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Building permits are needed for most home improvement projects, including: • Windows • Siding • Roofing • Electrical work • Plumbing • Sheet rock • Demolition • Framing • Additions • Garages • Driveways • Steps • Decks If you are not sure if a building permit is needed, call our Building Inspections Department at 763-767-6476. In some cases you must have a licensed contractor for certain projects.
Many times your home is your single largest investment. If the construction project does not comply with codes adopted by the City, the value of your home investment could possibly be reduced. In addition, property insurers may not cover work done without proper permits and inspections. If a home or building is listed for sale, a potential buyer may examine City records to ensure proper permits and inspections were obtained.
Permits are not required for the following projects: replacing cabinets in a kitchen or elsewhere, installing carpet or other floor coverings, installing wallpaper or paneling on finished surfaces, redecorating without structural changes and simple landscaping projects.
Homeowners may apply for a permit if they plan to do the work themselves on the structure they presently reside in. If you are hiring a contractor, the contractor is required to have a State Building Contractors license and pull all required permits. The Homeowner or Contractor completing the work is responsible for obtaining all required permits. Building Permits are required for nearly all structural improvements made to a home or accessory buildings. Additions, decks, porches, roofing, siding and windows require building permits. Mechanical Permits are required for heating and ventilation system work. Electrical Permits are required for all electrical wiring. Plumbing Permits are required for all changes to plumbing. If you are unsure if a project requires a permit, you may contact the Building Inspection Department at (763) 767-6476.
No. The contractor must take out a building permit. When the contractor signs the permit, they are agreeing to do the work according to code. If you sign for the permit, you are liable for correcting the contractor's work if it should fall short of City adopted code standards. Before your project begins, insist on seeing the permit. During the course of your project, monitor your contractor’s inspection records. This protects homeowners from being responsible for code violations and ensures project completion.
Typically permits expire if work authorized by the permit is not commenced within 180 days after issuance.
Permit applications can be found on the City's website under ePermits. Contractors and homeowners can obtain some residential building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical permits electronically through the Internet. The process is simple, and the website transaction is secured through PayPal.
Yes. The placement and use of dumpsters, both soft and hard sided, on residential properties is limited to one month, except in associations with an active building permit. In such cases, the dumpster must be removed within six months of the date of the issuance of the building permit. Dumpsters are not allowed to be placed on city streets; they must be placed on private property.
The Civic Center is closed on national holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Day after, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Yes, you may bring in your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Or, you can use the caterer of your choice.
No, our kitchen is a commercially licensed kitchen, and you must have a Minnesota licensed caterer if you wish to use the kitchen. The kitchen currently does not have a working stove or oven.
Yes, but you must contract with a vendor on our Approved Alcoholic Beverage Providers list to provide and serve the beverages.
Yes, but you must contract a vendor on our Approved Alcoholic Beverage Providers list to provide and serve the beverages.
It pays for a Coon Rapids police officer to provide security for the last four hours of your event.
No. Due to various reasons none of these items are allowed.
Yes. They must be contained in some sort of votive or glass.
Yes. Friday or Saturday nights music must end at midnight. You must cognizant sound levels so you are not disturbing other renters.
No. Tape and tacks damage the surface of the walls, requiring repair afterward.
Plan your celebration so you have time to decorate within the contracted rental time. If you need to decorate earlier, include this time in your rental agreement.
Decorations may be hung from the ceiling.
You may bring your own decorations that are not glitter or tacked or taped to walls. Decorations may not be hung from the ceiling.
CTN programming is available on Comcast in Coon Rapids. Our community calendar can be seen on Channel 14, community programming is available on Channel 15 (859 HD), government programming can be viewed on Channel 16 (799 HD) and content from other local community stations runs on Channel 19.
You can order online here.
No, You can only get CTN’s award-winning programming on Xfinity (formerly Comcast) cable television.
CTN programming is all staff produced, therefore, we do not have a public access facility.
