Take the worry out of annual smoke detector maintenance. Invest in 9-volt lithium batteries that that have a seven to ten year shelf life. Batteries Plus, 4404 Nathan Ln., is providing residents with the opportunity to purchase 9-volt lithium batteries for smoke detectors for $5.70 a battery. Residents need to mention the Smokebuster Program to receive the discount.
Families who buy lithium batteries should continue to test their smoke detectors monthly and vacuum them periodically to make sure that the detectors are working. A charged battery will not fix a faulty detector.
Plymouth Fire Department asks residents and businesses to adopt the fire hydrant in their neighborhood. During the winter, they are asked to keep it clear of ice and snow, and shovel a 3-foot radius around it. In the summertime, they need to mow around it.
Keeping fire hydrants accessible substantially reduces the amount of time it takes firefighters to get into service when responding to a fire call in their neighborhood. In doing so, neighbors provide a valuable service to the community. More than 600 households have registered the hydrant that they have adopted.
January through March, firefighters visit one to two adopted hydrants a week. If they are shoveled out, the family that adopted it will win a gift certificate to a Plymouth restaurant. To the families that participate in the Adopt-a-Hydrant Program, the Fire Department extends its deepest gratitude.
Thank you to the sponsors who generously donate prizes each year!
- No. Barbeque grills may not be used on above ground balconies. They are also prohibited on ground floor patios adjacent to or within 15 feet of any unit in a building that has two or more vertically stacked residential units. In addition, propane should never be stored in a building or confined space.
- Yes. Pets must be leashed and owners must clean up any feces left by their pets. Plymouth's dog parks provide off-leash areas for dogs.
- No. However the department operates a staffed station (duty crew) program from one of its three fire stations with firefighters at the station from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Coverage during non-staffed station hours of operation is accomplished through a traditional page-out system.
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.
Yes, provided that certain requirements are met. Please use caution and follow the requirements below.
- The fire must be contained in an area of no more than three foot in diameter and completely surrounded by non-combustible and non-smoke or odor producing materials, such as brick, rock or cement.
- The fire must be at least 25 feet from any structure.
- Combustibles or flammable liquids may not be used to ignite the fire.
- Only clean wood or charcoal may be burned. No burning of trash, leaves or brush is allowed.
- A fire extinguishing device must be readily available.
- The fire must be tended until totally extinguished.
- Consider weather conditions, neighbors, burning bans and air quality so that nuisance, health or safety hazards will not be created.
Mobile cooking devices such as manufactured hibachis, charcoal grills, wood smokers and propane or natural gas devises and burners are not defined as recreational fires.
Fires that will exceed 3' x 3' require an open burn permit.
- The city will mark elm trees that show signs of Dutch elm disease. Trees within 50 feet may be connected by roots and may have the fungus in its root system, but not show symptoms. At the time of removal, check for signs in nearby trees. Hire a qualified arborist to inspect trees or ask the city to re-inspect anytime up to the date of removal. View information about Emerald Ash Borer.
As a driver, what should I do when an emergency service vehicle approaches with red lights and sirens?When an emergency vehicle approaches with red lights and sirens, yield the right-of-way to the vehicle by pulling as far to the right as possible and bringing the vehicle to a complete stop.
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.
- The Plymouth Fire Department encourages summer safety through the sale of low-cost bike helmets. Bell bicycle helmets are sold May-August, from 6-8 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Plymouth Fire Station III, 3300 Dunkirk Lane N. Bell helmets range in size from toddler to adult extra large and come in a variety of styles and colors. Call 763-509-5198 for more information.
Bicycle crashes are the leading cause of summer visits to the emergency room. More than 400,000 kids age 14 and under are injured each year and approximately 300 kids die from their injuries.
Starting in April and continuing throughout the summer, Plymouth police officers and firefighters are on the look out for safe cyclists. If a police officer or firefighter spots a biker, rollerblader or scooter rider wearing a helmet, he or she may reward the person with a coupon for a free treat at one of Plymouth’s grocery stores or fast food restaurants.
The Plymouth bike helmet reward program is supported by Culver’s, Burger King, McDonalds, Dairy Queen, Cold Stone Creations, Co. Rd. 24/Hwy. 55 Holiday Station-Store and Cub Foods.
