Frequently Asked Questions
Abandoned Cars - " The same car has been parked on my block for several days. What can I do about it?"
See Minneapolis Impound Lot Web page on Abandoned Vehicles.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is notifying people who live in an area of south Minneapolis about an effort to test their yards for arsenic. Letters were sent to property owners in an area that covers the southeast corner of the Phillips neighborhood and smaller areas in the Powderhorn Park and Corcoran neighborhoods.
Arsenic, a naturally occurring element that is extremely toxic to humans, was discovered at a site where several companies produced pesticides from 1938 to 1968 on the northwest corner of Hiawatha Avenue and 28 th Street. Tests also detected arsenic in the soil of some nearby properties, indicating that the contaminant may have blown there from the factory.
Soil sampling is expected began August 2006. EPA workers want to sample soil from front and back yards of all residential lots within a 250-acre area surrounding the former plant site. This is a voluntary program and residents can choose not to participate.
In late 2004, 29 residential yards in the south Minneapolis area were cleaned. Additional sampling will take place in spring 2006 and if additional high arsenic levels are found, the yards will be cleaned up. The costs of sampling, testing and cleanup are all covered by the EPA Superfund program.
Anyone with questions about this initiative can contact Tim Prendiville, the project manager with the EPA, at (312) 886-5122.
Additional information can be found at the following websites:
EPA information about the testing area can be found at: CMC Heartland
EPA information on arsenic can be found at: Arsenic Compounds
Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture information on the testing area can be found at: CMC Heartland Lite Yard Site
The Adult Services Department serves adults with behavioral health issues, disabilities or vulnerabilities. The Department assists people with consumer and community protection, housing and employment or vocational skill building. For more information, contact (612) 348-4111.
In order to continually grow and thrive, Minneapolis needs a range of affordable housing options for people at every stage of life and facing a variety of circumstances.
The City of Minneapolis supports the construction and preservation of affordable housing opportunities throughout Minneapolis using dollars from its own budget, as well as funding secured from federal and state agencies, Hennepin County and charitable foundations. The City uses these resources and leverages its own investment to continually build an inventory of attractive, high quality and affordable housing that also enhances neighborhood stability and sparks reinvestment by residents, businesses and other sectors of the community.
Airports/Airplanes - "Planes never seem to cease going overhead. Why doesn't the City do anything about it?"
The airport noise problem is one of the most vexing livability problems facing south Minneapolis. Under State law, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) operates Minneapolis-St. Paul International and is an independent municipality. As a result, Minneapolis and St. Paul have no legal authority over its operations.
Many airline and airport operations are governed by the Federal Aviation Authority and/or the courts. For example, the courts have ruled that night flights over residential areas cannot be banned since they would be a restriction of interstate commerce. The City, however, has reached agreements with MAC to limit night flights.
The City of Minneapolis and citizen activists continue to maintain a dialogue and negotiate with MAC on issues such as sound insulation, runway construction, and construction measures to limit noise problems.
I encourage concerned citizens to get involved with one of the grassroots organizations working on this problem and/or by letting their State and Federal elected officials know how they feel about airport laws and regulation.
Please visit The MAC Aviation Noise and Satellite Programs website to find out more about their activities. You can also learn more about sound issues, takeoff patterns, and strategies for noise issues.
Nuisance problems subject to regulation by the Animal Control Division include uncontrolled barking; feces that is not regularly cleaned up or disposed of properly; the number of adult cats and dogs at a particular property (which is limited to three without a permit); and dogs that are not properly confined. Regulations related to these common problems often include the requirements to provide adequate shelter to dogs kept outside, vaccinate dogs and cats against rabies, and obtain pet licenses for cats and dogs over 4 months of age.
Also, animal bites and incidents of aggressive behavior ought to be reported to the Animal Control Division. All of these reports are reviewed to determine whether a dog should be declared a danger to the public under city and/or state regulations. Many such declarations are made, and they often impose conditions and restrictions, e.g., that a dog must be muzzled or kept in a secure enclosure when not inside the owner’s house. Reported animal bites also involve a mandatory ten-day period of containment and observation to ensure that the victim does not need to have rabies shots. Questions about a particular problem may be addressed to Animal Control by calling (612) 348-4250.
