Can I request temporary no parking signs for work in the city right of way?
Yes. Temporary no parking signs may be requested if you have a permit to work within the right of way. A separate refundable deposit fee will be collected for the usage of city owned signs. The deposit fee is $25 per sign (minimum $100 permit). The contractor is responsible for installing the signs and returning them to the city.
How are damage deposits for erosion control permits handled?
The damage deposit must be provided via secured funds, and made out to the City of St. Louis Park, when the erosion and sediment control application is submitted. Applications will not be reviewed if the damage deposit is not included. The secured funds will be placed in a non-interest bearing account and will be returned to the applicant once the project is complete. Funds may only be used if the city or another regulatory entity determines the project is not compliant with erosion and sediment control requirements. In that case, applicants will be notified and given a timeframe to bring the site back into compliance. If the timeframe isn’t met, then the city can use the funds to reimburse city staff time, contractors, and/or consultants to bring the site back into compliance and to evaluate any natural resource impacts that have resulted due to the noncompliance issue. Damage deposits will be collected for each project and are not transferable. If you have questions, contact Erick Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.924.2690.
For high school area parking, you can receive up to four permits to park on the street if you live near St. Louis Park High School, in an area where on-street parking is restricted. To be considered for a permit, submit an application and show proof of residence, such as a driver’s license or utility bill. Contact the Engineering Department at 952.924.2656 or email@example.com for an application. High School Area Permit Map.
For medical needs — In special cases where residents have medical conditions, a permit may be issued to restrict on-street public parking in front of a resident’s home. To be considered for a permit, submit an application form with a letter from your doctor. If the application is approved by Engineering staff and City Council, signs will be installed in front of your home. Permits are reviewed each year to confirm medical conditions still exist. Contact the Engineering Department at 952.924.2656 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
How do I get an erosion control or right of way permit?
No. There is no fee for a temporary parking permit.
My work involves excavation in the boulevard and street. Which box do I check on the permit application form for type of surface to be disturbed?
Check all applicable boxes. For example, if the excavation takes place in a bituminous street and in the boulevard, check both of these boxes.
What are the new FEMA floodplain boundaries, and is my property affected?
In 2016, FEMA announced changes to the floodplain boundaries. Some property owners within or close to the floodplain may have received letters from their mortgage companies requiring the purchase of flood insurance. Other property owners may find themselves no longer required to carry flood insurance, based on the new data.
What is the difference between community and neighborhood sidewalks?
Community sidewalksare located on streets that are directly adjacent to community or area destinations, such as the library, schools, retail areas, parks, regional trails, transit nodes and places of worship. Most of these sidewalks are located along roadways that have high traffic volumes.
Neighborhood sidewalks are all other sidewalks in the city. They provide accessibility for pedestrians within the immediate area and feed into the community sidewalk system. These sidewalks are generally located on lower volume roads.
What should I put for the date of work to begin on the right of way permit application form if I’m not sure when the work will begin?
If you are not sure if the date the work will begin, put “unknown” in the space for date of work to begin and indicate an approximate time frame (ie. within the next week). The end date of the work should typically not be greater than one month after the anticipated start date. The contractor is responsible for calling the city at least 48 hours prior to beginning any work.
Note: Permits are only valid for six months from the date of issuance.
What type of work requires a right of way permit?
Any work (above or below ground) performed in the City of St Louis Park within the street right of way requires a permit, including irrigation and driveways. The right of way is located within the street section and typically 10 to 15 feet behind the curb.
Which watershed do I live in?
A watershed is an area of land in which all of the water that drains from it goes into the same place. This place could be a wetland, pond, lake or creek located outside your back door. St. Louis Park residents live in one of two watersheds. View the watershed district map to find out which watershed you live in.
Who is eligible to apply for a temporary parking permit?
Only St. Louis Park residents, property owners or businesses are allowed to apply for temporary parking.
Who is responsible for any damages that may occur to a car while parking in the approved temporary parking area?
The vehicle owner will be responsible for dealing with any damages that occur to a car while it is parked in an approved temporary parking area.
Who regulates erosion control on construction sites?
For construction projects that are one acre or greater, erosion and sediment control is regulated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). For construction projects that will disturb an area of 5,000 square feet or greater, or that will excavate a volume of 50 cubic yards or greater, erosion and sediment control is regulated by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) and the City of St. Louis Park. In early March, the MCWD granted regulatory permitting authority to the city of St. Louis Park, so now residents, builders and developers who need an Erosion and Sediment Control Permit for smaller projects can work with just the city.
Why are damage deposits required for erosion control permits?
Damage deposits are now required with erosion and sediment control permit applications. The amount required is $3,000 per acre, with a minimum of $1,500 for smaller projects. This is not meant to be a barrier to construction or an added permit expense. If permit requirements are met throughout the construction process, the entire deposit will be returned once the project is complete. Stormwater runoff from construction projects can have a serious effect on the environment and nearby water resources, including Minnehaha Creek, Bass Lake and Lake Calhoun. Because of this, St. Louis Park takes compliance with erosion and sediment control permits very seriously. Damage deposits are intended to reduce noncompliance issues and to ensure that outstanding non-compliance issues are corrected quickly.