- 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
- Yes. See fingerprinting.
- 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.
- You may keep the wood if the bark is removed. However, the purpose of tree removal is to destroy the wood, which is habitat for the beetles responsible for overland spread of the Dutch elm disease fungus.
- Yes, you may keep wood from structurally unsound trees.
- 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.
- No, unless it is part of the prescribed maintenance for native plant management.
- No. Trees can shade out other wetland plants, killing them and altering the wetland.
- No. This would destroy the plants which help protect the quality of the wetland.
- Yes, you can decline a position following the interview process if it does not interest you or does not seem to fit your needs.
- No. To schedule an inspection, please call our inspection scheduling line at 763-509-5449, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays until 6:00 p.m.
- 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.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for kids age 14 and under. In the state sponsored Boost America Campaign, 92 percent of children’s car seats inspected were found to be improperly installed or not used correctly.
Car Seat Check Ups: Plymouth provides car seat check-ups for residents by appointment. Cost is $20. Call 763-509-5198 for an appointment.
State law requires that all single and multi-family homes in Minnesota have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector within ten feet of bedroom areas.
Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, colorless, odorless gas that interferes with the delivery of oxygen throughout the body. Sources of carbon monoxide include:
- Unvented kerosene and gas space heaters;
- Leaking chimneys and furnaces;
- Back-drafting from furnaces;
- Gas water heaters;
- Woodstoves and fireplaces;
- Gas stoves; and
- Automobile exhaust from cars in attached garages.
Infants, elderly people and people with anemia or with a history of heart or respiratory disease can be affected more quickly by carbon monoxide. At lower levels, carbon monoxide can cause flu-like symptoms headaches, dizziness, weakness and fatigue. At higher levels, or with prolonged exposure, it can cause confusion, disorientation, impaired vision and coordination, brain damage, coma and death.
To ensure rapid identification of children in emergencies, parents and guardians of small children are encouraged to post a CHAD sticker, listing identification information about their child, under the cushion or center back of the child's safety seat. Stickers can also be placed inside the shell of children’s bicycle helmets.
Plymouth parents and grandparents can pick up their complimentary CHAD sticker at the Plymouth Fire offices, located on the second floor of the Public Safety Building, 3400 Plymouth Blvd., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If your organization would like to obtain a supply of the stickers to make available to child caregivers, call 763-509-5198.
The CHAD safety seat child identification program was developed as a result of a traffic crash involving a 13-month-old boy named Chad. The babysitter who was driving was killed. Chad was injured, but no one at the scene could determine his identity. Only because an emergency room nurse recognized the child could his parents be quickly located and his injuries be treated.
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add dry materials
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- 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.
- Yes. All newly constructed single family and multifamily dwellings for which building permits were issued on or after Jan. 1, 2007, require a CO detector located within 10 feet of each bedroom.
All existing single family dwelling units and all multifamily dwelling units are also required to have a CO detector.
Smoke detectors should be placed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. On floors without bedrooms, detectors should be installed in or near living areas such as dens, living rooms or family rooms.
New construction requires smoke detectors to be placed in every bedroom. When alterations, repairs or additions requiring a permit, or when one or more sleeping rooms are added or created in existing dwellings, the individual dwelling unit shall be provided with smoke detectors located as required for new dwellings. The smoke detectors shall be interconnected and hardwired.
- Smoke detectors in existing areas shall not be required to be interconnected and hardwired where the alterations or repairs do not result in the removal of interior wall or ceiling finishes exposing the structure.
- Work on the exterior surfaces of dwellings, such as roofing and siding.
For more information, call the Building Inspections Division at 763-509-5430.
- 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.
- 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.
- Yes. Utility customers may elect to have payments automatically deducted from their checking or savings account. Please see automatic pay for additional information.
- Yes. See parking and traffic for more information.
- Yes, the city does trim trees within the public right-of-way. Tree trimming is usually done in the winter to avoid potential pest problems.
- No, the responsibility of trimming for clearance rests with your utility company. They usually subcontract the required work to a qualified tree care company.
Yes, the department does provide car seat check-ups those that live or work in Plymouth. North Memorial Medical Center provides a similar program for nonresidents. See buckleupkids.state.mn.us for other convenient locations.