Most businesses in the City require a business license to operate. Licensing is governed by the City’s Code of Ordinance. A license is granted by the City Council and administered by the Licensing and Consumer Services division. The business license sets certain health and safety standards and parameters for orderly use. Types of uses that require operating licenses include: restaurants, bars, grocery/convenience stores, auto repair garages, and construction trades. If a business violates conditions outlined in the Code, the City may have cause to revoke or penalize the license and shut down the use. For assistance with nuisance businesses, contact Regulatory Services at (612) 673-2080.
Children and Family Services – "I have a concern about the welfare of some children on my block. Who should I call?"
The purpose of Children and Family Services Department is to protect and ensure permanency for children, to preserve families and to strengthen communities by sensitive, effective and ethical use of resources. This involves child abuse prevention and early intervention, crisis intervention and family intervention. To make a complaint or for inquiries, call (612) 348-4111.
Dutch Elm Disease – "My tree has Dutch Elm disease and has to be removed…what happened and what do I do?"
East Phillips Lead Removal - "I heard that the East Phillips Neighborhood
See a map of the expanded EPA testing area.
Read the Lead Removal project overview (pdf) to see if you qualify.
If you would like to apply for inclusion in the lead removal program, please print and submit the application.
Also see the advertisement for the Lead Removal program (pdf).
Call Solid Waste customer service at (612) 673-2917 and they will help correct the problem. Click on
Solid Waste and Recycling to learn more about their polices and practices.
Graffiti has become an epidemic in the 9th Ward and my office is working with an interdepartmental task force within the City of Minneapolis to solve the problem. The most important thing you can do if victimized by graffiti is to clean it up as soon as possible. The long graffiti is visible, the more likely the area is to be victimized by more graffiti. The Result Minneapolis Graffiti Report shows total graffiti incidents and percent cleaned up within 20 working days for 2006-2008.
How can I prevent graffiti?
City inspections allows several days to clean up the graffiti once it is noticed by housing inspectors, however, the longer graffiti is visible, the greater the likelihood of crime happening in the area as a result. Please be as proactive as possible in addressing graffiti. Visit the Citys Graffiti Prevention web page for tips on preventing graffiti on your property.
For an in depth investigative report on the causes of and solutions to graffiti, download the The Standish and Ericsson Neighborhood Graffiti Investigation.
How does the city decide what graffiti to remove/paint over first?
City crews respond to graffiti complaints in the order in which they are received. Due to a fairly lengthy cold spell, there is currently a backlog of orders. As long as warmer temperatures continue, crews will be out working.
How warm does it have to be to remove/paint over graffiti?
There is not an exact temperature that prohibits or allows for graffiti removal or paint over. Products used to accomplish this vary and there are other factors that have an impact as well. It is generally safe to say that graffiti removal and paint over is effective when it is above freezing.
How do I report graffiti?
Complete an online graffiti report. Or, you can also call 311 and a call center agent will file a report for you.
Why report graffiti?
Graffiti has a negative effect on communities. Along with lowering neighborhood appeal, decreasing property values and driving away prospective home-buyers, it also attracts criminal activity. Worst of all, gang members use graffiti to promote themselves. Covering up this graffiti takes away this gang tool and improves the overall look of neighborhoods.
What if I see someone in the process of making graffiti?
Whenever you spot a crime in progress, call 911.
What do I do if I have information on a graffiti vandal?
The Minneapolis Police Department wants to know any information you have on suspected graffiti vandals. Call (612) 673-5722 to talk directly to an investigator at the MPD Graffiti Investigations Division.
What happens after I make a graffiti report?
The graffiti is photographed by Clean City crews. A complete report is sent to the Minneapolis Police Department for investigation. A letter is then sent to the property owner to inform them of the graffiti and give them two options:
Remove or paint over the graffiti themselves within 10 days.
Wait 10 days, allowing the City to remove the graffiti, and pay the removal costs.
Clean City crews will check the property after 10 days to ensure that the graffiti is cleaned. If graffiti is still present after 10 days, the City of Minneapolis will remove the graffiti and bill the property owner.
