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Yes! Our Learn to Skate program offers lessons in the fall, winter and spring. Click here to view our offerings.
The Furniture and Things Community Event Center includes two sheets of ice. For more information, please visit https://www.activeelkriver.com/
We are currently not sharpening skates, however we hope to be able to offer this service soon.
Due to Covid restrictions, we currently do not have a lost and found available.
Most of the time. Property owners may perform building related trades on property they own and occupy. Property owners may personally perform mechanical, electrical and plumbing on property they own and occupy.
Exceptions: Rental Properties - Owners may perform building trade work. However, all plumbing, electrical & mechanical work shall be performed by a licensed contractor.
Intend to Sell Property - Owner must be state license if performing work on more than one property in a two-year period. All other trades require a licensed contractor.
If you are planning improvements to your property and do not want to do the work yourself, the following suggestions can help you select a contractor:
The State Department of Commerce establishes the rules for licensing of contractors. Most contractors are required to be licensed, however, there are some exceptions. You should ask your contractor if they are licensed. If a contractor asks you to apply for the building permit, chances are they are not licensed because we verify contractor licensing for all building permit applications. Resident homeowners do not have to be licensed to perform work on their own home. If you have questions about contractor licensing, contact the Department of Commerce at 651-539-1500.
The contractor you hire to complete your project is responsible for compliance with the state building code and they should be licensed by the state (when required) to perform the work. If there is ever a question as to whether or not some aspect of a construction project complies with the code, the contractor is the responsible party. If you are performing the work yourself, then you are the responsible party.
If you're planning to do any digging in connection with your building project, you must call Gopher State One Call at 800-252-1166 to arrange for utility companies to mark the buried utility lines in your yard. This service is free, but you should call at least 48 hours prior to digging. Learn more online at Gopher State One Call's website.
It is the property owners’ responsibility to determine where the property lines are. Property iron stakes (typically 36-inch-long rods) are placed at the corners of the lot usually at or below grade, and sometimes can be found using a metal detector. The city does not provide surveying services. Approximate property lines and dimensions can be found on the county’s website.
A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with the approved drawings and specifications. The drawings and specifications must be approved and a permit issued by the City of Elk River. The purpose of the permit is to ensure that the building project meets minimum safety, zoning and aesthetic requirements enforced by the City of Elk River and required by the State Building Code.
A building permit is required for a shed that is larger than 200 square feet.
Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by the City, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without proper permits and inspections. If you decide to sell your home or building, the potential buyer may examine our records to make sure the proper permits and inspections were obtained.
Your permit also allows the code official to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety, and welfare. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends, or future owners.
Do not take out a building permit for the contractor. When the contractor signs the permit, the contractor is 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 or State building code standards. Make sure your contractor has a permit and that the contractor calls for inspections. An inspection card will be issued and should be displayed near the work area.When each inspection has been completed, the City's Inspector will sign the card. When the final inspection is approved, the inspectors' signatures are your assurance that the work has been properly inspected and no violations of the building code were discovered. You should pay for the work only after it has passed final inspection.
Some projects that do not require a permit include cosmetic changes such as paint, wall paper, floor covering, cabinets, countertops, tiled backsplash, vanities, trim, baseboard, interior doors, fences, retaining walls less than 4 feet in height, and sheds 200 square feet or less.
If you are unsure whether you need a permit, contact the Building Division and explain what you will be doing. Staff will advise you if the work you are doing is regulated and whether or not a permit is required.
To apply for an electrical permit, you will need to apply through the State of Minnesota via the Department of Labor and Industry website. All of the instructions on how to set up an account and apply for a permit can be found on their website.
Fence permits are not required in residential areas if they are 6 feet or less in height. Fence Guidelines must still be followed.
Permits are required for fences in a commercial zoned area if they are 6 feet or higher. Engineered plans must be submitted with your permit applications.
In accordance with Minnesota Rules, permits expire within 180 days of issuance if no work is started and no inspections have been called in by the permit holder. Permits also expire if work has started, but then is suspended for more than 180 days and no inspections are called in by the permit holder.
The most common ordinance violation is long grass. Per city code, grass cannot exceed eight (8) inches in height.
