Departments


Zoning and Signage

A Few of the More Common Topics Include:

Zoning Enforcement:

Please e-mail your Zoning Enforcement questions/requests or leave voicemail with question/request to 763-494-6059. Please leave your name and phone number and question or address of property you are referring to.

Fences:

Attached is a handout about fences.  You do not need a permit to install your fence.  You may want to get a copy of your site survey of your property to be able to see where your property line is and where the stakes are located on the lines.  Also, renting a metal detector is helpful or hiring a lot surveyor to find your property lines.

Driveways:

Attached is a handout about driveways.  You do not need a permit to install your driveway.  24' wide at the street.  5' from the property line and 1' from the side of the garage.

Garages and Sheds:

Attached is a handout about garages and sheds.  Attached and detached garages and detached sheds are classified as accessory buildings and the size, height and location of such are regulated by the Zoning Ordinance.  Permits are required for most garages and sheds, please call the Building Department for more information at 763-494-6060.

Exterior Storage in Residential Districts:

All storage in residential districts must be contained inside a building except for:

  • Up to two licensed and operable recreational vehicles or non-stationary pieces of recreational equipment.
  • Construction and landscaping material currently being used on the premises.
  • Off-street parking of licensed and operable passenger vehicles when parked on paved surfaces.
  • Items normally associated with outdoor residential uses (e.g. lawn furniture, grills, firewood).
  • Recycling containers provided by the City of Maple Grove so long as such containers are screened from view from public right-of-way and neighboring properties on non-collection days.


Garage Sales and Signs:

Garage sales may be held provided that:

  • Sale is conducted inside the principal or accessory structure
  • Number of sales does not exceed four per year, and
  • Sale does not last longer than three consecutive days.


Garage sale signs may be displayed provided that:

  • Signs are posted no more than five days in an eight-day period.
  • Signs are placed with the permission of person controlling property on which the sign is placed or, if a public right-of-way, with the permission of adjoining property owner.
  • Signs are removed at the termination of the sale.

Shoreland Regulations:

At the direction of the Department of Natural Resources, Maple Grove has adopted shoreland regulations which regulate the placement of structures in shoreland areas. Any structures on our City’s lakes, whether temporary or permanent with the exception of docks and piers, must be set back a minimum of 75 feet from the ordinary high water mark (OHM). On a residential lot, the OHM can most easily be described as the point where the grass stops growing and the lake bottom (sand, etc.) begins. Water-oriented accessory structures can be set back less than 75 feet from the OHM if slope conditions along the entire width of a property are 4:1 or steeper over a minimum horizontal distance of 16 feet. The minimum setback from the OHM is 25 feet. Structures set back less than 75 feet can be no greater than 10 feet in height nor 100 square feet in area.

House Numbers:

Emergency vehicle drivers need good, highly-visible house numbers. City ordinances require that house numbers be at least 3 ½ inches in height, in a contrasting color to the base, and either lighted or made of some reflective material. The numbers must also be visible from the street and not hidden behind trees or bushes.

Home Occupation:

The following rules need to be followed if you have a Home Occupation in the City of Maple Grove.  Home Occupations are not required to register with the City of Maple Grove. However, you should contact the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development regarding your business.  Questions - call 651-259-7114   http;//mn.gov/deed/

Questions, call the Community Development Department at 763-494-6044.