CTN does not collect cable equipment or process payments for Comcast bills. The closest Comcast/Xfinity Store is located at 9660 Colorado Lane in Brooklyn Park. They are open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information on CenturyLink will follow.
The City of Coon Rapids does not use general tax dollars to fund the activities of CTN but instead generates departmental funding through cable user fees. These fees are listed on your monthly cable bill as a 5% franchise fee and a $2.23 Public, Education and Government (PEG) fee. These fees, combined with the revenue generated from our production service projects, provides the funding necessary to operate CTN.
You can email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill out the online form.
The City of Coon Rapids does not require a license for most types of businesses. However, certain businesses, including those selling alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, Christmas trees, or secondhand goods, must have a city license. Massage therapy businesses, bowling alleys, adult-oriented businesses, and currency exchange businesses also require a license. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 763-767-6493 for application information.
Also, different types of businesses are allowed in different zoning districts. You can check the Zoning Map to find out the zoning of a particular property and the land development regulations (City Code Chapter 11) to find out which uses are allowed. Contact the Planning Division at 763-767-6430 if you have any questions related to land use or zoning.
Even if your business does not need a city license, most types of building renovations will require at least one building permit. You can contact the Building Inspections Department at 763-767-6476 for more information.
The City of Coon Rapids offers financial assistance for development projects meeting certain city goals. Businesses can receive technical assistance through the Coon Rapids Open to Business program, which provides existing and prospective entrepreneurs with free one-on-one counseling with a business advisor. The program provides assistance in financial management, loan packaging, business planning, real estate analysis, marketing, navigating regulations, and professional referrals. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Business Services Division can help companies expand, find and train employees, promote international trade, and finance business expansions. Check out our Financial Resources information for more details.
Any Minnesota resident eligible to vote who can read, write and speak English can be an election judge.
Contact the City Clerk at 763-767-6493. Serving as an election judge is a great opportunity to serve the community.
Appointments are recommended by the City Clerk, depending on the needs for each election, and approved by the City Council.
Yes. The current pay is $11 per hour.
Minnesota Statute 204B.195 allows individuals to take time off from work, without penalty or loss of wages, to serve as Elections Judges on election day(s). A 20-day written notice requesting to be absent from work for this purpose must be submitted to the employer. The request must be accompanied by a certification from the City of Coon Rapids indicating the days and hours the employee will serve as an Election Judge.
The employer may reduce the salary of the employee by the amount received for working as an election judge for hours the employee would normally work. The Statute makes this decision optional for the employer.
The City of Coon Rapids prohibits the use of any type of grill (gas, electric, charcoal) from being used on the deck of any vertically stacked residential unit. This includes any structure containing two or more vertically stacked units.
City Code section 12-419 reads: In any structure containing two or more vertically stacked residential units, no person shall kindle, maintain, or cause any fire or open flame on any balcony above ground level, or on any ground level patio immediately adjacent to or within 15 feet of any unit.
No person shall store any fuel, barbeque, torch, or other similar heating or lighting chemicals or devices in either of the above places.
Call the Fire Department at 763-767-6429 for more information or if you have further questions.
Yes. To schedule a tour call 763-767-6429.
Clinics take place at the Coon Rapids Police Department, 11155 Robinson Drive.
If a boulevard tree needs trimming call 763-767-6455 to contact the City Forester or submit a ticket through our Report It module.
Yes. The annual Arbor Day tree sale assists residents in acquiring a tree for their property at a nominal fee. Residents choose from a wide selection of bare root trees which can be pre-ordered through our Forestry Division. Arbor Day in Minnesota is the last Friday in April.
The Forestry Division can assist in answering many of your forestry-related questions. Contact the City Forester by email or by phone at 763-767-6455.
April 1st through November 30th, weather permitting. Fees may apply. Call the County at 763-324-3400 for additional details.
Please contact Walter’s Recycling and Refuse at 763-780-8464, or DEM-CON at 952-445-5755.
