Are projects assessed; what is the cost; and how can I pay for the assessment?
Reconstruction and overlay projects are assessed according to the city's current assessment policy. Each project varies in cost depending on many factors, such as existing conditions, proposed improvements, number of properties and bids from contractors. Previous project assessments for single family dwellings have been as low as $4,000 or as high as $12,000 for a reconstruction project and $1,000-$2,000 for an overlay project.
Final assessments are determined at the assessment hearing. The following are discussed in more detail at the time of the assessment hearing, but payment options include:
Pay the entire assessment off within 30 days of the assessment hearing with zero percent interest;
Include the assessment with the property taxes. If the assessment is below $5,000 it is collected over a 5 year period; between $5,001 and $10,000 it is collected over a 10 year period; and above $10,001 it is collected over a 15 year period. Interest rates will be applied to any assessments included in the property taxes; and.
Partial payments are accepted within 30 days of the assessment hearing. The remaining balance will be included in the property taxes and interest will be calculated on the remaining balance.
Are rental licenses transferable?
Because trees and shrubs block my view, I can’t see oncoming cars at the intersection in my neighborhood. What should I do?
Talk to the property owner, tell the owner about the problem and ask for him/her to fix it. By putting the property owner on notice, he/she can’t claim ignorance if an accident does occur. If the owner refuses to correct the hazard, contact the Forestry Division for an independent assessment.
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?
You may not put landscape rock, gravel or any other such material in a wetland buffer. You may use mulch around new plantings of native plants to discourage weeds once
Permitted only as temporary signs in conjunction with temporary events or sales. They require a sign permit unless approved as part of an administrative permit. Please refer to Section 21155 of the zoning ordinance.
No. However, you can replace noxious and invasive, non-native plants with native plants (excluding trees) adapted to the habitat of the wetland. Contact Plymouth Community Development for a list of acceptable plants.
Can I mow in a wetland buffer?
No, unless it is part of the prescribed maintenance for native plant management.
Can I plant trees in a wetland buffer?
No. Trees can shade out other wetland plants, killing them and altering the wetland.
Can I ride an ATV or snowmobile in a wetland buffer?
No. This would destroy the plants which help protect the quality of the wetland.
Can I say no to a position that is offered to me?
Yes, you can decline a position following the interview process if it does not interest you or does not seem to fit your needs.
Can I schedule an inspection online?
No. To schedule an inspection, please call our inspection scheduling line at 763-509-5449, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays until 6 p.m.
Can I use herbicide or other techniques to get rid of plants in a wetland buffer?
As in number five above, this can only be done to remove noxious and invasive, non-native plants, and must be done in strict accordance with product guidelines. In fact, homeowners are responsible for managing noxious weeds within a wetland buffer on their property. For information on identifying and managing noxious weeds, call the Plymouth Weed Inspector.
Do I need a permit to replace the face of a sign?
No, a permit is not required provided there is no electrical work and you are not changing the size or the structure of the sign.
Do you check references?
Any volunteer who completes an application and is interviewed will have his or her references checked. In addition, those volunteers who coach or work with youth or are active in the Police Department will have a criminal background check run.
Does the city have a noise ordinance?
Yes, any loud, unnecessary, or unusual noise that disturbs, injures, or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace, or safety of others is a violation. Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., any music that can be heard beyond the property line of the place it is being played is also a violation. If a violation occurs, call the police at 9-1-1. See the City Code for more information.
Does the city offer online payments for utility bills?
Yes. Utility customers may make payments online through the city’s authorized payment processor, Payment Service Network. Utility customers may also elect to have payments automatically deducted from their checking or savings account. Please see the payment options page for additional information.
Does the city trim trees for power line clearance?
No, the responsibility of trimming for clearance rests with your utility company. They usually subcontract the required work to a qualified tree care company.
How am I notified if my area is being considered for reconstruction?
Approximately one year prior to the start of construction, you will receive a letter in the mail stating that the city will be collecting data in the area. In the fall months, before the project is scheduled, the city will hold a neighborhood informational meeting. This meeting will address the details associated with a reconstruction project. Finally, affected property owners will receive a public hearing notice along with the estimated assessment for the project. At the public hearing, residents will have the opportunity to speak in front of the City Council about the project. At this hearing, the City Council will then decide whether or not to proceed with the project.
Enter the house number and the first part of the street name, click enter, and then click on the address. You will find permits under the property navigation menu. Click on a particular permit and then you will see under the Activities if the permit is still in plan review or is ready for issuance.
