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Environmental Concerns

At Environmental Services, we work as the investigation and enforcement department for environmental issues in Minneapolis. Call or email 311 and we will investigate land, water, air, and noise concerns, including common concerns listed below. 

Idling

The anti-idling ordinance restricts idling of cars and other gas or diesel powered vehicles to no more than three minutes in a one hour period. The ordinance also limits idling of buses, trucks, and other diesel engine-powered vehicles to no than five minutes in a one hour period.

There are exceptions to the three minute idling restriction for cars and most other gas or diesel powered vehicles:

To report an idling issue: Contact 311

More information can be found at: Chapter 58 - Idling

Noise

Construction/demolition noise is allowed 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. An After-Hours Work Permit is required for work anytime on Saturday or Sunday. Homeowners are not required to obtain an After Hours Work Permit on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

To report an noise issue: Contact 311

More information can be found at: Chapter 389 - Noise

Odor

The City of Minneapolis has a criteria and threshold for nuisance odors. Odors are unlawful if air contaminants migrate from the premises and are identified by an Inspector to be above the threshold of violation at an adjacent property.

To report an odor issue: Contact 311

More information can be found at: 47.150 - Odor

Spills

Environmental Services will respond to spills that are 5 gallons or less and will assist the Fire Department and Public Works for larger spills as needed. 

To report a spill: Contact 311
 

More information can be found at: 287.100 - Oil or gasoline spills

Wells and tanks

Email [email protected] if you have questions about possible wells or tanks on your property. If you are having a well or tank removed, be sure to work with a licensed well contractor. 

To request information on tanks or wells: Contact 311

More information can be found at: 48.260 - Wells


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Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 612-673-2301.
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Last updated Aug 5, 2019

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