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Know the Code: October is Code Compliance Month

Code Compliance MonthThe month of October is Code Compliance Month in Woodbury and the public is asked to help celebrate by recognizing the city’s building, zoning, housing and other codes and ordinances that protect the public’s health, safety and welfare.

Code enforcement plays an important role in maintaining the community’s well-planned neighborhoods and high quality of life. As neighborhoods mature and new residents move into the city, it is increasingly important for residents to be aware of the quality community standards that help make Woodbury such a great place to live and raise a family. 

These standards are supported by the city’s code of ordinances which include, but are not limited to, property maintenance, nuisance and zoning standards. Some of the more common infractions include:

  • Waste/recycling container storage – Containers must be located indoors or be fully hidden from view. Locating containers behind a solid fence or wall no less than 5 feet in height so as not to be visible from adjoining properties would be an acceptable alternative to storing containers indoors.
  • Weeds and tall grass – Most lawns must be maintained so as not to exceed 8 inches in height. Landscaped areas must also be maintained. Noxious weeds, as defined by state statute, must be controlled or eradicated. An example of a common noxious weed is Canada thistle. 
  • Exterior storage – Materials and equipment must be located indoors or be fully hidden behind a solid fence or wall no less than 5 feet in height so as not to be visible from adjoining properties. There are some items that are exempt from this provision such as outdoor furniture, grills, clothes lines, etc.  
  • Recreational equipment – One piece of recreational equipment not exceeding 24 feet in length may be located outdoors as follows: at least 15 feet from the curb, at least 5 feet from side and rear property lines, and on concrete or blacktop. Recreational equipment includes items such as trailers, boats, recreational vehicles, campers, snowmobiles, etc.  
  • Property maintenance – The adopted property maintenance code requires the maintenance of structures and grounds. Common violations found include damaged siding, windows, doors, roofing and peeling paint.

See more common code violations

If compliance cannot be achieved through correspondence, citations may be issued. Some violations may also be corrected through abatement measures. The cost of abatement may be assessed to a property. 

In addition, many developments have private covenants that are often more restrictive than city ordinances. Please be aware that the city does not enforce private covenants.

If you have questions or concerns, contact enforcement officer Matt Novak at matt.novak@woodburymn.gov or (651) 714-3543