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St. Louis Park-Mandatory Code Compliance:
This ordinance applies to all single and two family units, townhouses
and condominiums. The present occupant or owner must make application
for the certificate of Housing Maintenance Compliance. The initial
inspection must be completed before a seller can accept a purchase
St Louis Park, MN Truth In Housing
schedule an inspection, either the homeowner or the owner's agent must
complete an application form and submit the application fee. An
appointment for a 45 minute inspection should be available within three
to four days. Forms are available by calling 952-924-2588 or stopping
by City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard.
the inspection, a City inspector will check the roof, foundation,
exterior, electrical system, plumbing, and heating and cooling system
for compliance with the City's housing requirements. If the inspector
finds that the home complies with the housing code, you will receive a
Certificate of Compliance.
the inspector finds code violation, work orders are issued for the
needed repairs. After the corrections are completed, a City housing
inspector will return for a follow-up inspection to verify that all
repairs meet code. Once this is done, a Certificate of Compliance is
issued. Sellers must obtain a Certificate of Compliance before the
sale, transfer of title, or change of occupancy.
house must comply with the code that was in effect at the time the home
was constructed. Corrections must be made if the deficiency was a
violation of the code when the home was built or if the deficiency
poses a safety hazard. Life-safety hazards must be corrected, even if
the deficiency was not a code requirement when the home was
constructed. Many items, such as ceiling heights, floor area and window
size, are exempt from the code if they are considered "built-in
deficiencies" and do not present a safety hazard.
the structure complies with the housing code, the city manager will
issue a certificate to the present owner or occupant. This certificate
is then filed with the city. The prospective buyer shall not take
occupancy of the dwelling before the certificate has been filed with
the city. The Certificate of Housing Maintenance Compliance is valid
for one year from the date of issuance. For more information call
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.