|Belle Plaine City Code|
The City of Belle Plaine has code regulations designed to promote high-quality land management and protect the overall wellbeing of the Community. These regulations may be enforced several different ways depending on the ordinance and situation. Some ordinances are enforced proactively through building or zoning permits and others are enforced through violations which are on a complaint only basis. To find out more about code enforcement in the City of Belle Plaine, please see below.
How do I file a complaint?
There are 2 ways to file a complaint:
1.) Fill out the Code Enforcement Complaint Form found above and put it in the City Hall drop box located on the front of the building, you may also E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post mail to:
Attn: Code Enforcement
218 North Meridian Street
PO Box 129
Belle Plaine, MN 56011
2.) Call or stop by the City Hall in person to file a complaint with Scott McCarty, Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Official. He can be reached by phone at 952-873-5553.
What happens if my property is in violation of City Code?
If a complaint is reported regarding the violation on your property, the Code Enforcement Official will come to your property to inspect for the alleged violation. If a violation is found, you will be notified that your property is noncompliant with City Code and given a 10 day correction period to bring your property into compliance. The Code Enforcement Official will explain what the violation is and how you can correct it. After the correction period has ended, the Code Enforcement Official will re-inspect your property to confirm the violation has been corrected and your property if compliant with City Code.
Please remember, the goal with code enforcement is to work with property owners to ensure City Code violations get resolved. If you are unsure of how to bring your property into compliance with City Code or you think you may need additional time to correct a violation, communicate your concerns and questions with the Code Enforcement Official.
What happens when a property owner does not bring their property into Compliance with City Code?
When a property owner fails to correct a City Code violation after being notified by the City and does not communicate the reason for noncompliance with the Code Enforcement Official, the City will move forward with disciplinary action. The disciplinary action depends on the violation. Typically, this involves issuing a citation to the property owner. Violations of City Code are misdemeanor offences, which may carry a penalty of up to 90 days in jail and/or up to a $1,000.00 fine. After the City issues a citation, the property owner will be provided with a court date. The Scott County judicial system will impose disciplinary action after a citation has been issued.
When a property owner has tall grass or weeds (12 inches) on their property and fails to mow after being notified by the City and given 10 days to do so. The City will have the tall grass or weeds on the property mowed and bill the property owner at a cost of $175 per lot to cover the costs of mowing.
Common Code Violations
Tall Grass or Weeds. Keep your lawn mowed regularly and remove weeds from your property. Weeds in excess of 12” (inches) in height must be mowed and maintained throughout the growing season (City Code 601.03).
Improper Vehicle Parking. Do not leave unlicensed and/or inoperable vehicles parked outside on your property. Keep automobiles parked on paved surfaces and do not allow semi tractors or other commercial vehicles to be parked on your property.
Residential Area Parking. On and off-street parking facilities accessory to residential use shall be utilized solely for the parking of licensed and operable passenger automobile; no more than one (1) truck not to exceed gross capacity of nine thousand (9,000) pounds; and recreational vehicles and equipment (City Code 400.03).
All areas intended to be utilized for parking space and driveways shall be surfaced with materials suitable to control dust and drainage. Driveways and stalls shall be surfaced with asphalt or concrete. Plans for surfacing and drainage of driveways and stalls for five (5) or more vehicles shall be submitted to the City Engineer for his/her review and the final drainage plan shall be subject to his/her written approval (City Code 1107.12).
Improper Outside Storage. Keep items not intended for outdoor use, stored indoors. If you need to place such items outside, be sure they are not left there permanently. All outside storage of materials and equipment for residential uses shall be stored within a building or fully screened so as not to be visible from adjoining properties (City Code 1107.08).
Accumulations in the open of discarded or disused machinery, household appliances, automobile bodies, or other material, in a manner conducive to the harboring of rats, mice, snakes, or vermin, or to fire, health or safety hazards from such accumulation, or from the rank growth of vegetation among the items so accumulated shall be declared nuisances affecting peace and safety (City Code 400.03).
Improper storage or disposal of refuse and rubbish. Store your trash in appropriate enclosed garbage bins and keep them out of your front yard on non pick-up days. Do not allow rubbish to be stored or disposed of outdoors on your property.
Litter on Private Property. It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, deposit, maintain, or store outside any litter on any private property within the City, whether owned by such person or not, and the owner and the person in control of any such private property shall at all times maintain the premises free of litter. Provided, however, that this Subdivision shall not prohibit the storage of litter in authorized private receptacles for collection (City Code 401.06).
To find more information regarding the City of Belle Plaine’s Code Enforcement policy, please contact the Community Development Department at (952)873-5553. You can also find more City Ordinances at: Belle Plaine City Code.