Garage sale signs or political signs can be placed on any private property with permission from the owner. No signs can ever be on City property, posts, attached to trees, or in the right-of-way. All signs that violate the ordinance will be removed by the Code Enforcement Official. View this short video for a visual explanation.
A maximum of 12 chickens are allowed on parcels two and one-half to five acres on all residentially zoned properties in the city. Review Sec 30-803. - Animals, section (d), of the City Ordinances for further clarification and requirements.
No; Dandelions are not considered a noxious weed. The City of Elk River uses the University of Minnesota list of noxious weeds. If a noxious weed is identified on any property, a violation letter is sent with an order to permanently eradicate.
The City does remove snow and ice from some sidewalks, but not all of them. If your sidewalk is one that is not maintained by the City, it is your responsibility to remove all snow and ice within 48 hours of a snow event. A snow removal map is available on the city website or at Elk River City Hall.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your Elk River Ambulance bill, please call 763-496-5600 and select #1 to be transferred to Allina.
The Ambulance Coordinator, Steve Dittbenner, teaches group CPR classes. The classes cover CPR, AED, and first aid. Please call 763-496-5600 and select #2 to be transferred to Steve.
Please contact the Ambulance Coordinator, Steve Dittbenner, at 763-496-5600 if you have any questions or concerns.
The mailing address for the Elk River Ambulance Service is 415 Jackson Avenue, Elk River, MN 55330.
Fecal coliform by themselves are not dangerous, but are an indicator of contamination. Fecal coliform bacteria naturally occur in the human digestive tract and aid in the digestive process. In infected people, pathogenic organisms are found along with the fecal coliform.
If a fecal count in swimming water exceeds 200 Colony Forming Units (CFU), the risk increases that pathogenic organisms are also present. A person swimming in water with fecal counts exceeding 200 risk getting sick. Pathogens can enter the body through cuts in the skin or through the nose, mouth, and ears.
No; the fire department does not fill private swimming pools or skating rinks. The use of city water and city equipment to fill private pools or skating rinks is prohibited. There are businesses in the area that are able to provide this service to citizens.
The fire department does not conduct car seat inspections or take take expired car seats for recycling purposes. Check out the Car Seat Checks map to find a contact near you to have your car seat inspected. Visit the Child Passenger Safety page for restraint steps, free car seat distribution centers, and other tips.
Due to expense and security concerns, we are unable to honor requests for uniform patches or other memorabilia. Patches, t-shirts, etc are property of the City of Elk River and are only issued to active fire department personnel.
To determine the distance from your house to the closest fire station, use Google Maps. Enter your address, as well as the address for one of the two fire stations. The addresses for the fire stations are: Fire Station #1 - 415 Jackson Ave and Fire Station #2 - 13073 Orono Pkwy.
If you live within city limits, you can obtain a burning permit from the front desk at City Hall (13065 Orono Parkway) or download a request form here. If you live outside of city limits, you can either contact a Fire Warden or purchase a permit online at the MN DNR website. Review the Burning Map for information on Open Burning Permits in Elk River. Please note: Elk River Fire does not conduct controlled burns.
If you or your insurance agent are seeking an ISO rating or you would like more information on ISO, visit their website or contact their Main Office at 856-985-5600. Check out the ISO Information section on our website for additional information.
The fire department does not bring fire trucks to private birthday parties, grand openings, side walk sales, etc. Fire truck visits are only considered for educational, charitable, or town sanctioned events. If you would like to request a fire truck for your event, complete the Fire Truck Request form and a representative from the department will contact you.
To obtain a copy of a fire report, complete the Request a Copy of a Fire Incident Report form.
Please note that the fire department does respond to car crashes; however, fire department personnel do not conduct investigations on these types of incidents. To obtain a copy of a crash report, contact the law enforcement agency that was on scene.
When the firefighter hiring process opens, a full job posting and application for employment will be available on the City of Elk River website under Employment Opportunities. We do not have applications available, or accept applications, for the firefighter positions unless the hiring process is officially open (i.e. we do not keep applications on file for future openings). The hiring process for firefighters is currently open - apply today!
All firefighters are required to live within an eight (8) minute response time to one of the two fire stations.