The Coon Rapids Recycling Center, located at 1831 111th Avenue NW, accepts appliances every day during open hours. Fees apply. Check the recycling page for more information.
For grass taller than 8 inches, you may call the Long Grass Hotline at 763-951-7200. Make sure to have the specific address of the property and include it in your message. For all other complaints, you may call the Code Enforcement Hotline at 763-767-6470.
Contact the Lending Center, part of the Center for Energy and Environment at 612-335-5891 to ask what home improvement funds you are eligible for. Remember, do not begin your projects until you have received approval for your funding.
You may submit an application when there is a posting for current job openings. We do not accept applications when there is not a current opening.
We accept all applications online through the City website.
You may apply for as many open positions as you choose. A separate application must be submitted for each position.
Resumes may be attached to an application, but are not accepted as a substitute for a completed city application form.
No, applications are only accepted for current open positions.
Minimum qualifications for a position are listed on the job announcement. Read these requirements carefully. You should be able to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualifications. If you are unsure, submit your application and Human Resources will review and compare your qualifications to other applications received.
Education or experience standards must be met as of the closing date of a job posting. Any exceptions to this requirement are noted in the job announcement. Possession of job requirements does not guarantee an interview. Each candidate's qualifications will be reviewed in comparison with other candidates.
When completing an online application you will find a question regarding veteran's preference. Please read the question, select one of the response options and attach a copy of your DD214 or other required documentation. If you do not supply the DD214 or other required documentation with your application, you must submit it no later than 7 calendar days after the application deadline for the position for which you are applying. If you do not supply the required documentation within the defined time frame, veterans preference points will not be awarded.
Applications are accepted until the closing date and time listed on the job announcement. Late applications will not be accepted.
Human Resources and the hiring department staff will review your application. It is very important to list all of your qualifications, education, experience (paid or volunteer), licenses, certificates and special skills on your application.
Occasionally other materials may be required. These other required materials may include a supplement designed for that position, a statement of qualification, or a writing sample. Any other required materials are noted in the job announcement.
Yes, in most circumstances, the application you submitted will only be considered for the position for which you first applied.
Candidates selected by Human Resources and the hiring department to be invited for an interview will be contacted by telephone or email. Applicants not selected for an interview will receive an email notification.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Candidates must be currently enrolled in a law enforcement program. The Community Service Officer position in Coon Rapids is an internship program designed to provide students in the law enforcement program working exposure in a police department and is limited to no more than 4 years. Candidates must possess strong communication skills and have an understanding and appreciation of the role, functions, and responsibilities of a police department. Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
When the City has a Community Service Officer vacancy, the posting will be displayed on the City’s website.
Police officer candidates must possess an associate's degree in Police Science, have attained the age of 21 years and possess a valid driver's license with a good driving record. Two years of experience in a full-time Police Department may be substituted for each year of the educational requirement. Applicants must be Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) eligible and will be required to provide a copy of their POST certification or license with their application.
When the City is recruiting for a Police Officer eligibility roster, the posting will be displayed on the City’s website.
Full-time (career) firefighter vacancies are only available to Coon Rapids Paid-On-Call Firefighters. The City conducts external recruitment only for the Paid-On-Call Firefighter roster.
The Paid-On-Call roster recruitment generally occurs every two years. Any vacancy for a Paid-On-Call Firefighter is filled from this roster. Successful candidates will possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Appointed individuals must meet response time requirements. A Paid-On-Call Firefighter is required to maintain residency within the 10-minute response zone. The Coon Rapids’ response zone is based on a 10 minute drive time from each fire station. Paid-On-Call Firefighter candidates cannot also be an employee of the City of Coon Rapids or cannot be an active member of any other fire department. Successful candidates must possess a valid driver’s license with a good driving record.
When the City is recruiting for a Paid-on-Call Firefighter eligibility roster, the posting will be displayed on the City’s website.
The Utilities Division has someone on call 24 hours a day for water and sewer emergencies. If you are experiencing a sewer backup in your home, call us first. You may be able to avoid an unnecessary service call and charge from a drain company if the problem is in the main line.
