Conducting City Business

City buildings remain closed to the public with the exception of Blaine City Hall which is open by appointment only. Specific information regarding appointment scheduling can be found in each department section below. Most city business can still be conducted remotely by contacting staff by email or phone. You can find contact information at

By Appointment Only

Building Status

  • Blaine City Hall
    (by appointment only, see specific department information for details)
    10801 Town Square Drive NE
  • Blaine Public Works
    (closed to the public)
    1801 101st Avenue NE
  • Mary Ann Young Center
    (closed for all large group senior programming; one on one appointments are available for specific services)
    9150 Central Ave NE
  • All city park buildings
    (closed, except for small group meetings and classes)

How to Conduct Business Without Coming to City Facilities

While city hall is open by appointment only, the majority of city business can continue to be conducted without in person meetings. City staff will continue to be reachable by phone or email. To reach city staff, please view the complete staff directory. If you are unsure of who to contact, please call 763-784-6700 or email

Some services are currently suspended, these services include:

  • Car seat checks
  • Bike helmet fittings

New Options to Communicate with the City

The City of Blaine has new options available to communicate with the city. 

  • Online Chat - On the city website, look for the new chat feature in the bottom right hand corner. 
  • Text the City - Residents can text the city with COVID-19 related questions at 763-292-4569. 

City staff is available Monday - Friday 8AM to 4:30PM to answer questions and guide visitors to the correct information. Both options allow for after hours contact, just leave your message and city staff will respond between normal business hours.

Departments Offering In-Person Appointments

  1. Building Inspections
  2. City Clerk
  3. Community Standards
  4. Elections
  5. Engineering
  6. Parks and Recreation
  7. Planning
  8. Police Department
  9. Utility Billing
  1. Conducting City Business

    Building inspections of interior privately occupied homes are currently being completed by a virtual inspection. You will need access to FaceTime on an iPhone or a Skype like app for other types of phones. When you schedule your inspection, the scheduler will give you a half hour window during which the inspector will call you for your virtual inspection. Commercial and new construction inspections will continue as normal.

    Plan Review Time

    • Review time is up to 15 business days due to the COVID-19 process and the busy construction season.

    Scheduling Inspections

    • 612-422-3285

    Dropbox Plan Submittal Questions

    • 612-206-6883

    Licensing and Certificate of Occupancy Questions

    • 612-422-3291

    Septic System Questions

    • 612-240-9611

    All Other Questions

    • 612-206-6883
    • 612-422-3291
    • 612-240-9611

    Plan Submittal Process

    See individual permit requirements for residential and commercial construction.

  2. Blaine City Hall is Open by Appointment Only

    You can access permit applications, requirements, and submittal information at Most city business can still be conducted remotely by contacting staff by email or phone. You can find contact information at If you have questions or a request that were not answered on the building inspections page, please schedule an appointment request.

    Once your request is received, you will be contacted by a building inspections team member to assist you and prepare for your appointment.

    Building inspections is available for in-person appointments for:
    • Property Inquiries
    • Residential Permit Assistance
    • Commercial Permit Assistance
    Please remember that everyone visiting city hall must wear a face mask before entering city hall and at all times while in the building. If you do not have a face mask, the city will provide a disposable one to you.

    Book an Appointment

Connect with Other City Departments

  1. Blaine City Council, Boards, and Commissions
  2. Human Resources
  3. Mary Ann Young Center
  4. Public Works

Blaine City Council, Boards, and Commissions

  1. The Blaine City Council and other boards and commissions will continue to meet. However, the meetings will not be held at Blaine City Hall. All meetings will be held virtually until further notice. There are multiple ways for the public to still participate in the meetings before and during the actual meeting.

    Public Comment Before a Meeting
    City staff has developed a public comment process for virtual meetings. A public comment email address,, and phone number, 763-717-2782, allow individuals to submit comments prior to a meeting. Those comment boxes are available until noon on the day of the meeting. The comments will be compiled and delivered to the Blaine City Council or the appropriate commission or advisory board.

    Public Comment During a Meeting

    During the meeting, members of the public who wish to comment during public comment periods will be asked to join the meeting on the Zoom webinar platform. Meeting attendees will be able to click the raise hand button, this will alert city staff that an individual wishes to comment. When it is time for comments, individuals will be recognized and their microphones will be enabled allowing them to comment. Zoom meeting information can be found in the calendar notification and on the agenda for each meeting. For more information and to view the meeting calendar, visit

    Ways to Watch a Meeting

    If you do not wish to comment on an item but still want to watch the meeting you are asked to watch through all the normal methods the city provides. You can watch on the Blaine city cable channel which is available on Comcast (channel 799 and 16) or through the free North Metro TV app on Apple TV or Roku. You can also watch a live stream at

    Any questions regarding Blaine City Council meetings, please contact City Clerk Cathy Sorensen at 763-785-6124 or

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