes, the city's consultant studied 3 treatment options:
Gravity filtration with reverse osmosis was selected because of the removal of manganese in the drinking water, the resiliency to future contaminants, the quality of water provided and the reduction of chlorides being added to drinking water through home water softeners thus resulting in lower levels of chlorides being discharged to the Cannon River.
Yes, however they were not recommended as options based on the scale of the drinking water system.
Yes, the water will be softened to roughly 90 milligrams per liter (mg/L) or what is considered moderately hard.
The decision to further soften or not is up to residents; however, the City is recommending residents do not further soften their water.
No, the Minnesota Department of Health states that “If your water’s hardness is greater than 7 grains per gallon or 120mg/L, then you might need a water softener to ensure your appliances run well.” The City will provide water with roughly 90 mg/L or lower than the Minnesota Department of Health’s recommended softening level.
The water treatment plant is expected to be operational in 2026.
When the water treatment plant first becomes operational, there will be a change in the water. City staff will conduct additional hydrant flushing to remove any built up discoloration in the water so that residents will be able to see the benefit of the new treated water as soon as possible.