Community Planning &
Economic Development

Construction Code Services
Public Service Center
250 S. 4th St., Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
311 or (612) 673-3000

 

Code Complinace Program Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I find out if a property is condemned needing a code compliance inspection?
  2. Does the City of Minneapolis require any kind of inspection prior to offering a condemned property for sale?
  3. How can I find out if a property has a valid code compliance inspection report?
  4. If a Truth in Sale of Housing report was made at the property PRIOR to the condemnation, can that report be used to sell the property?
  5. If I own a condemned property, do I have to notify the City of Minneapolis before I can start working on the property?
  6. Do I need to make an appointment prior to coming down to the office to start the process and/or ask questions?
  7. Who is responsible for making application and paying for the code compliance inspection?
  8. How can I obtain an application for code compliance and find out what the fee will be?
  9. How do I submit the application and pay for the inspection?
  10. How long does it take to get the inspection once the application and fee have been received?
  11. Does someone have to be at the property for the inspection?
  12. Does the property (meaning yard, house, garage, etc.) have to be cleaned out?
  13. How long after the inspection do I have to wait before I can get the work orders?
  14. Can I offer the property for sale, start working on it or occupy it if I have had the inspection but the orders haven't been issued?
  15. If I purchase a condemned property, can I resell it using already issued orders without completing the entire code compliance process?
  16. If I run out of money and cannot complete the project, can I sell the condemned property before it is completed?
  17. As the homeowner can I pull the permits to rehab the property?
  18. Can I have someone sleep or stay at the property or have a dog at the property for security reasons?
  19. Do I really have to pay a $2000 deposit before I can start? Can I pay by credit card or check? Is this the only fee that needs to be paid before I can start?
  20. Can someone pay the fee on my behalf? Does the fee have to be paid in person?
  21. How long do I have to complete the project? Can I ask for more time if I am not done?
  22. What happens if I don't complete the work in the timeline allowed including the extension?
  23. If I pull the building permit as the homeowner and find I do not know how to complete some of the work, will the building inspectors or other city staff explain and educate me so I can do the work myself?
  24. If I know how to do the plumbing, heating, mechanical or electrical work, own the property and plan to live in it, can I perform this work?
  25. Can I offer a condemned property for rent before the project is completed as long as I don't allow the tenants to move in?
  26. Can I live in the condemned property while it is being rehabbed?
  27. If I am in a hurry to buy or sell a condemned house, is there any way to speed up the process?
  28. Are the orders available on the City of Minneapolis website?
  29. What if I see someone working on a condemned property and I don't think they have permits?
  30. What if I have additional questions regarding this process?
  1. You can go to Property Info and follow the prompts. When you get to the property summary page, scroll about half way down and you can see the active parcel flags. Flags on the property will be listed here. If the property is condemned requiring code compliance it will show "Condemned CC required".
  2. 1 and 2 unit dwellings (single family/duplex) that are condemned requiring code compliance must have a code compliance inspection report issued prior to legally offering the property for sale.
  3. You can call 612-673-5805 or email CCS Certificates if the property is being offered for sale, the listing agent is required to provide a complete copy of the code compliance work orders when offering the property for sale.
  4. No. The report cannot be used to sell the property. Once a property is condemned requiring code compliance, any Truth in Sale of Housing report becomes INVALID.
  5. Yes. Work is not allowed at the condemned property without a valid code compliance inspection report and all necessary fees paid and processes must be complied with.
  6. Yes. Please call 612-673-5805 or email CCS Certificates prior to coming down to the office. Most questions and requests can be quickly answered via phone or email. Walk-in customers for code compliance may have a longer wait time so staff can gather information and often will need to return at a later time. Appointments made in advance can usually be made for the same day if you contact us in the morning otherwise the next business day.
  7. The owner of the condemned property is the responsible party. However, the owner may choose to have someone make application, pay for and schedule the inspection on his or her behalf. This can include an agent, representative, family member, advocate, bank, management company, contractor, etc. The person doing this on behalf of the owner must provide access to the property and comply with all of the scheduling and application processes.
  8. You can visit the City of Minneapolis website for an application and fee schedule. You can also call 612-673-5805 or email CCS Certificates.
  9. The application and fee can be mailed to the address at the bottom of the application. If you wish to pay for the inspection over fax or email with a credit card, please call 612-673-5805 or email CCS Certificates for a credit card invoice. Payments cannot be taken over the phone. If you wish to make application and pay the fee in person, please call 612-673-5805 or email CCS Certificates to schedule an appointment to come down to our office.
  10. We are typically booked one-and-a-half to two weeks in advance for scheduling inspections. The inspection cannot be scheduled until the application and fee have been received and processed.
  11. There does NOT need to be anyone at the property for the inspection. The inspectors cannot remove any boards to access the property. They can use a lockbox if provided when the application is made. The inspectors must be able to access all areas of the property including the basement, attic and garage if there is one.