No. If hired, you will go through the Elk River Fire Academy. The Fire Academy is held on site at one of the stations 2-3 nights per week. During your time in the Fire Academy, you will receive all training and certifications required to be a firefighter.
Yes. Medical and physical requirements follow OSHA and NFPA standards. The City of Elk River is an equal opportunity employer.
No; there are currently not any volunteer opportunities available with the Fire Department. All Elk River firefighters are paid-on-call, meaning that they are paid when they respond to calls for service, attend training, work at special events, etc. Paid-on-call firefighters are considered part-time employees of the City of Elk River.
No. Elk River Fire partners with Allina to host classes at the fire station or off-site. All expenses are paid by the Elk River Fire Department.
We currently have (3) Engines, (1) Ladder truck, (4) Grass trucks, (2) Tenders, (1) Rescue truck, (1) Incident Support Trailer, and (5) staff vehicles. If you would like to see pictures of our apparatus, they can be viewed here: Station 1 Apparatus and Station 2 Apparatus.
If you live within the Elk River city limits, you can obtain a burning permit from the front desk at City Hall (13065 Orono Parkway). If you live outside of city limits, you can either contact a Fire Warden or purchase a permit online at the MN DNR website. Note: Elk River Fire does not conduct controlled burns.
Commercial/Industrial Properties see charges between $29 and $170 per month. You need to call your utility company to find your classification.
ElectricSmall Commercial/Industrial - Non Demand $25General Commercial/Industrial - Demand $70Large Commercial/Industrial - >1 MW Demand - $100
GasCommercial/Industrial, Small Volume A - $4Commercial/Industrial, Small Volume B - $16Commercial/Industrial, Small Volume C - $50Large Commercial/Industrial, Duel Fuel A and B - $70
Yes, the keeping of bees is allowed on properties one acre or more. Beekeeping Cheat Sheet and Permit
All Below-Ground pools require a building permit. Below-Ground Cheat Sheet
Above-Ground pools that exceed 5,000 gallons and have a depth capacity of 2-feet or more require a building permit. Above-Ground Cheat Sheet
No person shall stop, stand, or park any vehicle or permit it to stand on any street in the city when, within the preceding 24 hours, falling or blowing snow or a combination of falling and blowing snow has accumulated to a depth of 1.5 or more inches of snow at street level anywhere within that block, or when 1.5 or more inches of snow has been predicted within the next 24 hours as determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Provided, however, that parking shall be permitted within any block of any public street where not otherwise prohibited whenever the entire length of roadway of such block 2 propsed 5.9.2015 has been cleared of snow from curb to curb, or in the case of streets without curbs, between the outer edges of the shoulders of such streets
No, the City of Elk River no longer requires pet licensing.
September 2020 - In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the city’s ongoing efforts to best ensure the health and safety of residents and staff, the Elk River Police Department is not conducting station tours at this time.
Meeting rooms are available to rent. Call 763.635.4500 for more information.
The Senior Activity Center is available for those 55+.
Furniture and Things Community Event Center
1000 School Street
Elk River, MN 55330
We do not provide transportation. Please call the Senior Linkage Line at 1.800.333.2433 regarding transportation questions.
Yes. Please call the Senior Activity Center at 763.635.4500 for rates.
Yes. People come from the surrounding communities to participate in our programs.
RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) supports and connects volunteers 55 or better with opportunities in the Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns County area. Contact Heather Brooks, RSVP Coordinator at 763.635.4505 for more information.
No. Elk River Senior Dining and the Meals on Wheels Program are administered by Catholic Charities Dioceses of St Cloud and are located at 350 Evans in Elk River. Contact 763.441.6288 for more information.
In addition to the website, the monthly newsletter provides up to date information on all of our programs and events. Call the Senior Activity Center at 763.635.4500 to learn more.
A Snow Event is declared following a forecast of falling and/or blowing snow expected to accumulate at a depth of 1.5+ inches, and/or freezing rain, sleet, or other winter weather patterns resulting in hazardous roadway conditions. The city will terminate the Snow Event once weather conditions have improved.
When a Snow Event is declared, there is NO overnight parking on city streets between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. If plow operators encounter vehicles parked on city streets during a Snow Event, Elk River Police will be dispatched to ticket and tow, per city ordinance.
