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The Blaine Wetland Sanctuary is experiencing a significant problem with invasive, non-native (exotic) species, which has deteriorated the native ecosystem. Removing the invasive, non-native species and exposing the native seed bank will allow the area to reestablish the native plant community and its habitat value.
Wetland restoration is the removal of non-native invasive and overabundant native woody trees and non-native invasive herbaceous species such as reed canary grass. The methods to restore the wetland involve tree cutting, mowing, prescribed burns, herbicide treatments, and inter-seeding to promote under story diversity to plant species.
A wetland bank is a wetland, stream, or other aquatic resource area that has been restored, established, enhanced, or (in certain circumstances) preserved for the purpose of providing compensation for unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources.
The city has hired E.G. Rud and Sons, Inc., to provide an independent survey of the city property lines. Individual property information is available on at online or at Blaine City Hall.
Four sets of hard copies for new buildings and additions, plus one additional set for civil utilities and two sets of hard copies for tenant finish.
Electronic signatures are acceptable.
Three to five weeks is the current review period.
Not at this time.
No, however separate submissions and permits are required for plumbing, mechanical, fire sprinkler systems, and utilities as applicable. Electrical permits and inspections are through the MN State Board of Electricity.
Yes, two sets of plans detailing the extent of the demolition are required when submitting for this permit.
Yes, general and all sub-contractors need to be licensed before the permit is issued.
No just prior to issuing the permit.
See city contractor’s license application for details.
Separate applications and permits are required for plumbing, mechanical, fire sprinkler systems, and utilities as applicable. Electrical permits and inspections are through the MN State Board of Electricity.
Landlord approval is required at permit application for a demolition permit.
If there is a landlord permit, additional finish permits may be permitted, prior to the completion of the landlord work, even if the same sub-contractors are being used.
Electrical permits and inspections are through the MN State Board of Electricity. Questions regarding low voltage work are to be directed to the MN State Board of Electricity.
No – separate permits and submittals are through Fire (Community Standards).
Yes. Please mail to:
10801 Town Square Drive NE
Blaine, MN 55449
No but the city will need the application signed by the general contractor when they have been selected. An application will need to be submitted with the plans this can be signed by the architect.
Not for tenant finish permits. For some projects going through a planning department site plan approval process, a portion of the plan review fee is collected.
Building permit fees are due at permit pick up.
A SAC determination is required my Metropolitan Council Environmental Services which may result in additional fees. Please see the details on the application.
Please reference our information regarding locating your property markers.
The inspection generally will occur within one day of the request. Written comments should be available within three to four days unless an exceptional hazard is proposed which requires more research.
The cost of the certificate of occupancy permit is $60.
No, unless remodeling is proposed or unless construction occurred without permits the existing construction can remain unless a very unusual distinct hazard exists.
The sprinkler requirements are the same with or without this program. Hazardous occupancies require sprinkling. Flammable liquid spray booths require sprinkling. Existing buildings occupied by a more hazardous use require sprinkling. Existing building which increases the occupant load by greater than 50% require sprinkling.
The Blaine City Council has established a loan program for fire protection improvements that may assist people in obtaining financing necessary fire related improvements.
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2. What is the cost? All fees are listed at the top of the application.
3. How long does it take to obtain the license? Massage Enterprise applications require an extensive background investigation and also need to be approved City Council. City Council meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Once City Council has approved the license, the background is complete and a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued, you will receive your license and may conduct business.
Massage Therapists also require a background check. These backgrounds are usually complete within 2 weeks. When the background is approved, the City Clerk’s office will contact the Enterprise or therapist to come in for a photo identification badge and pick up their license.
4. If I am not approved, will I receive a refund? The license fee will be refunded but the background fee is non-refundable.
5. If I have a license, can I work at any Massage Enterprise in Blaine? No. You are only licensed to work at the Massage Enterprise where you are licensed.
6. Is my schooling accredited by the State of Minnesota? Before completing an application, call the City Clerk’s office at (763) 785-6122 to find out if your school is accredited by the State of Minnesota. If it is not, you will not be able to apply without attending a school that is accredited.
7. How many hours of schooling do I need? 500 hours of education from an accredited institution with the State of Minnesota.
8. Do I need to complete a Certificate of Occupancy (Enterprise Only)? Yes. Any new business needs to contact the City of Blaine Inspections Division (763) 785-6170 to have a Certificate of Occupancy issued. The Inspections Division and Fire Department will conduct a walk thru and once the Certificate of Occupancy is issued, the background is complete and all criteria have been met, a license will be issued. You are not allowed to work until you have received your license.
9. Is there a limit to the number of Massage Enterprise licenses allowed in the City? Yes. The City has a 1:2,500 population ratio for Massage Enterprises. If a license is not available, applications will be accepted on a first come basis.