In Plymouth, appointments are hosted at the Public Safety Building, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. Each car seat takes approximately 30 minutes to check and there is a $20 fee for the appointment. Call 763-509-5198 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
- The Fire Departments welcomes the opportunity to speak with audiences about safety, and fire and injury prevention. The department also welcomes groups interested in touring the fire station. To schedule a tour or an appearance call, 763-509-5198.
- Guide for Stay at Home Kids (PDF)
Many children in our community let themselves in or out of empty houses and supervise themselves for an hour or more each day. When making the decision to become a 'Home Alone' family, a child's age is not the only consideration. Some children might function well alone at home while others might not be ready to assume the responsibility of self-care. The Plymouth Police and Fire department's Home Alone Workshop will help parents:
- Evaluate if their child is ready to be home alone;
- Prepare their homes so that they are safe and ready for a stay-at-home child; and
- Create house rules to keep kids safe and the family working together.
The workshop is $5 for each family member attending. Children must be 8-10 years old to participate. Call 763-509-5198 to learn about upcoming workshops.
- 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.
You can check the status of a permit using My Property Info.
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.
- 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.
- Visit the State of Minnesota’s website.
- The City Code is available on this website.
- To make a complaint or suggestion about park maintenance, please call the Park Maintenance Division at 763-509-5940.
- 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.
- Provide a copy of the deed and certificate of real estate value or the document recording numbers, usually provided in your closing packet.
- Provide Social Security numbers of all owners, spouses and/or qualified relatives who live in the property.
- Apply in person at the Assessing Division, located in City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. or at the Hennepin County Assessor's Office, 300 S. 6th Street, Minneapolis.
- If you cannot apply in person, download a copy of the application form (PDF), attach all required items and fax or mail to the Plymouth Assessing Division.
- 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.
- 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).
- Plymouth owns two senior buildings. For more information about waiting lists, please call Plymouth Towne Square (763) 550-9525 or Vicksburg Crossing (763) 559-1877.
The Plymouth Fire Department typically hires paid-on-call firefighters on an annual basis.
For more information, visit the Fire Department page and click on the Becoming a Firefighter link.
If you have questions, please call the Plymouth Fire Department at 763-509-5122.
You can check the status of inspection results using My Property Info.
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.
Begin by installing a smoke detector on every level of your home and outside of sleeping areas. Make sure that every family member knows what detectors sound like and what they should do in case of an emergency.
- Know two ways out of every room, and never return to a smoke-filled or burning building.
- Pick a meeting place outside of the home where your family will gather in case of an emergency.
- Sleep with bedroom doors closed.
- Purchase escape ladders for second and third story windows. Make sure bedroom windows open easily.
- Make sure that house address is displayed on house and garage, and is clearly visible from the street.
- Most right of ways extend 8-13’ behind the curb, depending on the width of the road. Please call the Forestry Division if you are not sure.
- 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.
- Click here for a list of current development signs.
- 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.
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.
- Click here for the zoning map.
- Click here to find out how to get a police report.
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.
- The Police Department has a handout (PDF) that helps explain how you can use a trespass notice to manage your property.
To qualify as an "act of God", all of the following elements are needed.
- The accident must have happened from a force of nature that was both unexpected and unforeseeable.
- The force must have been the sole cause of the accident.
- The accident could not have been prevented by using reasonable care.
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.
Information about lower level sex offenders is not public information, except in certain circumstances. The general public can obtain level 3 sex offender information by visiting the Minnesota Department of Corrections. National sex offender registration information can be obtained by visiting the United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Registration.
- We will register with Housing Link. You can go to their website at www.housinglink.org and sign up for notifications.
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.
- For inquiries on becoming a vendor at a special event, call 763-509-5200 or submit a request.
- Click here for more information on sponsoring events.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Call Parks and Recreation at 763-509-5280 to reserve a ball field for your team.
- Call Parks and Recreation at 763-509-5200 to reserve either the Parkers Lake North Picnic shelter, Parkers Lake Park Pavillion or the Bass Lake Park Shelter. Rental applications are available here.
- Please call 763-509-5198 to schedule a tour of the fire station.