How can I find out about recreational opportunities in Plymouth?
The Parks & Recreation Activities Guide publishes courses sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department. This guide is mailed to Plymouth residents three times a year. By subscribing to the guide for $9 per year, non-residents can receive the mailing as well.
How do I add or change family account information?
To add a member or update any account information, call 763-509-5200 or submit a request via email. Online Registration does not have family account editing capabilities.
Only family members living in your household may be added to your account.
How do I apply for a rental license?
Rental dwelling license application forms are available at City Hall, or click here to download a copy. A rental dwelling license application form must be completed and submitted to the city along with the payment of the required license fee.
How do I apply for program assistance?
Program assistance dollars are available to assist families who meet income guidelines. These funds are available to Plymouth residents only. It is the policy of the City of Plymouth to provide services to all residents regardless of sex, race, color, national origin, ability or financial status. Guidelines provide for two programs per child (under 18) per seasonal recreation brochure. The discount is 75%, with maximum assistance for any one program of $75. Life Time Fitness discount passes are available to all ages with a limit of eight passes per year per individual. Limited funds are available for the assistance program, and assistance is subject to availability of these funds. To apply, you must submit a program assistance form (PDF).
Enter the house number and the first part of the street name, click enter, and then click on the address. You will find permits under the property navigation menu. Click on a particular permit and then you will see the inspections and results.
How do I find out about other upcoming opportunities?
Current volunteer opportunities are found on the city’s website, in the Plymouth News, and on Channel 16. In addition, volunteers who assist with special events receive regular updates on upcoming events.
How do I find out more information about a development sign that was posted?
Click here for a list of current development signs.
How do I find out more information about development applications?
Click here for a list of proposed developments along with a description and when the item is tentatively scheduled for the Planning Commission and City Council.
How do I find out the building setbacks for my property?
It would depend on what zoning district the property is in. The setbacks are listed in the zoning ordinance.
For further information, please call the Planning Department at (763) 509-5450.
How do I find the zoning on a particular property?
Click here to find out how to get a police report.
How do I get a stop sign installed on my street?
Stop signs are installed at intersections where traffic on one street should have priority over traffic on another. On streets with very low traffic volumes, stop signs are not normally installed because the Minnesota right of way rule – yield to the vehicle on the right – generally works well.
If you have a question on whether or not your street needs a stop sign, please call the Public Works Street Maintenance Division at 763-509-5950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I keep someone from trespassing?
The Police Department has a handout (PDF) that helps explain how you can use a trespass notice to manage your property.
How do I know if a registered sex offender lives in my neighborhood?
In Minnesota, public access to information about sex offenders is limited. The Police Department will make a community notification of any level 3 sex offenders (those deemed most likely to re-offend) who move into the city, as required by law.
How do I know which trees the utility company will trim?
There are two common situations that involve utility companies are:
Pole to Pole – For poles located along property lines and involving more than one residence, utilities prefer to trim by removing as much of the tree as necessary to prevent damage to lines and avoid power arching.
Pole to House – For lines from the service pole to your house, the utility often disconnects the service lines to allow you and/or your contractor to safely remove troublesome branches.
How do I or my organization become a vendor or a sponsor for a special event or recreation program?
For inquiries on becoming a vendor at a special event, call 763-509-5200 or submit a request.
How do I register my child for classes or team sports?
All recreational opportunities are publicized in the city's activity guide. There are several ways to register:
Online registration is available once your family is entered into our system. Please call 763-509-5200 to learn how to obtain a participant identification number.
You may also charge classes over the phone using Discover, MasterCard, American Express or VISA during office hours.
You may register for programs by completing the registration forms in the booklet and mailing them in with your payment.
In addition, you can register in person at City Hall during office hours of Monday-Friday, 8-4:30 p.m.
How do I renew my rental license?
The city will mail a rental dwelling license renewal application to the property owner or responsible person 90 days prior to the expiration date of the license. The application form must be completed and returned to the city along with payment of the required license fee, and copy of your crime free multi-housing certificate at least 60 days prior to the expiration date of the license.
Once the completed application form, crime free multi-housing training certificate and license fee have been received, the city will contact the property owner or the responsible person to arrange an inspection of the rental property, if an inspection is required. If no inspection is required, the city will issue the rental dwelling license.
If an inspection is required and code violations are found present, the property owner or responsible person must correct the deficiencies and contact the city to schedule a re-inspection of the property. Once all violations are properly corrected, the city will issue the rental dwelling license.