A free quart of graffiti removal solvent is available at all Minneapolis fire stations. It is recommended for removing graffiti from unpainted surfaces.
The solvent works best on smooth surfaces, such as vinyl or aluminum siding.
When using on porous surfaces, such as brick or stucco, apply the solvent and let it soak, then remove with a power washer, sand blaster or soda water blaster.
Do not use on a painted surface! The solvent will remove that original paint.
Hiawatha LRT traffic lights - What is the City doing about the LRT traffic light timing problems on Hiawatha?
Since the LRT opening in June, there have been traffic problems at intersections of Hiawatha and local streets near the LRT line. The traffic signals system along Hiawatha Avenue is owned by MnDOT. It will eventually be operated by Minneapolis under a maintenance agreement with MnDOT. Last spring, Public Works stepped in and assigned engineers to work full time with MnDOT and others to alleviate the situation. Over the summer some revisions to the signal timing and gate operations have been made. We also received a waiver from the State that exempts buses to stop before crossing the tracks.
We realized more work needed to be done and last summer, Public Works made a request to the Federal Highway Administration for technical assistance to identify and make recommendations on Hiawatha Ave traffic issues due to the LRT line. We have been meeting regularly with the Federal Highway (who also brought in national experts), State and Hennepin County on the Report.
Federal Highway Report Findings:
• To shorten the waits at signals, improve reduction in the delay time in raising gates after LRT vehicle passes the cross street.
• Revise LRT related timing parameters for the Hiawatha Avenue traffic signals to reflect slower LRT travel speeds and longer than anticipated station loading/dwell times.
• To improve traffic flow, add features to remotely cancel signal preemptions from the rail control center and at stations lacking that ability.
• Add an alarm system notifying the rail control center when gates are in a preempt condition for an extended period of time (this will make it faster to respond to train malfunctions that may be causing traffic delays).
• To improve response time, add emergency vehicle features that would allow enhanced information and priority service.
The City is working to implement all of these recommendations during 2005.
Homestead Fraud – "My neighbor is illegally taking the homestead tax credit but doesn’t live in the house. Who do I call?"
It is not uncommon to find rental properties that do not have a rental license and are illegally receiving homestead tax status. If you find this to be the case, this should be reported the City Assessor, who can try and recuperate back taxes owed to the city. The number for the City Assessor is (612) 673-2382.
The City’s Housing Maintenance Code governs interior and exterior condition of residential property. The Code is designed to ensure minimum maintenance and upkeep of residential structures. The code covers roofs, painting and siding, litter and debris in yards, ground cover, windows, screens, doors, and garages. The Code also specifies standards and conditions for interior maintenance such as safe and operable appliances, and plumbing. You can file a complaint with Housing Inspections by calling 311.
Housing Regulations - " A house in my neighborhood has grass over a foot tall. Don't they have to mow?"
If you ever have a question that you believe relates to housing regulations - such as yard maintenance, multiple cars on a property, or others - call 311 with your concern. They will refer the matter to the appropriate Housing Inspector who will investigate and resolve the issue as appropriate.
Illegal car repair- "My neighbor seems to have a car repair business in his garage, who should I call?"
The City’s zoning code dictates the type of use allowed within city structures and in certain areas of the city. Many uses, such as commercial auto repair, and commercial vehicles, are prohibited in residential areas. To file a complaint about illegal car repair in the neighborhood, call 311.
Often, when neighbors are dealing with problem individuals in their neighborhood, the police department requests that they fill out impact statements. Impact statements describe the effect this person and their actions have on the neighborhood.
Read an update on the current changes happening with traffic signals on Hiawatha.
