In maintaining property values and quality of life, the City of Lake Elmo Planning and Zoning Department is also responsible for municipal code enforcement. The intent of the building division in code enforcement is to facilitate the following:
Address questions and concerns our residents and local business owners have regarding city ordinance guidelines and possible violations of properties.
- Listens to each report to determine whether it is an issue that requires an inspection and follow-up, dispatching to the appropriate city department; or if it is a civil issue to be handled outside of the confines of city government.
- Offers advice on how to stay in compliance within the guidelines of the ordinances.
- Promotes public awareness and actively addresses city code violations.
- Assist in bringing non-compliant properties into compliance.
What are some of the most common code violations?
SIGNS – real estate, garagesale, and contractor signs placed on city right-of ways. (City staff collects hundreds of signs each year).
ABANDONED or JUNK VEHICLES – inoperable automobiles on private property or have expired license tabs.
PUBLIC NUISANCES – examples include accumulation of debris/junk/pet feces and obstruction of public sidewalks and/or streets by tree limbs, bushes, building materials, vehicles, etc.
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE – buildings, structures and accessory structures not maintained in good repair.
To report a possible violation please click here, or contact
Sophia Jensen, Code Enforcement, Phone: (651) 747-3913.