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    Community Standards

The Community Standards Department is comprised of three divisions, Neighborhood Services, Fire Inspections, and Housing Services. These divisions:

  • Protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community through enforcement of the Minnesota Uniform Fire Code, Blaine Code of Ordinances, and Blaine Zoning Ordinances.
  • Eliminate the spread of blight, protect property values, and ensure safe, healthy neighborhoods through enforcement of community standards initiated with complaints and proactive neighborhood observations.
  • Ensure safe commercial, industrial, and residential structures through a comprehensive fire prevention program involving plan review, inspections, and investigations.
  • Promote voluntary home improvements, code compliance, and fire safety through education programs, incentive programs, and housing rehabilitation loans.
  • Ensure that the rental units within Blaine are safe and well maintained through the rental licensing and inspection program.
  • Support the volunteer fire department through emergency response, pre-incident plans, reduction of fire calls, and installation of automatic extinguisher systems.
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