With the opening of the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit line, there are a variety of problems that may occur in the area. If you have a problem or concern, the following contact information should help take care of the issue efficiently.
|Bus operation problems||Metro Transit Customer Relations |
(612) 373-3333, option 3
|Electricity is out||Residential/Businesses: |
Xcel Energy Customer Service 1-800-895-1999
|Traffic Light Failure Due to No Power: |
City of Minneapolis 24-hour signal hotline (612) 673-5720
|Graffiti/Litter on tracks or at station||Metro Transit Customer Relations |
(612) 373-3333, option 3
|Horns/General LRT related noise||Metro Transit Customer Relations |
(612) 373-3333, option 3
|Illegal Parking in the Neighborhood||City of Minneapolis Traffic Control, (612) 335-5932|
|Loitering/Panhandling at Metro Transit Stations||911 if behavior is an immediate threat |
Tip-line for non-emergencies - (612) 349-7222
|Parking Restrictions||City of Minneapolis Transportation Division, (612) 673-2411|
|Scheduling - bus/rail||Metro Transit Customer Relations at (612) 373-3333, option 3|
|Signal Timing or Traffic Flow on Hiawatha||City of Minneapolis Transportation Division, (612) 673-5750|
|Warning System Malfunction |
(Gate Arms, Lights, Bells, etc.)
|Metro Transit Customer Relations at (612) 373-3333, option 3|
Read more about the Midtown Exchange/Sears Building.
Allina is leasing, at market rate, 250,000 square feet of space for 20 years (with an option to renew). In accordance with Minnesota State Statute, tax increment will only be used on TIF eligible expenses. Adding them to the Midtown Exchange will bring nearly 1000 jobs to the project.
The City of Minneapolis did not "give up" $750,000 per year in property taxes to bring Allina to the Midtown exchange. Allina will be paying approximately $711,000 per year in property taxes on their office and parking spaces. Property taxes, normally distributed to the city, county, school district and other local jurisdictions. In this case, the existing tax increment financing will allow approximately 72% of the property taxes to be captured by, and distributed to the City of Minneapolis as gross tax increment. The remaining taxes will be used predominantly by the State of Minnesota for school funding.
The City of Minneapolis will take 5% of the gross tax increment for administrative purposes and the remaining tax increment will be distributed to Ryan Companies as reimbursement for eligible tax increment financing costs (per Minnesota State Statutes) associated with the redevelopment of the Midtown Exchange project. It is currently anticipated that, as a result of the lease between Ryan Companies and Allina, Ryan Companies will reimburse Allina for most or all of the property taxes associated with the space they lease.
Allina, like all non-profits, is required to pay property taxes when leasing space from private building owners. If Allina owned, rather than leasing their space, they would pay no property taxes, depriving the City of that income. If Allina had chosen to locate in St. Paul or Roseville, the other cities they considered, they would likely have paid no property taxes.
All Minneapolis parks come under the jurisdiction of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, a separate government entity. The Park Board staff can be reached at (612) 230-6400.
The elected Park Board is comprised of a board of 6 district and 3 at-large commissioners. For Ward 9, Scott Vreeland is our district commissioner and can be reached at (612) 721-7892.
Minneapolis Police Department is located at 350 South 5th Street, Room 130, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1389 and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
This email is not monitored 24 hours a day so if you need a police officer, call 911.
Other police numbers can be found in the City Services Directory or by calling 311
The City of Minneapolis works on many fronts to ensure the safety of its residents and visitors. While the Minneapolis Police and Fire departments are central to this effort, coordination among national, state and local public safety partners is critical to achieving this goal.
The list on the Results Minneapolis website contains a sample of measures to monitor progress in preventing, responding to and addressing crime, fire and other emergency events in the city.
Property Taxes - "Why Are My Property Taxes Rising?"
For more information on why your property taxes are rising and where they are going visit the City Assessor’s Office.
The rules for recreational fires were recently updated to meet the international fire code adopted several years ago by the City of Minneapolis.
It remains legal to have a recreational fire to burn material for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warming or similar purposes. This also includes portable freestanding fire places and chimneys. These fires must be kept smaller than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. In addition, fires must be at least 25 feet from a structure and have surrounding fire barrier of non-combustible material at least six inches high.
Other conditions for having a recreational fire apply. Only unpainted wood (not been treated with chemicals or preservatives), coal or charcoal can be burned. Burning of rubbish is prohibited. Buckets, shovels, garden hoses or a fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating must be readily available for use at recreational fires. Also, every recreational fire has to be attended by a competent person 18 years of age or older and completely extinguished before leaving the scene. Fires can only be conducted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. and when wind conditions do not exceed 10 mph. The Minneapolis Fire Chief, Chief of Police, Fire Prevention Bureau, Fire fighters, or officer of the police department can enforce these provisions through appropriate administrative and legal remedies, including issuance of a citation.
