If you are selling a home in St. Louis Park, you must arrange for a housing inspection, as the city requires property inspections whenever a property is sold or ownership is transferred. This is to protect the community's overall housing stock and avoid unsafe conditions and major deterioration.
To ensure you are ready for closing, apply for your Property Maintenance Inspection Permit (sometimes called a Point of Sale Permit) and schedule an inspection before you list your property for sale. The Property Maintenance Certificate must be presented to the buyer and title company at closing.
How to apply for a Property Maintenance Inspection Permit
- Apply online using ePermits.
- Mail application to City of St. Louis Park, Inspections Department, 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard, St. Louis Park, MN 55416. Provide a check for payment, or include a name and phone number to be contacted for credit card payment.
- Email application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a name and phone number to be contacted for credit card payment.
- Fax application to 952.924.2663. Fax is secured and you may add credit card information on the fax cover sheet.
- Apply in person at City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard. The Inspections Department is on the 2nd Floor, and office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30AM – 4:30PM.
Note: It is recommended that you download and save the application to your computer for your records. The application includes an optional digital signature field - see how to create a digital signature with this step-by-step tutorial.
If you have any questions, please call the Inspections Department at 952.924.2588. Also, please note: if you're selling commercial or industrial property, see the Selling Property page in our Business section.
A typical inspection takes about 45 to 60 minutes, and appointments are usually available within one to three days. A city inspector will visit your property to check that the siding, roof, garage and interior comply with the city's property maintenance code. To prepare for a residential inspection, view a list of Common Identified Property Maintenance Items that could be corrected prior to the inspection.
The housing inspection fee includes the initial inspection and any required follow-up inspections. Fees are:
- $235 house or townhouse
- $150 condo
- $325 duplex
What Happens Next?
If the inspector finds no code violations, a Property Maintenance Certificate is issued. Certificates issued for single family homes, townhomes and duplexes are good for one year. Certificates for condominiums are valid for two years.
If code violations are found, a correction notice is issued for the needed repairs. In most cases, corrections must meet code requirements that were in place when the building was constructed. If a portion of the home 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 buildings, no matter when constructed.)
In most cases, the seller makes the code corrections. However, buyers may obtain a Temporary Property Maintenance Certificate (TPMC) if they sign an escrow agreement acknowledging the work orders and agreeing to complete all required code work within 90 days from closing. Buyers and sellers must use the city's agreement form and pay an $85 fee. The agreement must be prepared 48 hours prior to closing, and a city representative must sign off on it. All open permits must be closed before the escrow agreement can be approved and issued. In addition, sufficient funds must be put into escrow to cover the cost outlined in the agreement. Contact the Inspections Department at 952.924.2588 with any questions regarding the TPMC and escrow agreement.
After repairs have been completed, a housing inspector will return to verify that all work meets code. Once this is done, a Property Maintenance Certificate is issued.
The inspection report is public information and can be obtained by contacting the Inspections Department at 952.924.2588.