During our regular business hours of 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., you may call City Hall at 763-755-2880 and ask for Public Works.
At any other time call 911 and Utilities Division personnel will be dispatched to your home to analyze the problem.
The Public Works Department works with our independent lighting contractor to repair street light issues. Report outages by calling City Hall at 763-755-2880 and ask for Public Works. Or use our convenient online reporting system, Report It.
No, the Coon Rapids Recycling Center does not have trash on site. You have a few options to get rid of your furniture that is at the end of its life. You may call your trash hauler to have it picked up. You can also bring it to one of three waste transfer sites located in Blaine. SKB 651-224-6329, Walter’s 763-780-8464, or DEM-CON 952-445-5755.
City Code 12-306 states parking is prohibited on front and side yards except on improved surfaces. Parking in the rear yard is acceptable if the vehicle has current registration and is operable. Improved surface means a surface such as asphalt, concrete or pavers.
Signs are not permitted on trees, street signs or light and utility poles. One ground sign per lot is permitted, not larger than 6 square feet in area. Signs may not be located within the public right-of-way. All ground signs must be set back at least one foot from a public sidewalk or 18 feet from the curb if there is no sidewalk.
Coon Rapids has a winter parking ban in effect November 1st through April 1st. Vehicles cannot be parked on a public street between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. between those dates. Parking is also prohibited on public streets anytime there is an accumulation of three or more inches of snow or until the street has been plowed from curb to curb.
An odd-even sprinkling ban is in effect from June 1st through August 31st. This means houses with an odd number address water on odd numbered days, and even numbered addressed water on even numbered days. If necessary during periods of drought, additional restrictions may be imposed to ensure sufficient water supply for firefighting and every day necessities.
The City monitors vacant properties and turns off the water service at these homes to help protect them from freezing pipes, flooding, and property damage.
Call Property Maintenance at 763-767-6470 to report any property you suspect is vacant.
Grass and weeds cannot be taller than 8 inches. This includes front, side, and back yards as well as any grass on the other side of any fencing you may have on your property. The City monitors growth May 1st through October 1st.
Call Property Maintenance at 763-951-7200 to report long grass.
Senior activities are for those 55 years and older.
Chores and More is organized through the Blaine Human Services Building Attention: 1201 89th Avenue Northeast Suite 345 Blaine, MN 55434 Phone: 763-783-4767
The Senior Companion Program is offered through the Anoka County Community Action Program at Blaine Human Services Building1201 89th Avenue NortheastSuite 345Blaine, MN 55434Phone: 763-783-4745
The Streets Division (Public Works) is responsible for snow plowing, and street patching and sweeping. To report a problem, call the Public Works Department at 763-755-2880. If you prefer, you can report issues by using our Coon Rapids Report It system on this website.
The Bunker Hills compost site is located at 13285 Hanson Boulevard. It is open from April 1 to November 30, weather permitting.
Call the compost site at 763-767-7964 for hours and fees. Please DO NOT dispose of grass, leaves, branches or other debris in the street. This can clog drainage areas and contribute to contaminated stormwater runoff.
The Public Works Department coordinates with our independent lighting contractor. Report outages by calling 763-755-2880 and a work order is generated. You may also report street light outages online using the website Report It system.
Use the Coon Rapids Report It system. This allows you to describe the location of the pothole, submit a photo and email your request to our staff. You will then receive an email stating we received your report. Potholes are patched throughout the winter and spring. City staff rotate through various areas of town to get to all locations as quickly as possible.
Street sweeping occurs in the spring and summer. Residents can assist City crews by keeping their garbage/recycling cans out of the street, and place them behind the curb. This allows crews to clean streets thoroughly from curb-to-curb. Please do not keep basketball hoops, hockey goals or other materials in the streets or cul-de-sacs.
Reconstruction or mill and overlay work involves removing and replacing a section of a damaged curb, driveway aprons, sidewalks and repairing or replacing storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water main facilities. You can read more about current road reconstruction projects in the engineering area of the website.