If you are concerned that a neighbor is violating the standards for a recreational fire, please contact 911.
Read more about the Recreational Fire Ordinance (pdf).
The City of Minneapolis requires that all rental property in the City be licensed. Under certain conditions the City can revoke a rental license, effectively shutting down the property. The most common reason for revocation of a rental license is disorderly use of rental property or Conduct on Premises. The types of activity that trigger a rental license revocation include: gambling, prostitution, drug dealing, noisy assemblies, and unlawful possession, sale or use of a weapon. Your SAFE Crime Prevention Specialist is responsible for working with the City Attorney’s Office and Housing Inspections to begin the revocation procedure. Licenses may be revoked include extreme housing code violations. To find out if a property has a current rental license (which it must in order to operate) call 311.
The Minneapolis Public Schools are under the independent jurisdiction of the Minneapolis School Board. You can call the Public Schools at (612) 668-0000 (TTY 668-0001) or visit them online at www.mpls.k12.mn.us . The website has a variety of resources to help you learn more about the public schools, including information about the School Board, Superintendent, and each school in the City.
Sidewalks and Snow Shoveling - "People are walking in the street, because some of the homeowners in my neighborhood haven't shoveled their sidewalks. What can be done about it?"
Property owners in Minneapolis are required by City ordinance to remove snow and ice from the public sidewalks adjacent to their properties.
Business/commercial property owners have to clear their sidewalks and/or put down salt or sand within four hours after snow or freezing rain has stopped falling. Residential owners have 24 hours to shovel snow and/or mitigate ice.
If you have concerns about a sidewalk near you, please call 311 to report the location. They will send out an inspector who will work to resolve the situation. Also, contact the sidewalk department if you have any questions about damaged sidewalks.
Solid Waste and Recycling Services in the Public Works Department is responsible for managing the city’s solid waste collection, recycling and graffiti program. They are responsible for making sure that the Collection Point near the alley is free of debris and litter. The Solid Waste Office is authorized to clean-up the area near the garbage cart and then assess the owner for the cost. Solid Waste & Recycling can be reached at (612) 673-2917.
Street cleaning occurs throughout the non-snow season. However, residents need to be especially aware of the two major operations in the spring and fall.
Public Works conducts a comprehensive, citywide sweep of all streets and alleys each spring, from early April through mid-May, in order to pick up the winter sand and other debris that collects over the winter. There is another comprehensive sweep and leaf collection of all streets (but not alleys) in the fall. This occurs from mid-October to mid-November (unless interrupted by significant snowfalls).
In order to provide the desired curb-to-curb cleaning for these operations, temporary signs to restrict parking are posted a day in advance, and parking restrictions are aggressively enforced with tagging and towing. During the rest of the season, Public Works is actively sweeping streets on a rotational basis, with special and added emphasis in the Chain-of-Lakes watershed areas. Residents are not required to move their vehicles for these operations, except on the rare occasions where they require more complete sweeping. In that case, temporary parking restriction signs would be posted.
There is some schedule rotation that occurs for the comprehensive spring and fall sweeps so that the same areas are not always first or last. For instance, if a particular neighborhood could not be swept in the fall because of early snow; all attempts would be made to put these streets first for the spring sweep. Many factors come into play when scheduling so it is difficult to predict very far in advance when a particular street will be swept. In general, people should be aware of the existence of, and watch for posted signs for the two major sweep events during the spring and fall.
If you have a particular need to know when your street may be cleaned use the Street Sweeping Schedule Lookup Keep in mind, weather and other factors can affect the schedule, even on short notice. Watch for the signs and have a back-up plan to get your car moved if you are away. The city’s public works webpage is also a good resource for questions about street repairs and snow plowing.