How do I report a street light that is out?
Street lights are the responsibility of the electric utility company. Plymouth is served by two electric utility companies – Xcel Energy and Wright-Hennepin Electric. Click on the link to your power company below to report a street light out:
Weekdays - Report to the Public Works Street Maintenance Division at 763-509-5950 or email email@example.com. Staff will determine whether the state, county or city is responsible for the signal. Staff will promptly notify the appropriate agency so that the problem may be corrected.
Weekends & After Business Hours – Report to Public Safety Dispatch at 952-258-5321.
How do I request a zoning letter?
You need to submit a request in writing to the attention of the planning department along with a check for $50 if requesting a standard letter or $100 for more detailed information payable to the City of Plymouth.
How do I withdraw from a program registration?
Registration withdrawal / refund policy – participant must cancel no less than one week prior to the start of program to qualify for a refund. A $5 service fee is retained for each program withdrawal request.
To cancel a program registration call 763-509-5200. On-line registration cancellation is not available. All cancellations must be done over the phone or in person. No email requests will be accepted.
How does snowplowing affect parking on city streets?
After a snowfall of 2 ½ inches or more, on-street parking is prohibited until the street has been plowed curb-to-curb. Violators may be tagged and towed.
Volunteering builds your resume, develops new skills, introduces you to new people, and helps you feel good about giving back to your community. In addition, research has shown that volunteering can improve a person’s mental and physical well being.
How long will these new streets last?
With proper preventative maintenance – periodic seal coating and mill and overlay – the new streets are expected to last 40 to 50 years.
License fees are $150/3 years for a single family dwelling, $225/3 years for two family dwellings,$150/3 years for condominium dwelling units, $100 for three family dwellings, and $125 for four family dwellings, and $100 per complex plus $6 per rental unit for five or more dwelling units.
How often do I receive a utility bill?
The city bills residential utility accounts once every two months and commercial accounts monthly.
If a tree in a wetland buffer area dies, can I take it down?
No, unless it poses a hazard.
If I am a new resident to Minnesota, when do I need to get a new driver’s license?
Any person who becomes a resident of the state of Minnesota, who has a driver's license from another state, must obtain a Minnesota driver's license no more than 60 days after becoming a resident of this state. Contact the drivers exam station in Plymouth at 763-476-3042 for more information.
If I am involved in a car crash, do I need to call the police?
If you are involved in a crash you must stop, call law enforcement and an ambulance if necessary, and provide reasonable help to anyone injured in the crash. You must provide other drivers with your name, address and vehicle license plate number. If requested, you must show your driver's license to all drivers involved. Be sure to get the same information from the other drivers involved in the crash, as well as those of any witnesses.
You will also need to provide evidence of vehicle insurance to the police officer investigating the crash. If you are involved in a crash with unattended property, you must attempt to contact the owner, or if no owner can be found, you much leave your name, address, and vehicle license plate number. Every driver of a motor vehicle involved in a crash that results in injury or death, or total property damage of $1,000 or more, must file a crash report with the State of Minnesota within 10 days of the incident. The report may be filed online or by mail. These report forms are available at the Plymouth Police Department.
If I use water outside and it is not disposed of through the sewer system, am I charged for both water and sewer consumption?
No. Although charges are for any water usage that is metered, sewer charges are only based on readings from winter months and are set accordingly for the entire year.
Water that is disposed of outside should be clean water from sump pumps, garden sprinkling and other activities. This water drains into a separate sewer system called the storm sewer system. This water is not treated.
What are my responsibilities in regard to the right of way?
Residents and businesses are required to maintain the right of way area by keeping it mowed and clear of debris. Property owners are also discouraged from doing any landscaping or planting in the right of way. If plantings – with the exception of grass – are damaged during utility work, they may not be replaced.
What are the parking restrictions of city streets?
Parking is prohibited from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. year-round on streets.
What are the requirements for obtaining a handgun permit?
To apply for a permit to purchase a handgun you must:
• Be a resident of Plymouth;
• Be at least 21 years old;
• Fill out the appropriate paperwork; and
• Pass all of the background checks required by Minnesota law.
Download the permit to purchase application. For a permit to carry a handgun, you must contact the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office at 612-348-3740.
What are volume-based water rates?
To encourage conservation, water rates are tiered based on the volume of water used. Plymouth has three tiers, and the rates increase with the level of usage.
Tier 1: 0 – 12,500 gallons
Tier 2: 12,501 – 35,000 gallons
Tier 3: More than 35,000 gallons
What can I do if I see an abandoned vehicle?
