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  • Adopt a Fire Hydrant Program

  • Are barbeque grills allowed on balconies?

  • Are pets allowed in the parks and trails?

  • Are Plymouth’s fire stations staffed?

  • Are projects assessed; what is the cost; and how can I pay for the assessment?

  • Are recreational fires legal in the city?

  • Are rental licenses transferable?

  • Are the marked trees the only ones infected with Dutch elm disease?

  • As a driver, what should I do when an emergency service vehicle approaches with red lights and sirens?

  • Because trees and shrubs block my view, I can’t see oncoming cars at the intersection in my neighborhood. What should I do?

  • Bike Helmet Program

  • Bike Helmet Reward Program

  • Can I compost leaves or grass in a wetland buffer?

  • Can I cover the ground in a wetland buffer with material like landscape rock or mulch?

  • Can I get fingerprinted at the Police Department?

  • Can I have a banner sign?

  • Can I have an electronic sign?

  • Can I keep the elm wood?

  • Can I keep the wood from a tree that has been cut down because it is structurally unsound?

  • Can I landscape within a wetland buffer?

  • Can I mow in a wetland buffer?

  • Can I plant trees in a wetland buffer?

  • Can I ride an ATV or snowmobile in a wetland buffer?

  • Can I say no to a position that is offered to me?

  • Can I schedule an inspection on-line?

  • Can I use herbicide or other techniques to get rid of plants in a wetland buffer?

  • Car Seat Check-up Program

  • Children Have an Identity Program (CHAD)

  • Compost Troubleshooting

  • Do I need a permit to replace the face of a sign?

  • Do I need to have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector in my home?

  • Do I need to put a smoke detector in every room? How many do I need?

  • Do you check references?

  • Does the city have a noise ordinance?

  • Does the city offer an automatic pay plan for utility bills?

  • Does the city regulate parking?

  • Does the city require a point of sale inspection (truth in housing)?

  • Does the city trim boulevard trees?

  • Does the city trim trees for power line clearance?

  • Does the Plymouth Public Safety Department provide car seat check-ups?

  • File of Life Program

  • Fire Station Tours & Presentations

  • Home Alone Workshops

  • How am I notified if my area is being considered for reconstruction?

  • How can I check on the status of a permit?

  • How can I find out about recreational opportunities in Plymouth?

  • How can I find out more about Minnesota laws?

  • How can I find out more about Plymouth ordinances?

  • How can I make a park maintenance suggestion or complaint?

  • How can I use candles safely?

  • How do I add or change family account information?

  • How do I apply for a homestead classification?

  • How do I apply for a rental license?

  • How do I apply for program assistance?

  • How do I apply for senior housing?

  • How do I become a Plymouth firefighter?

  • How do I check to see if an inspection passed?

  • How do I create an escape plan for my home?

  • How do I determine if my tree is within the public right-of-way?

  • How do I find out about other upcoming opportunities?

  • How do I find out more information about a development sign that was posted?

  • How do I find out more information about development applications?

  • How do I find out the building setbacks for my property?

  • How do I find the zoning on a particular property?

  • How do I get a police report?

  • How do I get a stop sign installed on my street?

  • How do I keep someone from trespassing?

  • How do I know if a problem caused by a tree was due to neglect or an "act of God"?

  • How do I know if a registered sex offender lives in my neighborhood?

  • How do I know when your Section 8 waiting list will open?

  • How do I know which trees the utility company will trim?

  • How do I or my organization become a vendor or a sponsor for a special event or recreation program?

  • How do I register my child for classes or team sports?

  • How do I renew my rental license?

  • How do I report a street light that is out?

  • How do I report a street maintenance problem?

  • How do I report a traffic signal problem?

  • How do I request a zoning letter?

  • How do I reserve a ball field for my team?

  • How do I reserve a picnic shelter for a group event?

  • How do I schedule a tour of the Fire Department for a group of children?

  • How do I withdraw from a program registration?

  • How do you determine the boundary line?

  • How does snowplowing affect parking on city streets?

  • How does the city calculate utility rates?

  • How does volunteering benefit me?

  • How long does it take for the Fire Department to arrive after I call 9-1-1?