Please note that it is a violation of City ordinances to rake leaves into the street. Leaves raked into the street will create significant public safety, flooding, and pollution problems. The proper disposal method is to bag all your leaves, including from the boulevard, and put them out with your solid waste collection. The schedule for yard waste pick-up can be obtained from Solid Waste at (612) 673-2917 or by visiting the citys yard waste webpage.
There are over 35,000 street lights in the City of Minneapolis, and Public Works needs your help to replace the burned out lights. If you have a light out on your block, please call 311.
Learn more about the stormwater management fee and the credit program.
Built in 1986, the existing Third Precinct facility consists of a 15,000 square foot two-story structure with a basement situated at the corner of E. Lake St. and Minnehaha Ave., and an adjoining semi-secure parking lot with access to Snelling Avenue. Currently, the building is undergoing a $4,830,000 expansion.
Since the building opened in 1986, space needs within the Third Precinct have changed significantly. Criminal activity in the service area of the Third Precinct has increased dramatically, and changes in department policy, new services, and programs have been added. As a result, the staff size and operational needs of the facility have increased. Originally the facility was designed to accommodate 110 full time staff members. Today the facility is operating with a staff of 189 members, and personnel is projected to increase to more than 220 by the year 2020.
Consequently, much of the office space within the facility is now crowded beyond capacity, and spaces originally designed as support areas, interview rooms, conference rooms, and storage rooms, have been converted for use as a result. Parking is also affected by the increased staff size. The existing parking lot was sized for 46 vehicles and is not nearly large enough to accommodate the number of vehicles currently assigned to the facility (more than 100). There are currently no accommodations for off-street parking for the public. The facility is deficient in a number of other areas such as building code, energy code, and ADA accessibility. In addition, the existing exterior structure is seriously water damaged due to a failure in the buildings waterproofing system.
The Scope of the Project envisions a major remodeling and renovation of the existing building and expansion on the site in order to alleviate the overcrowding and to provide for the increased operational needs of the Third Precinct. The basic concept as proposed by the City of Minneapolis, calls for a three-story expansion with a full finished basement, each level providing approximately 6,000SF of completed office space. The existing building exterior will be removed, water damage repaired and a new masonry exterior constructed. The remaining portion of the original site shall be designed to provide for parking including public and handicapped parking. In addition, the City of Minneapolis has acquired two (2) adjacent parcels (3023 and 3033 Snelling Avenue), and as part of the Project is constructing a parking lot on this property to provide for the operational parking needs of the Third Precinct.
Traffic Calming - " Speeding keeps increasing on my block. How do we get speed bumps and more stop signs?"
Requests for traffic calming devices are among the most frequent requests by my office. When received, we refer the request to the Transportation division of Public Works. They study the situation and report if changes to the current engineering are or are not recommended.
Their recommendations are based on well-established standards that measure traffic volume, speed, and accidents, as well as pedestrian volume. In many situations, no changes are recommended. In other situations, the solution may require neighborhood funding. Speed bumps, for example, are eligible for many streets, but the City does not pay for them. If a block wants to install speed humps they are responsible for securing funding, which runs about $4500 for a pair.
Stop sign installation, in addition to the standards used, is based on a city ordinance -- the Minneapolis Stop Sign Policy. Under this policy, there is a plan for the entire City and the ordinance does not allow for exceptions.
Trucks - "I frequently hear loud trucks coming near my home. I thought trucks were supposed to stay on large roads. What are the rules for trucks and what can I do if I see a truck on the wrong road?"
There are two types of designated truck routes that regulate where trucks of different sizes may travel.
|10 Ton||Trucks over 10 tons (20,000 lbs. per axle) |
must use these roads for their primary travel.
|3 to 9 Ton||Trucks between 3 and 9 tons (6,000 to 18,000 lbs. per axle) |
may use these roads.
Note: To determine whether a truck meets the standards for the above truck routes, you must compare gross weight in pounds marked on the truck to the above numbers. Some trucks may cite their gross weight versus axle weight. Dividing the gross weight by the number of axles determines the per axle weight for truck routes.