Map of City, County and State streets
Call the Utilities Division. Someone is on call 24 hours a day for water and sewer emergencies. If you are experiencing a sewer backup in your home, call us first. You may be able to avoid an unnecessary service call and charge from a drain company if the problem is in the main line.
During regular business hours of 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., you may call Public Works at 763-755-2880.
At any other time call 911 and Utilities Division personnel will be dispatched to your home to analyze the problem. Also, call the City at 763-755-2880 if you are having your sewer line cleaned. This will help our crews be prepared for any tree roots or other debris that may clog the City’s main lines.
Water meters are maintained by the City. Plumbing valves, fittings and the service line to the curb stop are the responsibility of the property owner. Clear the area around your water meter to keep it accessible for ease of maintenance and reading.
If your water meter is leaking or it is not working properly, please call Utility Billing at 763-767-6438 to schedule an appointment.
Curb stops which isolate a service line from the main line in the street should be located and "at grade" for emergency shutoffs. City Code prohibits the use of electric welders for thawing frozen water lines.
Update September 1, 2021
Due to high water use and drought conditions, the City of Coon Rapids has enacted a Water Emergency which means no lawn and garden sprinkling or the use of irrigation systems every day during the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. until further notice. To read more, visit this link.
Yes, an odd/even sprinkling ban is typically in effect every year from June 1 - August 31. In 2021, the sprinkling ban was extended past August 31 until further notice, due to drought conditions and high water use. This means houses with an odd number address water on odd numbered days and even numbered addresses water on even numbered days. If necessary during periods of drought, additional restrictions may be imposed to ensure sufficient water supply for firefighting and every day necessities. It is best to water your lawn during the early morning hours. You should also set your rain sensor to detect when it’s raining so that your sprinkler system does not go off. Exceptions are made for new sod, seed and shrubs planted within the last 30 days.
Hydrants are flushed beginning in the spring to help remove iron and manganese sediment and to ensure each hydrant is operating properly.
Every spring, City utility crews flush half of the fire hydrants in the city. If crews are working in your neighborhood, you may experience some water discoloration, but this does not affect the safety of the water. It’s best to avoid doing laundry until the discoloration has disappeared.
If you have no water check to see if the water valves are open at the water meter by turning them counter-clockwise. If you have done this and there still is no water, call Public Works at 763-755-2880.
If you have low water pressure first make sure both valves before and after the water meter are completely open. Next, check the outside faucet. If the water pressure is good, then the problem is inside your home. If you are unable to determine the cause, call Public Works at 763-755-2880.
Don’t dig until you call Gopher State One Call at 651-454-0002 (also known as 811) to mark all underground installations on your property. It is a requirement by law. A 48-hour notice is required before doing any work.
Hardness: 16-18 grains PH Level: 7 Iron Content: 0-0.3 ppm
eUtilityBilling is a convenient, safe and secure online service the City of Coon Rapids offers utility customers. eUtilityBilling allows you to: Pay your utility bill 24/7 with a credit card or check, receive electronic billing statements, view billing and payment history on your account (for 24 months), schedule re-occurring payments and sign up for text or email notifications.
eBill is an electronic copy of your utility bill. When registering for eUtilityBilling, you may elect to receive ebills. If you choose to receive eBills, you will no longer receive a paper copy of your bill each quarter. You will be notified each quarter by email when your ebill is ready to be viewed online.
You may pay with cash (in person only), check, eUtilityBilling, automatic withdrawal from your checking or savings account.
Yes, an email address is required for payment confirmation because your payment receipt is sent via email.
You may need to register to receive electronic bills by email, but registration is not required for One Time Payments. One Time Payments require you to enter your payment information each time you make a payment. By registering, you avoid that step and gain access to your payment history.
Yes. Future payments can be set up at any time prior to the bill due date. You may change the payment anytime before the date the bill is scheduled to be paid.