If you believe a car parked on a city street has been abandoned for more than 24 hours, call 9-1-1 to report the information to the police. A police officer will investigate the situation.
Police generally do not tow vehicles off private property. If you have a private parking lot and believe someone has abandoned a car, you can call 9-1-1 to see if the vehicle has been reported stolen. If the vehicle is stolen, we will respond and process the car. If the car has not been reported as stolen, we recommend you post a warning on the vehicle, letting the owner know your intent to tow the car if it is not moved within a certain period of time. Then contract with a private tow company to have the car removed after the time period has expired.
What can the city do about hazardous intersections caused by sight obstructions?
The city will inspect the intersection and corresponding sight triangle (30 feet). If there are sight obstructions within the triangle, the property owner will be notified and requested to correct the situation.
What community events does Plymouth have each year?
Plymouth sponsors several large community events. They include: the Plymouth Fire & Ice Festival in February; the Primavera Fine Art Show in April; Music in Plymouth in early July; the Plymouth on Parade in September; Halloween at the Creek in October; and the Plymouth Arts Fair in November; and Old Fashioned Christmas and the New Year's Eve event in December. In addition, the city sponsors free, outdoor concerts at Parkers Lake Park and at the Hilde Performance Center in June, July and August.
What do I do if I find graffiti on my property?
If you find graffiti on your property, call 9-1-1 to report it. An officer will come out and document the damage. Under city ordinance, property owners are responsible for removing graffiti from their property within 30 days after notice of the graffiti’s existence. A property owner may ask the city to remove graffiti from the owner’s property. Costs for city removal of graffiti will be assessed to property owners per ordinance requirements.
What do volunteers do for the city?
Volunteers are active in every city department and provide a wide variety of service, including coaching t-ball or soccer, handling outdoor maintenance work, adopting a park or storm drain to keep clean, providing clerical support, assisting with special events and more.
What does the inspector look for?
The inspector is looking for hazards to health and safety as well as conditions that would cause deterioration of the property. Any items that violate today's code, but were acceptable under the code for the year the building was constructed, will not be cited unless the item poses a hazard.
What happens after an application and fee have been submitted?
The city will contact the property owner or the designated person responsible for maintenance to arrange for an inspection of the rental property. Once the inspection has been made and no violations are found, the city will issue the rental dwelling license.
If any violations were found present, the property owner or responsible person will receive a temporary license together with a letter and associated inspection report detailing the code violations observed, including a time frame for compliance. The property owner or designated person responsible for maintenance must correct the violations and schedule a re-inspection of the rental property within the time frame specified. Once all violations are properly corrected, the city will issue the rental dwelling license
What if there is no volunteer position open when I apply?
When you meet with the volunteer coordinator, your preferences will be kept on record and you will be contacted if a good match occurs in the future.
What is a rental complex?
A common owner of one or more buildings contained within a single development project.
What is a right of way?
A right of way is the publicly owned area in a development or neighborhood that extends beyond the back of the curb into the residential or business yard. A common misconception is that the homeowner’s or business owner’s property line goes right up to the curb. It does not. The public owns a certain amount of the land behind the curb (right of way). The size of the right of way is not always the same for every property.
The right of way is important for the installation and maintenance of streets and private and public utilities, including electrical, phone, sewer and water, and storm sewer lines. The right of way area behind the curb is also used for snow storage when the city plows streets. The city administers the use of this area through a permitting process.
What is an easement?
An easement is the area of land that lies adjacent to the private property line. An easement allows public and private utilities to do work on approximately 10 feet either side of the property line without seeking permission from the property owner. The only difference between an easement and the right of way is the easement is private rather than public property.
Typically, easements are either included as part of the original plat of the property or have been established through negotiation with a property owner. The easement stays in effect until the easement is no longer needed and is vacated. If the property is bought and sold, the easement remains in effect.
What is Crime Free-Multi-Housing mandatory training?
The property owner or designated person responsible for maintenance of a rental unit must complete a crime free multi-housing training program offered by the Plymouth Police Department, or a similar program approved by the Police Department. This training must be completed before the license for a dwelling is renewed, and every three years thereafter if the dwelling continues to be a rental dwelling.
This mandatory training must be completed prior to rental license renewal. Click here to learn more about this program and find out when the program is offered and how to apply.
What is reconstruction?
Reconstructing city streets involves a comprehensive analysis of all city infrastructure within the project area. A typical project includes:
Rebuilding the top two feet of the street section.
