Property Maintenance Inspection Programupdated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
In St. Louis Park, Property Maintenance / Point of Sale inspections are required whenever an owner or the owner's agent intends to sell or transfer ownership of a residential, commercial or industrial property. The inspection must be done prior to listing the property. The sale or ownership transfer cannot be completed until the property has been inspected and a Property Maintenance Certificate has been issued. This Certificate must be presented to the buyer and title company at the closing.
The City of St. Louis Park enforces the 2003 International Property Maintenance Code published by the International Code Council, with City of St. Louis Park ordinance amendments. Copies of these codes may be obtained by contacting the
- International Code Council at www.icc.org
- City of St. Louis Park Property Maintenance Code (Chapter 6 Article V & VI)
- City of St. Louis Park Property Maintenance Certificate Application
The Process The Property Maintenance / Point of Sale Inspections must be done prior to listing. The amount of time needed to schedule an inspection can vary depending on the time of year and the housing market. Spring is often busiest time. You are welcome to call the Inspections Department at (952) 924-2588 to find out the approximate lead time for inspections. When making the appointment, arrange a time when either the seller or sellers agent can accompany the inspector through the entire inspection.
During the inspection, a City inspector will check that the property complies with the minimum standards of the City's Property Maintenance Code. This includes the homes interior and exterior, including plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems. Also, the yard, garage, roof, and siding. A typical inspection takes about 45 to 60 minutes.
If the inspector finds no code violations, a Property Maintenance Certificate is issued.
If code violations are found, corrections 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 building 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 homes, no matter when constructed.) If you have questions about any work correction, please contact the inspector who conducted the initial inspection. (The inspector's direct dial telephone number is listed on the inspection report.)
After repairs have been corrected, a City inspector will return for a follow-up inspection to verify that all work is complete. There is no additional fee for the re-inspection. Once this is done, a Property Maintenance Certificate is issued. Certificates are good for one year from the date issued.
To prepare for a residential inspection, click here for a list of the most common housing violations that could be corrected prior to the inspection.
The Property Maintenance Certificate / Point of Sale Inspection is not a warranty or a disclosure document. It does not constitute any representation, guarantee or warranty of the property's condition. Potential buyers are advised to seek the services of a private housing inspector for a detailed disclosure of the home's condition and appliances.
Inspections are done solely to ensure compliance with the Property Maintenance Code. The Property Maintenance Certificate / Point of Sale inspection program's purpose is to protect the community's housing stock by preventing deterioration and correcting hazardous situations.
e-Permitting: Applications for inspection of single family homes, town homes, condos and duplexes may be applied for via e-Permitting. Click here to apply on-line.
Fax: Inspection applications for residential properties may be faxed to City Hall at (952) 924-2663. If you intend to fax in a permit application, you must include a credit card number on the fax cover sheet. All fax cover sheets are destroyed once permit applications are processed. (Click on Permit Forms for the permit application form and a pre-printed fax cover sheet.)
U.S. Mail: Residential applications may be mailed to City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55416. If you intend to mail in a permit application, you must include a check.
In-person: Both residential and commercial applications may be made in person at City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard. Go to the second floor customer service counter. City Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cash, checks, and credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express) payments are accepted. Here is a list of fees for residential and commercial Property Maintenance inspections.
- $220 House or Townhome
- $140 Condo
- $300 Duplex
Commercial, Industrial, or Public
- Up to 5,000 sq ft $300
- 5,001 - 25,000 sq ft $450
- 25,001 - 75,000 sq ft $670
- 75,001 - 100,000 sq ft $880
- 100,001 - 200,000 sq ft $1100
- 200,001 sq ft and greater $1,310
- Per Building $250/Building
- Per Unit $12/Unit
Call the St. Louis Park Inspections Department at (952) 924-2588.