- 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.
- A survey is the sure way to know where a boundary line is, assuming that you can locate the survey markers.
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.
Click here for more information.
Water and sewer rates are a combination of a base charge and a volume-based fee.
The tiered rate for multiple-dwelling units is based on the total volume divided by the number of units sharing a meter.
See utility rates for details.
- 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.
- On average, daytime response is 4-6 minutes, and evening response is 9-12 minutes. Many things may influence response time, including weather, call location, time of day and other pending calls.
- With proper preventative maintenance – periodic seal coating and mill and overlay – the new streets are expected to last 40 to 50 years.
- One. Other properties you own may have a homestead classification if occupied by a qualifying relative. For more information, contact the assessor’s office in the community or county where the property is located.
- For commercial locations, it would depend on the number of street frontages. Please refer to Section 21155 of the zoning ordinance.
- 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.
- The city bills residential utility accounts once every two months and commercial accounts monthly.
- Test smoke detectors monthly, change their batteries once a year, and vacuum dust from them periodically.
How to Get Started
- Use a container to keep the composting materials together and to help them reach the proper temperature for composting. A container is required by the city's backyard composting ordinance.
- Mix materials from the lists of green and brown materials in roughly equal portions.
- Add water - just enough to moisten the pile.
- Add air by turning the pile occasionally.
- Provide information to the Fire Department for anyone who may have difficulty evacuating the home during an emergency. The information will be entered into the 9-1-1 dispatch system. Identify someone to take care of the individual in an emergency. Make sure that anyone confined to a wheelchair has immediate access to their wheelchair. Keep a list of all medications needed by family members on the refrigerator.
- No, unless it poses a hazard.
- 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 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.
- No. Alcohol is prohibited.
- Every homestead is unique. You are encouraged to contact the Plymouth Assessing Division with any questions you may have or refer to Minnesota Statute Chapter 273.124.
- No. The courts have basically said, "leaves happen." Healthy trees drop debris, like acorns, sap, leaves and twigs.
- No, our wait list is closed.
- If your neighborhood is hosting a block party, the Fire Department would enjoy visiting with you during your party. Please schedule at least two weeks in advance. The schedule fills up quickly. Call 763-509-5198 to make a request.
Licensed garbage haulers in Plymouth provide curbside yard waste pick up service to their customers. According to state law, yard waste must be placed in a cart or a compostable bag made of kraft paper or compostable plastic.
Plymouth residents may bring leaves, brush, tree and garden waste to the Plymouth Yard Waste Site.
In Plymouth, acceptable materials for backyard composting are limited to: grass clippings; leaves and weeds; wood chips and small twigs; evergreen cones and needles; garden waste; uncooked food and vegetable scraps; and commercial ingredients designed to speed or enhance composting. All materials must come from the property on which the composting occurs.
Composting materials must be kept in a container that is:
- At least 3 foot by 3 foot by 3 foot in size unless it is a commercially fabricated bin designed for composting; and must not exceed 5 feet wide by 12 feet long by 5 feet high;
- Constructed of durable materials such as wet resistant wood; block; sturdy metal fencing; or be a commercially built bin designed to contain composting material.
- In the rear yard of the property.
- At least 40 feet from the nearest neighbor's home.
- At least 6 feet from any city park, trail, property line and the resident's house.
Composting material must be maintained by periodic turning and moistening in order to eliminate odor or pests.
Nov. 25 WHS Boys vs. Elk River 5/7 p.m. Nov. 25 WHS Girls vs. Prior Lake 5/7 p.m. Nov. 28 WHS Boys vs. Hermantown 5/7 p.m. Nov. 29 WHS Boys vs. Duluth East 12:30/2:30 p.m. Dec. 2 WHS Girls vs. Cretin Derham Hall 5/7 p.m. Dec. 4 WHS Boys vs. Eagan 5/7 p.m. Dec. 5 PA vs. Mora 5/7 p.m. Dec. 9 WHS Girls vs. St. Paul United 5/7 p.m. Dec. 9 PA vs. North Branch 5/7 p.m, Dec. 12-14 WYHA Fire & Ice Tournament Varied Dec. 16 WHS Girls vs. Minnetonka 5/7 p.m. Dec. 20 WHS Boys vs. Burnsville 12:30/2:30 p.m. Dec. 20 WHS Boys Alumni Game 5 p.m. Dec. 20 WHS Girls vs. Eden Prairie 5/7 p.m. Dec. 23 WHS Boys vs. St. Thomas 5/7 p.m. Dec. 27-29 WHS Girls Frozen Face Off Varied Dec. 31 New Year's Eve Event 6 p.m.