2. What is the cost? $100 license fee/$250 deposit per day
If you are having an event in a park and are required to pay a deposit to the Parks & Recreation Department, this deposit will be waived.
If your event is on a weekend, you will need to contact Community Standards (763) 785-6187 to ensure an inspection can be completed and the cost of the inspection.
3. How long does it take to obtain the license? It depends on the size of the special event and when all the paperwork is turned in. The application, fees, additional required forms should all be sent at one time. Large events need City Council approval. City Council meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. The Police Department requires 30 days to complete a background investigation. Please allow ample time to process your license.
4. Can I serve alcohol? Alcohol can be served by a licensed caterer or non-profit organization. A copy of the State issued caterer’s permit or proof of non-profit organization status and certificate of liability insurance naming the City of Blaine as an additional insured with the dates/times of the event must be provided. 5. Can I have outdoor amplified music? Yes. The noise ordinance must be followed and you will need to meet all the requirements of Community Standards/Fire Department. 6. Do I need to notify area residents of the event? Many large events and events with music do require a range of resident notification.
7. Can we have fireworks? Yes, with approval/inspection from the Fire Department. Please contact Community Standards (763) 785-6187.
8. Can we put up signs? Yes. Contact Planning (763)785-6180. Additional fees and application form.
9. Can I put up tents? Yes. Contact Community Standards (763)785-6187. Additional fees and application form.
10. What if traffic is impacted? If additional traffic control is needed, work with the Police Department (763) 785-6135 to set up any additional Officers or outside services needed to control traffic and parking.
Blaine City Council meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. The meetings begin at 7:30PM in the Council Chambers at Blaine City Hall. Council workshops are held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Monday of each month at 6PM in the Clover Leaf Farm room at Blaine City Hall.
Yes. Both council meetings and council workshops are open to the public.
Workshops include city staff presentations and council discussions. No formal actions are taken at council workshops. Workshops do not include public input, but the public is welcomed to attend and sit in the audience at council workshops.
At Blaine City Council meetings, there is an open forum for residents to speak to the council. During open forum the public is invited to speak on any topic that is not a part of an agenda item later in the meeting. Each speaker is given three minutes to address the council during open forum. Public input is also taken on agenda items throughout the council meeting.
The City of Blaine is divided into three council wards. A map of council wards is available at blainemn.gov/maps.
Yes. The City of Blaine has a government access channel that is broadcast on the Comcast cable network. Channel 16 in Blaine shows live city meetings and replays of previous meetings. Meetings are also available as a live stream on the city website.
The term for both the Mayor and Councilmembers is four years. There are no term limits. The City of Blaine is divided into three council wards. Each ward has two councilmembers. The mayor is elected by the entire city.
A quorum of four councilmembers is required for most votes. A majority vote is needed to approve motions, resolutions and ordinances.
The traffic signals on TH 65 are operated by MNDOT. The signals are coordinated to move traffic on TH 65, so side streets get less green time. If you have a specific concern, you can contact MNDOT directly – Kevin Schwartz at 651-234-7840.
Print off application, fill out and mail a check to the Blaine Housing Department. You may pay with cash or credit card at city hall.
If you had a license the previous year, we will mail you the renewal application in May. This will be mailed to the owner, not the tenant or manager.
The rental license year runs 6/1 - 5/31 each year.
Yes. The owner MUST attend the interior inspection. The tenant can choose to be there if they want. You do not need to schedule or attend the exterior inspection. Interior inspections are Monday through Friday and usually take about 20 minutes.
Parks are open to the public from 5AM to 10PM. The beach, boathouse, and pavilions have different hours.
We begin taking applications for summer employment on February 1 through March. Employment runs from approximately June 1 until mid-August.
Typically, the restrooms open on April 1 and close on November 1.
The Little League program is run through the Blaine Area Little League. Registration information can be found at ba-littleleague.org. Most sports are offered through volunteer based athletic associations.
The Parks and Recreation Department offers non-competitive, recreational, instructional soccer. All other soccer is run by the Blaine Soccer Club.
Payment is accepted in the following ways:
Yes, a contractor’s license is required to install signs within the City of Blaine. You can access the contractor’s license permit application by visiting our Building Inspection page. The fee for a contractor’s license is $35 for a one year period. The City requires contractor information prior to issuance of any permits, and generally the contractor is listed as the applicant on the permit application. Visit Contractor's License - Signs.
Please visit the city's mapping application. Users are able to type in any address and get the zoning classification for the property.
View the zoning ordinance to locate all standards that apply to your property.
The planning department administrative assistant can provide an official zoning classification letter for your property. Please call 763-785-6180 or email to request a letter. There is a charge of $30 for this service.