Trucks over 3 tons must use the appropriate truck routes for as much of their travel as practical. They may divert to other streets for the last few blocks to reach their final destination. A diversion onto non-truck route streets is determined by the driver based on turning restrictions, on-street parking, and the approach direction to the destination. Trucks under 3 tons (UPS two-axle delivery truck, for example) may use any city street.
Many of the trucking companies use smaller, short haul trucks to make deliveries in the city, because large semi trucks often have trouble making turns on city streets. However, some semis do continue to deliver in the city.
If you believe a large truck is traveling on the wrong road, please call 311. If you can identify and provide the trucking company, license plate, and/or its destination it can help Minneapolis Traffic Control resolve the situation.
Also, businesses are not allowed to receive overnight deliveries in any residentially zoned and used area unless they are doing such within an insulated building. Therefore, you should not hear trucks idling and making deliveries between the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am. Loud, late-night deliveries in your neighborhood should be reported to 311.
- 348-SNOW hotline. The recorded message is updated frequently and includes parking information car owners need.
- City Website - www.minneapolismn.gov . The website has a number of resources about snow emergencies:
1. Parking Status Icon. On the homepage, throughout the winter, residents will find an icon on the left side of the City homepage which notifies residents about the current status - snow emergency or normal parking. If winter parking restrictions are put into effect - in the event heavy snow fall raises concerns about the ability of emergency vehicles to access residential streets - that will also be posted on the home page.
2. Minneapolis Snow Season Parking Information page. This page on the City website has any information you may want about Minneapolis' snow season including snow emergency regulations, parking status, Snoases, and tips about shoveling and plowing.
3. Email Notification Sign-Up. Sign up here if you would like to receive an email whenever a snow emergency is declared. This page can also be accessed from the Minneapolis Snow Season Parking Information page.
4. "I just heard on the radio that parking around the city has been limited to one side of the street until April. Why?"
Certain years, the snowfall is so heavy and frequent that, even with regular plowing, the piles of snow begin to encroach into parking lanes, and parked cars in turn begin to encroach into driving lanes. When the streets get too narrow as a result of this encroachment, it can be impossible or difficult for emergency vehicles - fire trucks and ambulances - to get down the streets.
As a result, to ensure public safety, the City declares winter parking restrictions. On non-snow emergency routes, parking on the street is restricted to one side. The side where parking is banned changes from year to year and will be announced when the restrictions are declared.
Winter Parking Restrictions are announced through the local radio and television stations. Also, an icon announcing the restrictions will be placed on the left side of the City home page - MinneapolisMN.gov.
- Television and Radio - when a snow emergency is declared, Twin Cities radio and television stations are notified and announce the declaration.
- Snow Emergency Information Brochure - In November, the City will mail all homes in the city a copy of this year's snow emergency regulations.
Please remember, when clearing your sidewalks, yard paths or driveway, don’t shovel or blow snow into streets or alleys. In addition to making driving in the road or alley more difficult for your neighbors, it is a violation of City ordinances.
Variances - " The contractor building my new garage says I need a variance before I can build. What is it and how do I get it?"
A variance is an authorization to depart from the general requirements of the City's zoning regulations. For example, zoning regulations govern how large a garage you may build and where on your property it may be located. Variances to these and other types of zoning regulations may be granted where strict adherence would cause undue hardship due to circumstances unique to the property.
Receiving a variance involves completing an application, satisfying applicable legal requirements, and holding a public hearing. For complete information and application procedures, please contact 311.
Ward 9 Neighborhoods - " I'd like to get more involved in my neighborhood. How do I contact my neighborhood association?"
Neighborhood associations are always looking for new ideas and volunteers, please consider getting involved with yours. The 9th Ward is made up of eight neighborhoods: Powderhorn Park; Corcoran; Standish; Longfellow; Midtown Phillips; Howe; East Phillips and Ventura Village. Seven neighborhood groups represent those neighborhoods. Click on the neighborhood group’s name to go to your neighborhood’s website:
Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (Corcoran)
Longfellow Community Council (Longfellow, Howe)
Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association (Standish, Ericsson)
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (Powderhorn Park)
Midtown Phillips Improvement Coalition, Inc.
East Phillips Neighborhood Organization
Ventura Village Neighborhood Association
Last updated Mar. 6, 2012