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Overview of Exterior Property
All exterior property areas must be properly maintained. Areas must be free from debris, rubbish, garbage, hazards, rodents and infestation. MGO 27.05(2)(c)
When we observe an exterior violation, we mail an Official Notice to the property owner. The notice directs the owner to resolve the issue by a due date, usually ten days. When the due date arrives, the inspector will reinspect to ensure compliance. If the issue is resolved, the case is closed. If the issue is not fixed by the due date, we will issue a $187.00 ticket to the owner. We will also set a new due. If after the due date the issue is still not fixed, we will mail a second citation for $313.00. If, after a third ticket, the property is still in non-compliance, we will refer the owner to the City Attorney for prosecution.
- Failure to remove snow from the sidewalk
- Erosion problems and graffiti
- Inoperable cars and front yard parking issues
- Trash in yards
- Tall grass and weeds
Want to learn more? Download the Exterior Property Enforcement Guide (PDF)