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4 sets of hard copies for new buildings and additions - plus 1 additional set for civil utilities 2 sets of hard copies for Tenant Finish.
Electronic Signatures are acceptable.
If so, what are the requirements? NA
No, however separate submittals 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. SAC?
Yes – submittal of two sets of plans detailing the extent of the demolition are required when submitting for this permit.
No – general and all sub-contractors need to be licensed before we will issue the permit.
No just prior to issuing the permit.
See City Contractor’s License Application, for details (form located on the web page).
Separate submittalsand 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 submittal 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).
No but we will need the application signed by the GC 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 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.
Existing buildings occupied by a more hazardous use require sprinkling. Existing building which increases the occupant load by greater than 50% require sprinkling.Review documents related to fire extinguishing systems on the Fire Inspection page.
2. What is the cost? The cost of the application depends on the length of time the license is taken out. Licenses run by calendar year and all licenses expire December 31st. The cost for the license is listed on the top of the application. There is a $35 background fee for the applicant and each additional person who applies along with a colored copy, front and back of his/her driver’s license.
3. Do I need an application for each person applying? Each person who will receive a license only needs to fill out the background form and provide a colored copy, front and back of his/her driver’s license.
4. How long does it take to obtain the license? Your background is sent to the Police Department. It can take up to 2 weeks but generally if the background comes back without any issues; it comes back within a week. You will then be notified to come into Blaine City Hall to have a photo identification card issued.
5. What are the allowable hours for soliciting/peddling? 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday No Sunday sales allowed
6. What do I need to identify myself? Your Blaine ID must be clearly visible when soliciting and you should clearly identify the company where you work.
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.
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.
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
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