  • How long will these new streets last?

  • How many homesteads may I claim?

  • How many signs can I have?

  • How much does it cost?

  • How often do I receive a utility bill?

  • How often do smoke detectors need to be tested?

  • How to Compost

  • If a member of my family is disabled, how can we prepare for their safety during an emergency?

  • If a tree in a wetland buffer area dies, can I take it down?

  • If I am a new resident to Minnesota, when do I need to get a new driver’s license?

  • If I am involved in a car crash, do I need to call the police?

  • If I use water outside and it is not disposed of through the sewer system, am I charged for both water and sewer consumption?

  • Is alcohol allowed in the parks?

  • Is there anything else I should know?

  • Is tree debris considered a nuisance?

  • Is your Section 8 waiting list open?

  • Neighborhood Block Parties

  • Options to Backyard Composting

  • Plymouth Backyard Composting Ordinance

  • Plymouth Ice Center Upcoming Events

  • Smokebusters for Families Program

  • Smokebusters for Seniors Program

  • What about trees that fail and cause damage or injury?

  • What are leading causes of childhood injury? How can I avoid accidents?

  • What are Minnesota’s passenger restraint laws?

  • What are my responsibilities in regard to the right of way?

  • What are safe practices to use when grilling?

  • What are the hours for Plymouth parks?

  • What are the minimum qualifications needed to become a Plymouth firefighter?

  • What are the parking restrictions of city streets?

  • What are the requirements for obtaining a handgun permit?

  • What are volume-based water rates?

  • What can I do if I see an abandoned vehicle?

  • What can the city do about hazardous intersections caused by sight obstructions?

  • What can you do when a boundary tree has become a nuisance?

  • What community events does Plymouth have each year?

  • What do I do if I find graffiti on my property?

  • What do volunteers do for the city?

  • What does it cost to use the Plymouth Life Time Fitness?

  • What does the inspector look for?

  • What fireworks are legal and illegal in Minnesota?

  • What happens after an application and fee have been submitted?

  • What happens to logs brought to the city's yard waste site?

  • What if I don’t believe trees that the city has deemed hazardous are located on my property?

  • What if I trim my own boulevard trees or have special considerations/concerns?

  • What if the owner of a defective tree won’t address the problem?

  • What if there is no volunteer position open when I apply?

  • What is a boundary tree?

  • What is a nuisance tree?

  • What is a rental complex?

  • What is a right of way?

  • What is an easement?

  • What is Crime Free-Multi-Housing mandatory training?

  • What is reconstruction?

  • What is the city’s alarm policy?

  • What is the city’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating?

  • What is the curfew law?

  • What is the residential alarm policy?

  • What is the staffed station (duty crew) program?

  • What is the surface water fee?

  • What kind of fire extinguisher should I buy for my home or garage?

  • What kinds of parks and trails does Plymouth have?

  • What other duties do firefighters have besides responding to fire calls?

  • What programs are available for senior citizens?

  • What recreation programs does Plymouth offer?

  • What recreational opportunities are available at the Plymouth Ice Center/Life Time Fitness complex?

  • What should I look for in a tree care company?

  • What should I look for when purchasing a carbon monoxide (CO) detector?

  • What size of sign can I have?

  • What to Compost

  • What type of trimming is done to my trees?

  • When is a license required?

  • When is it appropriate to dial 9-1-1?

  • When is the annual Fire Department Open House?

  • When should I apply for a homestead?

  • When should I call 9-1-1?

  • Where can I obtain a copy of the property maintenance code?

  • Where can I place a sign?

  • Who do I contact about building permit questions?

  • Who owns the boundary tree?

  • Who qualifies for a homestead classification?

  • Whom do I contact?

  • Why Compost?

  • Why do I have to be interviewed?

  • Why do I have to fill out a timesheet?

  • Why do I have to fill out a volunteer application?

  • Why does the city mark diseased elm trees?

  • Why does the city mark hazardous trees?

  • Why must I provide my Social Security number?

  • Why reconstruction?

  • Will diseased trees or those deemed a nuisance be re-inspected?

  • Will my property be disturbed?