  12. Yes. The property must be completely cleaned out. Meaning, free of trash, food stuff, personal property, furniture, construction materials, animals (dead or alive) human waste and feces, animal feces, bird droppings, any other hazardous materials. You cannot store belongings in the garage.
  13. It will be a MINIMUM of seven business days after the inspection before the orders will be available. We will email the orders to the applicant as soon as they are ready. If email is not an option, we can also fax them or send them by US Mail. You can also pick them up by making an appointment in advance.
  14. No. Occupancy is not allowed until all work orders have been completed, inspected and approved with a certificate of code compliance issued. It is unlawful to offer a condemned property for sale without the code compliance work orders being issued. This includes listing on the MLS (TNA not allowed) advertising on internet sites, putting a sign out, word of mouth, etc. Work is not allowed until all required fees and processes have been complied with.
  15. No. Once you purchase a condemned property, you must complete the entire project and have a certificate of code compliance issued before you can offer the property for sale, rent or occupy. The orders are only valid for one sale and a condemned property can only be sold one time before it MUST be rehabbed.
  16. No. Once you purchase a condemned property, you must complete the entire project. The Ordinance does not take financial situations into consideration. We recommend that you take all costs and out of pocket expenses into consideration before purchasing the home.
  17. A homeowner may be able to pull the required building permit for the scope of the rehab IF the property is registered in the homeowners' name. If the property is in the name of an LLC, Corporation, IRA, Bank or other financial institution, non-profit, business, trust, City, County or State, a licensed general contractor is required to pull the building permit and perform all of that work. All plumbing, heating, mechanical and electrical work MUST be completed by licensed contractors with all required permits pulled.
  18. No. Occupancy is not allowed. This includes someone staying at the property or dogs being left at the property for security purposes.
  19. The $2000 deposit is required before any work can begin or before any permits can be pulled. The deposit must be paid in the form of a CASHIER check. Personal or business checks and credit cards CANNOT be accepted. An appointment must be made prior to coming down to our office to pay the deposit. There may be other fees due to other departments that are required before the permit process can begin.
  20. Yes. The deposit must be paid in person. The deposit can be paid by someone on the behalf of the owner. The deposit will be refunded to the name listed on the statement of understanding. The statement of understanding is completed at the time the deposit is paid. The person completing the form is responsible for listing the appropriate person to refund the monies to.
  21. The Ordinance allows 6 months from the date the deposit is paid for total completion. The Ordinance allows a (90) ninety day extension if the project is at least 50 percent complete. Our policy is that all required permits MUST be pulled to be considered 50 percent complete. If that requirement has been met, we can grant the 90 day extension.
  22. The $2000 deposit will be forfeited for non-compliance of the required timeline. If at the time of forfeiture all required permits have been pulled, you will not be required to pay an additional deposit and may continue working. If you do not have all your permits pulled, you will be required to pay an additional deposit and restrictions may apply to what work can continue. Please keep in mind that the work orders do expire and if the project goes too far past the timeline, additional inspection fees may apply.
  23. No. As the permit applicant and holder, you are responsible for completing all of the work on the permit as well as have adequate knowledge of the city codes, ordinances and construction standards that must be met to comply with the orders. The city can inform you of violations, they cannot provide instruction and training on how to do the work. If you cannot perform the work to the required standards, you will be required to hire a licensed general contractor.
  24. Unless you are a licensed contractor in that trade, you cannot pull a permit for that work. Licensed contractors are required for all plumbing, heating, mechanical and electrical work.
  25. No. It is unlawful to offer a condemned property for rent as it cannot be lawfully occupied. There is a substantial fine assessed if you are caught offering a condemned property for rent and/or move people into a condemned property.
  26. No. The property cannot be occupied by anyone, including the owner.
  27. There is no way to speed up the process. The fastest way to order a code compliance inspection and receive the orders is to make application and pay for the inspection via credit card over fax or email. Make sure the property is completely cleaned out and that the inspectors can access the property for the inspection. You can estimate the wait time to be a minimum of three-and-one-half to four weeks from the date we process the application and fee to the date that you actually receive the report.
  28. The orders are not available on the City of Minneapolis website at this time. The City will provide them to the applicant. It is the responsibility of the owner or agent to provide the orders to prospective buyers. Please contact the person offering the property for sale for the orders. If you have attempted to contact them and they are not providing the orders, call 612-673-5805 or email CCS Certificates and we will contact the responsible party and advise them of the requirement. We will also supply you with a copy of the orders as well.
  29. You can check for permits at Property Info to verify that work should be going on at the property. If there are no permits, please call 612-673-5805.
  30. Please call 612-673-5805 or email us at CCS Certificates.

Last updated Nov. 27, 2013