The addition of storm sewer to ensure storm water can be conveyed properly.
The addition or replacement of barrier style concrete curb and gutter throughout the entire project area.
Analysis of the watermain and sanitary sewer systems to determine if replacement or rehabilitation is necessary.
Restoration of boulevards with sod, driveways (with like materials), sprinkler systems, dog fences and mailboxes disturbed during construction.
Water quality best management practices (BMPs) are reviewed.
What is the curfew law?
The City of Plymouth ordinance is identical to the Hennepin County curfew ordinance, which is also observed in our neighboring cities.
Under Age 12 - Home by 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday -- Home by 10 p.m.
Ages 12 - 14 - Home by 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday – Home by 11 p.m.; and
Ages 15-17 - Home by 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday – midnight.
The surface water fee is used to administer the surface water plan, erosion control, wetland regulations, and environmental programs. See surface water fee.
What programs are available for senior citizens?
There are a variety of programs available to seniors, including clubs, recreation classes, fitness classes, defensive driving instruction, educational seminars, arts and crafts, special events. Special services, such as income tax preparation are also offered. Additionally, the city has a senior choir, the Plymouth Rockers, which performs in Plymouth and throughout the Twin Cities.
For more information on these programs, call the senior program coordinator at 763-509-5280.
What recreation programs does Plymouth offer?
Plymouth offers a wide variety of year-round recreation programs for all ages, from infant/toddlers to senior citizens. These programs include ballroom dance, gymnastics, sports, fitness, music, bridge, defensive driving for seniors, arts and crafts, swimming lessons, community garden plots, golf, tennis, sailing and rock climbing.
What recreational opportunities are available at the Plymouth Ice Center/Life Time Fitness complex?
Life Time Fitness offers swimming pools (two indoor and one outdoor), state-of-the-art fitness machines, aerobics classes and gymnasiums. While Plymouth Life Time Fitness is privately owned and operated, Plymouth residents may use the club on a daily fee basis without being members. The Plymouth Ice Center has three sheets of ice; one of them is Olympic size. Although the ice arena is connected to the Life Time Fitness building, it is a separate facility which is owned and operated by the City of Plymouth.
A rental dwelling license must be obtained prior to operating (charging rent or other form of compensation) any rental dwelling having one or more living units. A rental dwelling license is valid for one year from the effective date of the license.
When should I call 9-1-1?
Call 9-1-1 whenever you require a response from police, fire, or ambulance. This is true for all responses -- even non-emergencies. The dispatch facility for Plymouth is the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department. If you call the Plymouth Police Department, you will be transferred to dispatch. (Because of recent improvements in technology you may not hear any ringing, clicking or other sounds to indicate that your 9-1-1 call has been completed. Please be patient through the period of silence and the dispatcher will answer your call.)
Where can I obtain a copy of the property maintenance code?
Copies of the adopted 2000 International Property Maintenance Code, including amendments, are available for purchase from the Building Inspection Division at a cost of $15 plus tax.
Click here for information regarding application forms, fee schedules, and specific requirements. Any other questions pertaining to building permits, you may call our building division at 763-509-5430.
Why do I have to be interviewed?
During an interview, you will have the opportunity to discuss with the volunteer coordinator what skills and abilities you have to share with the city and if there are any specific goals that you would like to accomplish by volunteering. From that information, the volunteer coordinator will find the best match between what you have to offer and the work that city needs to get done.
Why do I have to fill out a timesheet?
Volunteers often just want to volunteer and not track their time. Timesheets (PDF) are important. By keeping track of the time you contribute each year, we can measure the program’s growth and accurately represent the value of the volunteer program to the City Council and city staff. Each of your hours contributes to the total; no time is insignificant.
Why do I have to fill out a volunteer application?
We take volunteering very seriously. Therefore, it is important to maintain accurate records on each volunteer.
Generally, the soils under the pavement are unsuitable. Plymouth has soils that are mostly clay. They trap water, causing the pavement to shift, resulting in cracks and pot holes. When a street is reconstructed, sand and drain tile are incorporated to properly convey subsurface water to the storm sewer system. Other projects such as overlays and seal coating would only be temporary fixes on these streets.
Will my property be disturbed?
These projects typically stay within the city's right of way and may impact between 5 to10 feet of the boulevard behind the existing pavement. Any boulevards disturbed are restored with sod. Any flowers, trees or landscaping that are located in the right of way that are impacted will not be replaced by the city.