Inspections at the time of sale are aimed at protecting the
community's overall housing stock and avoiding unsafe conditions and
major deterioration. The City of St. Louis Park requires property
inspections whenever a property is sold or ownership is transferred. To
ensure you are ready for closing, apply for your inspection before or
immediately after you place your property up for sale. A Property
Maintenance Certificate MUST be presented to the buyer and title
company when the property transfer occurs at closing.
To schedule an inspection, the homeowner or the owner's agent may
either call the Inspections Department at (952) 924-2588 or come to St.
Louis Park City Hall (second floor - Inspections Department). City Hall
is located at 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard (three blocks east of Highway
100). You may also apply on-line. (Click on Permits & Forms.)
The fee for the housing inspection includes the initial inspection and
any follow-up inspections that may be needed. Inspection appointments
are typically available within one to three days. A City inspector will
visit your property to check that the siding, roof, garage and interior
complies with the City's property maintenance code. A typical
inspection takes about 45 to 60 minutes. Fees are
- $195 house or townhome
- $115 condo
- $275 duplex
If the inspector finds no code violations, a Property Maintenance Certificate is issued.
If code violations are found, work orders are issued for the needed
repairs. In most cases, corrections must meet the code requirements
that were in place when the building was constructed. If a portion of
the home was remodeled, the remodeled section must comply with the
building code that was in effect when the remodeling occurred.
(Exception: smoke detectors are required in all buildings, no matter
In most cases, the seller makes the code corrections. However, buyers
may obtain a temporary property maintenance certificate if they sign an
agreement acknowledging the work orders and agreeing to make all
required code work within a specific time period. Buyers and sellers
must use the City's Agreement Form and pay a $50 service fee. In
addition, sufficient funds must be put in escrow to cover the cost
outlined in the agreement. A City representative must also sign off on
After repairs have been completed, a City housing inspector will return
for a follow-up inspection to verify that all work meets code. Once
this is done, a Property Maintenance Certificate is issued.
Certificates are good for one year.