The length of a Snow Event can vary, and it is lifted at the discretion of city staff members. The city will terminate the Snow Event once weather conditions have improved.
Yes. 26 parking spots are designated for overnight parking during a Snow Event in the northern section of the King Avenue lot and 23 parking spaces in the lower lot (nearest to the Mississippi River) below businesses like Blue Egg Bakery, Occasional Fling Boutique, and Daddy-O's. View the map here.
The city uses several methods of communication to notify residents of a Snow Event. Please sign-up, like, or follow, one or all of the methods listed below:
If you believe your car has been towed, please contact Collins Brothers Towing at 763-241-9177, or the Elk River Police Department at 763-635-1260.
It is vital for vehicles to not park on city streets during a declared Snow Event, as to allow plow operators to efficiently clear the city streets. A plow truck equipped with front and wing plows can extend out to 18 feet which allows for a typical residential street to be cleared curb to curb in a single pass in each direction. Vehicles, garbage cans, basketball hoops or other obstructions in the roadway require operators to maneuver around the objects resulting in potential collisions with the plows or damage as a result of the snow coming off of the plow blade. Additionally, these obstructions mean a portion of the roadway is not being cleared of the snow and ice which could result in a safety hazard to other vehicles or pedestrians.
If you believe your mailbox was damaged during snow removal operations, please call 763.635.1120, or submit an incident report online here within 24 hours of the incident taking place. Please note, damage must be reported within 24 hours of the incident as city policy requires a Public Works employee to visit the site of the complaint in order to adequately survey the scene. Following the on-site survey of the scene, the plow operator responsible for the route that day is interviewed, and if the City of Elk River is determined to be at fault, staff will make contact with the homeowner and install a temporary mailbox. All temporary mailbox installations are documented throughout the winter, then when the ground has thawed in the spring, Public Works employees replace those temporary boxes with permanent, swing-away style mailboxes free of charge. If a resident prefers a different style of mailbox, they’ll be reimbursed $75 with proof of receipt of the alternate mailbox they purchased. In this case the resident will be responsible to install the mailbox themselves.
A few things to note - every year the city encounters its fair share of mailbox damage complaints that are the result of private plow companies hired to clear driveways and parking lots, as well as motorists who slide into residential boxes. When a plow makes contact with a mailbox, there are very obvious signs left including windrows from the plow blade, markings on the box or post itself, sod damage both near the damaged mailbox and upstream from it, among other things. The city does not take responsibility for mailboxes damaged by private snow removal contractors, motorists, or those damaged due to poor maintenance. It is up to the homeowner to ensure the integrity of the mailbox post. A strong, secure mailbox post will be able to withstand the snow being pushed off a plow’s wing during snow removal operations, however if the post is rotted at the ground (which is evident upon inspection as well), a gusty wind - not to mention a single pass of a snowplow - can easily result in a downed mailbox.
Regardless of the time of year, trash and recycling containers are not permitted in city roadways. Homeowners should place containers behind the curb line in their driveway to prevent them from creating an obstruction in the roadway. Waste hauling vehicles are equipped with arms capable of reaching 5 feet or more beyond the curb line to secure the containers for collection. During snow removal operations it is important to keep your containers behind the city curbs to prevent them from being struck by the plow or knocked over by snow coming off of the plows.
Signs are often an effective and important marketing tool to draw attention to a garage sale, graduation party, special event, or social function. Signs must be placed on private property and not in the right-of-way. The right-of-way is generally 10 feet from the curb into a yard. Signs cannot be placed on existing objects within a right-of-way, such as trees or light poles.
If you put a sign in an area that is prohibited by Sec 30-859 of City Code, the Code Enforcement Official will remove them. If you need to get a sign back that has been removed, contact the Streets Department at 763-635-1120.
Review Section 30-859 (5) of the City Code for the ordinance regarding sign placement, dimensions, and other information. Signs are often an effective and important marketing tool to draw attention to a garage sale, graduation party, special event, or social function. Signs must be placed on private property and not in the right-of-way. The right-of-way is generally 10 feet from the curb into a yard. Signs cannot be placed on existing objects within a right-of-way, such as trees or light poles.
