Address

350 S 5th St
Minneapolis, 55415

Phone Number

612.673.3000

Date last modified: July 8, 2014

Sign Ordinances

543.300. Real estate signs.

(a) Location. Real estate signs are allowed as a permitted encroachment in the required front yard. No real estate sign shall be closer than eight (8) feet to any other zoning lot. No real estate sign shall be placed on the public right-of-way, including boulevard trees and utility poles.

(b) Size.

(1) Residence and OR1 Districts. One (1) freestanding or wall real estate sign, not to exceed eight (8) square feet in area, shall be permitted per street frontage. A larger real estate sign may be allowed, provided such sign shall be included in the calculation of the total permitted sign area of the site and shall be regulated as such.

(2) All other districts. One (1) freestanding or wall real estate sign, not to exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area, shall be permitted per street frontage. A larger real estate sign may be allowed, provided such sign shall be included in the calculation of the total permitted sign area of the site and shall be regulated as such.

(c) Height.

(1) Residence and OR1 Districts. The height of a freestanding real estate sign shall not exceed six (6) feet. A real estate sign mounted on a wall shall not exceed the height requirements of the district in which the sign is located.

(2) All other districts. The height of a freestanding real estate sign shall not exceed fourteen (14) feet. A real estate sign mounted on a wall shall not exceed the height requirements of the district in which the sign is located.

Time-of-Sale Ordinance

The purpose of the Truth in Housing Ordinance is to inform the buyer and seller of a home, prior to the time of sale, of any major structural defects or hazards to the health and safety of the occupants. The ordinance requires the repair or replacement of unsafe item related to the heating and electrical systems, water heaters, plumbing cross connections, unsafe gas piping, smoke detectors and lack of required utilities.

The ordinance requires that the seller of single and two family dwellings, townhouses, and first time condominium conversions provide a Truth in Housing Disclosure report or a Certificate of Code Compliance to the buyer prior to signing a purchase agreement. The truth in housing report must be prepared by a certified truth in housing evaluator. The ordinance requires that the completed report is available for inspection at the premises at all times when the dwelling is being offered for sale.

A valid disclosure report must be provided to the buyer at closing. The buyer is responsible to make any required repairs within 90 days after closing. Sellers may decide to complete any required repairs before closing.

Vacant Property Registration

Owners of vacant properties must register and pay an annual fee. The Vacant Building Registration (VBR) fee is due at the time of registration and each year on the anniversary date of being found vacant. This fee is also adjusted annually and will be increased April 1, of each calendar year. All buildings (including commercial properties) may qualify for the Vacant Building Registration Program. Residential or commercial properties that have one or more of the following conditions may be required to register as vacant:

  1. Condemned requiring a code compliance inspection.
  2. Unoccupied and unsecured for five days or more
  3. Unoccupied and secured by means other than those normally used in the design of the building for 30 days or more
  4. Unoccupied with multiple housing maintenance, fire or building code violations existing for 30 days or more
  5. Unoccupied more than 365 days with an order having been issued to correct a nuisance condition pursuant to section 227.90
  6. A vacant commercial or residential building or structure which is unable to receive a certificate of occupancy due to work stoppage or expired permits

Annual Fee: $6,948 for April 1, 2012 – March 30, 2013

To encourage the rehabilitation of buildings that qualify for the VBR program, the City is allowing the VBR fee to be held in abeyance for six months as long as the property owner is rehabbing the property and meeting other conditions in the Restoration Agreement. Please note, not all properties will qualify for a Restoration Agreement. Restoration Agreements may be an option if the property has been in the VBR program for less than three months, or the anniversary date of the Vacant Building Registration order is less than three months past due.

Visit the city’s Vacant Building Registration website for more information and application forms.

Rental Regulations

Minneapolis requires that every rental dwelling, including single-family rental dwellings and rental units in owner-occupied duplexes, and rooming and shared-bath units (unless they are in a licensed lodging house) must have a rental license.

Some Rental License General Rules include:

  1. The rental license year is from September 1st to August 31st.
  2. Licenses must be renewed each year.
  3. Rental licenses are not transferable.
  4. 311 Poster must be posted in the rental property along with the rental license certificate.
  5. The status of a rental license can be found under Property Information.

The annual license fee for a rental dwelling license or provisional license is $69.00* for the first rental dwelling unit and $19.00 for each additional rental dwelling unit under common ownership in the same building. Additionally, when a dwelling is converted to rental property (or has not had a license for the last 12 months) it must be inspected for compliance with minimum housing standards. The fee for this required inspection is $1000. This fee is in addition to the annual license fee.When a valid rental property changes ownership, it must be inspected (with some exemptions). Change of Ownership Inspection Fee is $450* For more information on Rental License Fees, Click Here.

When a single-family home is converted to rental occupancy for the first time in at least 12 months, an inspection is required (with some exemptions).

Rental License applications are specific to property type. For Application information, Click Here.

For more information on the licensing process, call 311 or outside Minneapolis city limits call (612) 673-3000. Or visit the city’s Rental License Website for additional information.

*Fees listed are annual unless otherwise noted.