Imagine how excited your kids would be when a big red fire engine pulls up and firefighters come inside to help you plan for safety. That's exactly what happens during a Smokebusters visit.
Firefighters make scheduled visits to Plymouth homes to help residents test their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, develop home fire escape plans and review home fire safety practices. The average visit takes less than 30 minutes. If the home needs additional smoke detectors or new batteries, firefighters will provide them to the residents at no charge.
Some families choose to join with their neighbors to reserve an entire evening for their neighborhood. Four homes can be visited in one evening. At the end of the evening, firefighters set up their truck so families can get a close look at both the inside and outside of the truck. To schedule a Tuesday evening Smokebusters visit, call 763-509-5198.
Firefighters will visit seniors at their home to test smoke detectors, replace batteries, discuss 9-1-1 and develop a home fire escape plan. The average visit takes less than 30 minutes. Seniors must purchase one 9-volt batteries for each detector in their home. The Smokebusters visit is free.
To schedule a visit, call the Plymouth Fire Department at 763-509-5198.
- Typically, tree owners are legally responsible for damage caused by their unsound trees. The test is whether the tree owner knew or should have known that damage was likely. A tree owner is not expected to be a tree expert, but he/she is expected to recognize obvious symptoms of a problem, such as visible decay, stem cracks, a dead limb and a trunk with a dangerous lean.
Effective July 1, 2009 under Minnesota Statute 169.685, a child who is both under age 8 and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches is required to be fastened in a child safety seat that meets federal safety standards. Under this law, a child cannot use a seat belt alone until they are age 8, or 4 feet 9 inches tall. It is recommended to keep a child in a booster based on their height rather than their age. (Check the instruction book or label of the child safety seat to be sure it is the right seat for your child’s weight and height.)
- Safety seats must be installed and used according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Child must be secured (buckled) in the safety seat.
- Seat must be secured to the vehicle.
- Infants (under 20 pounds and one year of age) must be in a rear-facing safety seat.
- Law applies to all motor vehicles originally built with factory-installed seat belts.
- Law applies to all seating positions — everybody, every seat, every time.
- Driver is responsible.
- Petty misdemeanor fine for violation is $50 (may be waived if violator shows proof of obtaining a safety seat within 14 days).
- Applies to both residents and non-residents of Minnesota.
- Suspected non-use is a valid basis to stop a motor vehicle.
- 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.
- All parks open at 7 a.m. Neighborhood parks close at 10 p.m., playfields at 10:30 p.m., and city parks at 11 p.m.
To be minimally qualified, one must:
- Be a high school graduate or equivalent and at least 18 years of age on appointment date.
- Successfully pass initial and periodic physical ability tests, physical examinations, criminal background checks, stress tests, drug screens, pulmonary function tests and psychological evaluations.
- Possess a valid Minnesota driver's license.
- Have the ability to regularly respond to emergency calls within established time periods.
Firefighters must maintain a six minute travel time during their designated on-call, available time. Department rules prohibit tobacco use while on duty.
- Parking is prohibited from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. year-round on streets.
- 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.
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
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.
- 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.
Here are the dos and don’ts of legally abating the nuisance.
- Prune overhanging branches up to the boundary line at your own expense. Property owners have the right to use self-help to prune branches or roots of a neighbor’s tree that encroaches onto their property.
- Prune, but don’t harm or destroy the tree. Don’t remove too much of the canopy, so as to jeopardize the tree’s capacity to photosynthesize. Don’t cut so many of the roots that the tree may become unstable. Don’t prune oaks during the high-risk period of April to July. If you don’t know what may harm a tree, consult a tree expert before cutting.
- Do not trespass onto your neighbor’s property to trim a tree or shrub. Technically, that means don’t lean over the property line to make the pruning cut, without your neighbor’s consent.