The City of Elk River does not install speed bumps on our public streets for the following reasons:
The road right-of-way is the "utility" portion of the public street and can be used by utility companies to put in their lines, etc, and this area is part of the public street. A rule of thumb is the right-of-way is 30 feet from the road center line or 10 feet from the curb into a yard, but this dimension can vary depending on the specific road and is not meant to be an exact number.
Yes, when snow is predicted a parking ban is put into effect through the Code RED notification system. NO PARKING on city streets between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. during a snow event. Sign up for Code RED notifications at https://www.co.sherburne.mn.us/
Currently, the City of Elk River uses snowplows with wings to clean approximately 150 miles of city streets. In addition, front-end loaders, one-ton trucks, tractors & pickup trucks are used to clean snow off of over 200 cul-de-sacs and 20 parking lots.
Sod damaged by city plowing equipment will be repaired the following spring either by street crews using black dirt and seed; or by the property owner if they elect to do the repair using commercial sod. The city will reimburse the property owner for the sod purchased but not for labor costs. Reimbursement must be approved by the Street Superintendent or his/her designee prior to the corrective work or sod purchase.
The City is not responsible for damage to underground lawn sprinklers or invisible pet fences located within the public right-of-way (ROW). Homeowners are responsible to protect such systems from damage or to relocate sprinkler heads and fences within their property boundary.
The ROW for roads varies from road to road but a typical city street has a 60 foot ROW, meaning your property line is 30 feet from the center of the road. This is just a guideline, to know exactly where your property line is located, you will need to contact a land surveyor.
Mailboxes damaged during snow removal operations will be assessed as follows:
Call the City of Elk River Street Division at 763-635-1120 or submit a request online.
A site visit will be scheduled to determine if a piece of city equipment physically hit the mailbox, or, if it was damaged from the weight of snow and ice. If physically hit by city equipment, a temporary mailbox will be installed until the ground thaws in the spring. At that time the city will install a swing-away style mailbox at no charge. If the resident prefers a different type of mailbox, they will be reimbursed up to $75 upon proof of receipt of a mailbox that they purchased. The resident is responsible for its installation.
The City is not responsible for damage to media or paper boxes and will not repair them.
Since trash is collected five days a week, one or more routes encounter trash containers while plowing. Plow operators will not plow around items illegally placed in the street. Residents are asked to place their trash containers in their driveway or behind the curb line on trash pickup day. Do not place them in the street. Plow operators will not stop to move containers or set containers upright that have overturned.
No. It is unlawful to deposit snow on public roadways per Minnesota Highway Traffic Regulations. Residents observed doing such activities are subject to a citation and fine.
State Statute 160.2715 Subd (5): Misdemeanors: It shall be unlawful to obstruct any public street or highway or to deposit any snow or ice thereon; and, 169.42 Subd (1): Littering: No person shall throw, deposit, place, or dump upon any street or highway any snow, ice, etc.
This is an unfortunate side effect of plowing all streets in the City. All snow must be plowed from the center of the street to the curb, and as a result driveways get blocked with the snow from the plow. Though it is an acknowledged inconvenience, curbside discharge of snow is a necessary trade-off for initiating a rapid response for snow removal service for our residents. It is the property owner’s responsibility to clear the snow from the bottom of their driveway.
When it snows the operators plow priority routes first to provide access for emergency vehicles. Secondary routes are plowed next and then tertiary (cul de sacs). When the snow ends, crews complete cleanup of the priority routes and then begin to plow public parking lots. Please be patient. We realize everyone would like to be plowed out first but this is impossible. Once a storm ends it can take up to 12 hours to completely plow all the routes.
To properly clear the streets a plow may make 3 to 4 passes on each side of the street. The deeper the snow, the more passes necessary to clear the streets curb to curb. Many times the snow is still falling when the plows begin clearing streets. The freshly fallen snow will then need to be replowed.
The Parks Division is responsible for snow and ice control on city sidewalks and trails.
Business owners/tenants are responsible to completely clear all ice and snow, down to the concrete, from sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of a snowfall. If the City receives a complaint about a sidewalk that has not been cleared, the property or business owner is notified of the violation. If the sidewalk is not cleared within 48 hours following the notice, the City will have the work completed and assess the expense back to the owner.