The Administration Assistant can direct you to the appropriate Planning personnel to walk you through the process of applying for a site plan approval for your property. This application is not provided online. If you need to go through site plan approval for a project, please contact the Planning Department at 763-785-6180 or Email the Planning Department
The City’s Zoning Ordinance discusses home occupations in Chapter 33.11. If you have questions on home occupations please contact the Planning Department at 763-785-6180 or the Planning Department. The Administration Assistant can direct you to the appropriate Planning personnel to determine if you home occupation is allowed. View
Child car seat inspections are done on an appointment only basis and are free for Blaine residents.
For more information, visit the
Connexus Energy 763-323-2600Xcel Energy 1-800-895-4999
They may ask you for a pole number, that number can be found 6 to 10 feet up, on the street side of the light pole.
Water system flushing (also known as hydrant flushing) is a routine maintenance process that involves the systematic ‘flushing’ of the water distribution lines to remove sediment and improve water quality. When flushing, fire hydrants are opened, increasing the velocity of the water moving through the pipes. This process cleans the pipes and removes the sediments that can affect the taste and color of our drinking water.
Flushing is a routine maintenance process that removes sediment and improves water quality. Without regular flushing, sediment can build up in the pipes and affect the quality, taste and color of our drinking water.
Isolated areas of the city, especially on cul-de-sacs or small development areas, do not draw water through the system at high velocities. This lets any sediment in the water to precipitate out and settle on the bottom of the pipes. Fall flushing in these areas helps to remove the sediment and maintain higher quality of water in our system.
After the water is de-chlorinated, it is discharged into the storm drainage system.
The flushing process doesn't typically interrupt water service, but it can happen on occasion. A loss of water pressure is more common. Your water also may appear cloudy or discolored for a short time.
Wait until the nearby flushing is completed, remove faucet aerators and filters and run your COLD water for 5-10 minutes. If your water still isn’t clear, wait 30 minutes and try again. If you run the water in a bathtub, it speeds up the cleaning process and provides a light background to help you monitor the discoloration. Another option is to run the garden hose, weather permitting, until the water clears. Though discolored, the water can be used on plants and landscape.
Please minimize water use while crews are in your neighborhood. To avoid the risk of drawing sediments into your hot water tank, do not use any hot water. Avoid doing laundry during this time as the sediments in the water may cause stains.
Yes. The sediments that get stirred up may not be aesthetically pleasing and can cause the water to discolor and stain laundry, but they are not harmful.
Before drying, rewash the clothes when both the cold and hot water are clear. Non-chlorine bleach (such as Clorox II) may be used to help remove the stains. Do not use chlorine bleach.
Flushing is an essential preventative maintenance strategy for our water system and also provides an opportunity to inspect the fire hydrants for operation and safety.
For additional information, please contact Utility Supervisor at 763-785-6165 for more information.
Water may come become discolored with a brown tint or cloudy due to a number of things happening in the water distribution system. There can be several reasons why you experience discoloration, such as:
This type of work could stir up sediment that has collected in the water main and happened to flow through the system into your home. Although it is not harmful, it may cause stains in your laundry.
First, we always recommend that you contact the Public Works Department at 763-785-6165. Staff will be able to answer your questions and provide assistance. It also helps us hear about potential problem areas in your neighborhood so we can respond if necessary.
Remove faucet aerators and filters and fully open your COLD water taps, let them run for 5-10 minutes. If you run the cold water in a bathtub or laundry tub, it speeds up the cleaning process and may provide a light background to help you monitor the discoloration. If your water still isn’t clear, wait 30 minutes and try again. Another option, weather permitting, is to run an outside spigot without the garden hose until the water clears. Though discolored, the water can be used on plants and landscape.
In most cases, the odor is present only when the water is first turned on or when hot water is run. If you notice this smell in your drinking water, it probably contains hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas. Hydrogen sulfide gas produces a strong and unpleasant “rotten egg” or “sulfur” odor and taste. Sulfur, sulfates and hydrogen sulfates are naturally occurring minerals in our groundwater and are not generally considered harmful because the taste and odor is so unpleasant at such low levels that the taste and smell would prohibit most people from drinking it well before it reached harmful levels.Water heaters can produce hydrogen sulfide gas by providing a warm environment for sulfate-reducing bacteria to live. Heat forces the gas into the air which may cause the odor to be especially offensive in a shower. Also, the magnesium anode in the water heater supplies electrons that sustain the reaction of sulfate to hydrogen sulfide gas. One of the simplest things you can do if your water has an odor is to check the temperature setting on your water heater. Hydrogen sulfide gas builds up in the water heater when the water doesn't get heated to a high enough temperature to burn off the gas. Builders and realtors often drop the temperature down to the lowest setting, to save on the heating costs before the home is occupied. Here’s what you can do:
You may actually use less hot water this way because the temperature is regulated by mixing with more cold water at the showerhead or sink tap.