- Do not cut down a tree whose trunk is on the boundary line without the consent of the adjoining property owner. Minnesota law provides for an assessment of treble (three times) damages awarded in court for intentionally cutting down a tree without the owner’s permission.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Residents of Plymouth and the Wayzata School District do not need to be members to use Life Time Fitness. Instead, they may opt to pay a daily fee.
Plymouth residents and non-residents may also purchase a membership from Life Time Fitness. To check availability, please call 763-509-0909.
For more information, click here.
- 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.
Minnesota law allows for the public sale, possession and use of a limited number of consumer fireworks. Permitted items include sparklers, spark emitting cone sand tubes and novelty items like snakes and party poppers.
Fireworks may not be used on public property , such as parks, roads, alleys, schools or government property. You must be at least 18 years old to purchase fireworks. Retailers are required to check photo identification. The sale, possession or use of fireworks may occur throughout the year.
Explosive and aerial fireworks are prohibited for public sale, possession and use in the Minnesota. Prohibited fireworks include, but are not limited to firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles, mortars and shells.
- 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
- Logs and brush are ground every three weeks during the Dutch elm disease season. Brush is hauled away for disposal. Logs are used for landscape mulch. Grinding elm trees into small pieces makes the wood uninhabitable for elm beetles.
- If you believe the trees are on a neighboring property, please locate and flag your survey markers and let us know. The city will use landscape cues and plat books when the corners are not identified. The city cannot be responsible for surveying all properties.
- Before neighborhood trimming, you will be notified by a door hanger. Please contact the Forestry Division so that special arrangements can be made in advance.
- Talk to the tree owner. Tell him/her about the problem and ask for it to be fixed. By putting the owner on notice, the owner can’t claim ignorance when the tree fails. If the owner refuses to correct the perceived hazard, contact the Forestry Division for an independent assessment.
- 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.
- Generally, a tree planted on the boundary line between two lots or a tree whose branches, trunk or roots have crossed a boundary.
- Minnesota Statutes define a nuisance as: “Anything which is an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property is a nuisance.” Branches that rub against the neighbor’s roof, tree roots that push up a sidewalk or a tree whose trunk is on your neighbor’s property but leans far into your yard and prevents your use of a corner of your lot can be defined as a nuisance.
- A common owner of one or more buildings contained within a single development project.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Alarm users are required to register with the city. In the event that a fire alarm sounds, the fire chief shall determine if the alarm event is chargeable. Acts of nature such as high winds, lightning or power outages that cause alarms to malfunction are not chargeable.
False alarm fees may be rescinded if the alarm holder provides certification that the system has been serviced/repaired or they have received education or training on the system to help eliminate future alarms. Verification of alarm system maintenance or service must be made in written format on official letterhead of the alarm company and provided within five days of alarm activation or notice thereof.
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- The city’s ISO rating is a 3.
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.
- See alarm information.
The staffed station (duty crew) program is a staffing model that supplements the traditional paid-on-call department. Duty crew members schedule to work blocks of time during peak service call periods.
The Plymouth duty crew staffs one fire station and members respond to calls, participate in training sessions, perform maintenance activities and present public education programs.
Piloted in 1998, the duty crew program has reduced response time, guaranteed staffing levels, increased training activities and expanded public safety initiatives. In 2001, the program was expanded to operate 15 hours per day, six days a week, Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- The surface water fee is used to administer the surface water plan, erosion control, wetland regulations, and environmental programs. See surface water fee.
- Purchase extinguishers that can handle class A-B-C fires. The proper extinguisher will properly extinguish wood, paper, flammable liquids and electrical fires. Fully discharge used extinguishers and dispose in your regular trash.
Plymouth has four types of parks: city parks; neighborhood parks; community playfields; and special use parks.
City parks have an extensive trail system, children's playgrounds, nature areas, and special features including beaches or pavilions. Playfields have softball, baseball and soccer fields; hockey rinks; tennis courts; walking paths; and shelter buildings. Neighborhood parks generally have a children's playground, benches, open areas, and small picnic shelters.
Plymouth's trail system consists of several types of trails. These include asphalt paths that are separate from the roadway, striped lanes along the roadway, or specially marked trails which share a roadway.
