- Living Here
- Property Maintenance
Our exclusive Code Cash Home Improvement Grant is available to qualified residents to help remedy minor property code violations. These are 50% match grants, up to $2,000, to help those who have received a property maintenance code violation from the City and meet at least two additional qualifying factors:
- be of socio-economic disadvantage
- be a Senior (65+) or have a disability
- received a maintenance code violation that is a risk to life/safety.
If you've received a code violation for your home and meet the above qualifications, you can apply online for Code Cash.
Property Maintenance & Code Enforcement
The City of Burnsville has ordinances in place that help ensure homes and other property are well-maintained, safe and don’t impact the quality of life of others in a neighborhood.
Code Enforcement Process
When properties do not meet the standards outlined in the City Code, the City may issue a Notice of Violation requesting that the violation(s) be addressed. If the problem is not fixed within a specified period of time, the City may then issue an Administrative Citation.
- Step One: Violation Identified
Violation is noted during an inspection or by verifying a public complaint.
- Step Two: First Notice
Property owner is sent a Notice of Violation letter and generally will have up to 10 days to correct the violation(s).
- Step Three: Administrative Citation
If the violation is not corrected after the first notice, the property owner must pay a $120 fine and may have up to seven (7) additional days to correct the violation(s).
- Step Four: Further Enforcement Action
If the violation is not corrected after the first notice followed by the administrative citation, next steps could include any combination of additional administrative citations and criminal citations, resulting in a mandatory court appearance.
Administrative Citations & Appeals
If you would like to request an administrative appeal hearing regarding a code violation, re-inspection fee, or corrective license action pursuant to City Code Section 1-4-7, you must submit this Appeal Form and the appropriate filing fee to the City Clerk's Office within 14 calendar days of receiving an Administrative Citation.
- Address Numbers
Homeowners are encouraged to place house numbers on their properties in ways that will allow public safety personnel to easily see them from the street. This includes numbers that are reflective, at least four inches high and a color that will stand out from the background so that they can be seen both night and day. (City Code 8-5)
- Exterior Storage
Exterior storage is not allowed. (City Code 10-7-21)
- Home-Based Businesses
Home-based businesses are allowed, but the exterior parking of trailers or equipment associated with the business is not allowed. (City Code 10-12a-2)
- International Property Maintenance Code
Resident’s and business owners must keep lawns mowed and maintained at a height no greater than eight (8) inches. (City Code 7-1-9)
All structures, including fences, sheds and retaining walls, must be in good condition. Peeling paint must be removed and surfaces refinished. (City Code 10-7)
- Overnight Parking
Vehicles may not be parked on any City street between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. 365-days-year. The public can request a temporary on-street parking permit. (City Code 9-1-3)
- Recreational Vehicles
Recreational Vehicles (motor homes, boats and trailers, utility trailer, etc.) may be stored on the property, but must meet the criteria of this section. (City Code 7-1-8)
- Responsible Pet Owners
Pet excrement may not be left on any public or private property within the City. (City Code 6-2-9) If Animal Control is needed, contact American Boarding Kennels at 952-894-3647.
Rubbish, including brush and yard clippings, is not allowed to accumulate on the property. Placing leaves or grass in the street is also prohibited. (City Code 7-1-2)
- Refuse and Recycling Containers
Trash and recycling containers may be stored outside on the side or rear of house only or stored inside the garage. (City Code 7-1-10)
- Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke alarms need to be installed in every sleeping area/bedroom and on every level of your home. Carbon monoxide detectors need to be installed on every floor of the home and within 10 feet of sleeping areas/bedrooms.
All parked vehicles must be currently licensed, operable and parked only on the approved driveway surface of concrete, asphalt or pavers, or stored in the garage. (City Code 10-7-26)
- Chickens and Poultry
A maximum of four hens are allowed on residential properties in Burnsville if they adhere to the housing and setback requirements. Conditions may be inspected at any time.
- *Roosters and drakes are prohibited
- Not allowed on any street, park, lake or public pond
- *Slaughtering is prohibited within residential districts
- Chickens cannot be raised for fighting
- Hens must be kept in the backyard in a coop or a fenced outside yard and screened from view with a solid fence or landscaping
- Not allowed in a home or garage
- Grains and feed must be stored in rodent-proof containers
- Conditions must be healthy, sanitary and free of objectionable odors
- Coops and fencing must match zoning code and be set back at least 50 feet of any residential structure on adjacent (neighboring) lots and at least 10 feet from a property line
- Coops must be 12-24 inches off the ground with a maximum size of 10 square feet and no more than six feet high
- Fenced areas must adhere to a maximum size of 20 square feet and six feet in height and must have overhead netting
- Fenced runs can be wood or woven wire material
*Exceptions may be allowed with additional requirements if you own a property in a one-family rural residential district (R-1A) zone.
At this time, beekeeping is allowed within zoning districts designated as one-family rural residential (R-1A), as long as the hives meet the accessory structure setbacks and are managed responsibly. Beekeepers must provide an on-site water source, adequate living space and management of unusual, aggressive behavior or swarming of the honey bees.