The water is treated with chlorine at the water treatment plants and well houses throughout the City. The City treats its water supply to protect against Total Coliform. The City chlorinates within the State guidelines, but occasionally, you may smell chlorine in the water because we chlorinate to meet demand and insure safe water quality.
If you notice a chlorine or bleach smell coming from your water, run your COLD water line for 5-10 minutes. If it does not dissipate, or you have additional questions, you can contact Public Works at 763-785-6165 to speak with someone in the Water Department.
Water heaters should be flushed every one to three years, depending on the model and water source. Sediment buildup in the tank can reduce your water heater's energy efficiency and also clog your water lines. Avoid these problems and increase the life of your unit by flushing the tank.
How to Flush the Tank
In cases where refunds are due, a credit or refund will be processed as requested by the applicant.
A routine rate is charged for RPS job requests. The current routine rate for RPS Officers is $90/hour with a three hour minimum. A holiday rate for RPS Officers is $180/hr with a three hour minimum. For special events, we require one officer per one thousand of expected attendance. If alcohol is served, there will be required two officers per one thousand of expected attendance. Under certain unique circumstances of a special event, city staff will evaluate the event and the number of officers may be adjusted with specific justification and deviation to the event organizer (see Special Event Ordinance 70-42). Administrative fees will be charged to an event organizer on the following schedule:
This fee is for staff time to organize and coordinate the logistics, meetings and any other preparation for the event.
The holiday rate will apply to all jobs that begin on the following holidays:
NOTE: The contract application will reflect the minimum hours charged. The above rate schedule is subject to change. The applicant will be notified of such changes as soon as possible before the increase.
Marked police vehicles may be used if they are requested by the applicant and are reasonably required to adequately complete the job the officer(s) are hired to perform. The use of marked police vehicles will be authorized by the Administrative Services Captain on a case by case basis. There will be NO additional fee for the use of a marked police vehicle when approved.
The Police Department reserves the right to deny use of marked squad.
These general staffing requirements are for security purposes and do not count the number of officers that are needed for traffic control and/or direction. Generally, the guideline is one officer per 1,000 patrons and two officers per 1,000 patrons at events serving alcohol.
When hiring six or more officers for an event at the same time (including traffic control), a supervisor may be required. If 10 or more officers are hired for an event at the same time, an incident commander, as well as on on-site supervisor, may be required.
If the Administrative Services Captain determines that the size of the event warrants, the applicant will work with the Administrative Services Captain to determine the number of officers needed for the assignment. The Administrative Services Captain may determine if more or less supervision is needed for the event.
In cases where the applicant underestimated the attendance, the on-duty Patrol Supervisors may at their discretion notify the applicant that additional officers are needed. Whether or not the applicant is notified, the City reserves the right to assign additional officers and the applicant shall be responsible for the cost of the additional officers.
Cancellations by Applicant
NOTE: It is the responsibility of the Applicant to notify the Administrative Services Captain if the business or organization will be closed for a holiday or for any other purpose when extra duty officers are normally scheduled. If the applicant fails to notify the Administrative Services Captain that officers are not needed that day, the normal minimum charges for the assignment will apply.
Cancellations by the Blaine Police Department
The City of Blaine is self-insured for general liability and statutory worker's compensation coverage. Police officers assigned to extra duty work are afforded this coverage, and are considered to be City of Blaine employees acting in the course and scope of their official duties while performing this work.
If an officer was scheduled to work and did not report, the applicant should notify the Administrative Services Captain at 763-785-6168 or the On-Duty Patrol Supervisors at 763-427-1212 immediately. The city makes no guarantee nor does it agree that it will endeavor to find a replacement.
If the Chief of Police or his designee determines that it is in the best interest of the department to discontinue extra duty services, the applicant will be notified as soon as possible.
The Administrative Services Captain will try to accommodate schedule change requests if made 24 hours prior to the starting time of the event, the city does not guarantee that such request can be accommodated.
The minimum number of paid hours for each officer is three.
The officers are at all times subject to the policies of the City of Blaine, the laws and Constitution of the United States and the state of Minnesota, and the rules and regulations governing employees of the Blaine Police Department (BPD). An applicant has no authority over police personnel and is restricted to providing only a general assignment of duties to be performed by the officer. Those assignments never supersede BPD policy or procedures and the applicant is hereby so advised. Extra duty officers remain under the exclusive control of the city and are accountable for strict adherence to its rules and regulations. Any conflicting rules of the applicant will be disregarded. The officer shall refuse to perform any duties deemed to be in conflict with the guidelines established by BPD. As determined by the Police Department, officers may be recalled from extra duty to on duty status.
This application is for law enforcement work only and does not exempt applicants from obtaining other necessary permits for events.
The City of Blaine Police Department is NOT obligated to provide extra duty services. The city reserves its right to deny an application for extra-duty officers.
BPD officers are not permitted to receive cash from applicant for any reason whatsoever.