Firefighters not only protect lives and property from the adverse effects of fire, they also respond to motor vehicle and industrial accidents, hazardous material incidents and exposure to dangerous conditions. They bring fire prevention education into school classrooms, neighborhoods and businesses.
Firefighters participate in regular training and maintenance activities. Firefighters also carry out fire safety inspections to become familiar with the community's needs and to reduce response time during incidents.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Always get two to three written price quotes before you choose a company. Ask to see proof of insurance and do not pay until the work is complete. A good starting point as you look for a company is Find a Certified Arborist. Be wary of door-to-door solicitors. Before hiring, make sure they understand what is expected: your time limit, wood removal or chipping, and stump de-barking. You do not need to grind out the stump, as long as the bark is stripped off the stump.
- Your CO detector must have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) symbol, which means the detector has met the recommended safety standards of the American National Standards Institute. All CO detectors manufactured after October 1995 comply with the improved safety standards.
Some features to look for are an audible alarm, a digital readout and an AC/DC powered detector. This will ensure coverage during a power outage.
- The size depends on what zoning district you are in. Please refer to Section 21155 of the zoning ordinance.
Backyard composting can create a rich soil amendment that is produced by the breakdown of nitrogen and carbon-rich materials by microorganisms. These materials are listed here as either "greens" (provide nitrogen) or "browns" (provide carbon).
Greens provide nitrogen, and act as a source of protein for the microbes that are hard at work in your compost pile.
- Green leaves
- Plant trimmings
- Raw fruit and vegetable scraps
- Fresh grass clippings
Browns are a source of carbon, and provide energy for the microbes.
- Dried grasses, leaves
- Wood chips
- Twigs and branches
- Corncobs and stalks
If the tree is within the public right-of-way, trimming will include:
- Lifting branches for road safety;
- Removal of parallel, crossing, dead and broken branches; and
- Thinning out branches to allow sunlight and air flow through the crown of the tree.
If the tree is not within the right-of-way, but extends into the street, trimming will be limited to lifting branches for road safety.
- 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.
- Anytime that you need police, fire or medical service dial 9-1-1. In Hennepin County, all public safety service calls are dispatched through 9-1-1, even if it is not an emergency.
- Our open house is held in October at Fire Station III, 3300 Dunkirk Ln. N. See the events calendar for this year’s date.
It’s a good idea to apply as soon as you move into your new home so that you don’t forget.
To qualify for a full-year homestead classification, homeowners must own and occupy their home on or before Dec. 1. The filing deadline is Dec. 15.
- 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.)
- 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.
- Generally, the location of the trunk determines who owns the tree. A tree trunk that stands solely in your yard is your tree.
To qualify, you must:
- Be the owner or a qualifying relative* of at least one of the owners; and
- Occupy the property as your primary residence; and
- Be a Minnesota resident. In the case of a qualified relative, the owner need not be a Minnesota resident.
(*To qualify for a relative homestead, you must be the owner’s son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, stepchild, parent, parent-in-law, stepparent, grandchild, grandparent, grandparent-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew.)
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Backyard composting is recycling at its easiest and best. Through composting, nature turns yard waste and certain food scraps into something good for your lawn and garden. Composting:
- Adds organic matter to help the soil absorb and retain water and nutrients.
- Reduces the need to water.
- Protects plants from drought and freezing.
- Prevents erosion when compost is used as a mulch.
- Provides beneficial nutrients to plants.
- 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.
- 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.
- We take volunteering very seriously. Therefore, it is important to maintain accurate records on each volunteer.
- Removal of diseased elm trees slows the spread of Dutch elm disease. The disease is spread by beetles which are able to fly for miles, making the disease a region-wide problem.
It is the intention of the City Council to provide residents with a safe living space. Hazardous trees, may cause considerable property damage as well as threaten lives if left to fall on their own.
- Even though Social Security numbers are private information, under Minnesota law they must be provided before a homestead will be granted. Social Security numbers will be used to determine if owners or relatives of owners have applied for more than one homestead in the state.
- 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.
- The city will re-inspect your trees 20 calendar days after notice is sent by mail. If additional trees are show signs of disease, they will be marked for removal and you will be further notified.
- 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.