General Permit Information
We have assembled some general information handouts and helpful resources. If your questions are not answered with information you have found on our website, contact Inspection Services.
Guides & Resources
- Accessory Building Summary (PDF)
- Basement Finish Requirements (PDF)
- Barbeque Grills on Patios and Balconies
- Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements
- Deck Requirements (PDF)
- Electrical Inspection Information (PDF)
- Fence Ordinance Summary (PDF)
- Gopher State One Call: Call Before You Dig
- Homebuyer Information
- Landscape and Drainage Questions Answered
- Lawn Irrigation Requirements
- Lead Supplement (PDF)
- Property Line Information
- Property Maintenance Concerns (PDF)
- Recreational Fire Guidelines
- Roofing Information (PDF)
- Siding Information (PDF)
- Smoke Alarms
- Stucco Questions and Answers (PDF)
- Warranty Work Follow-up
- Window Information (PDF)
- I've just purchased a new home in Woodbury and I am planning the landscaping. I've heard a little about boulevards and I know there are easements on my property. What is their purpose?
The boulevard is part of the street right-of-way. It is used for installation and maintenance of sewer and water lines and storage of snow in the winter. Planting trees or bushes in the boulevard, street right-of-way, is not permitted. Lawn sprinkler systems are allowed in the boulevard, however the city will not repair sprinkler systems damaged by snowplows or other work. Boulevard widths vary from 6 feet to 18 feet in residential areas. Typical width is 13 feet.
To verify the boulevard width on your lot, contact either:
- Now I understand the boulevard is part of the street right-of-way, but what are the easements for?
Easements allow certain rights on a property. Drainage easements give the city rights to regulate drainage within the easement area. Utility easements give utility companies (electric, gas, phone, etc.) rights to install utilities in these easements. Typical city lots will have 5-foot easements on the side yards and 10-foot easements on the front and rear yard. It should be noted that the front yard easement is in addition to the boulevard. Individual lot surveys will show these easements.
- May I plant trees or bushes in the easements?
Plantings such as trees and bushes may be placed in drainage and utility easements at the risk of the property owner, provided they do not change or interfere with the drainage. The city does not encourage extensive plantings or landscaping in the easement area because of potential drainage problems and the possibility of utility work in the easements. The city or utility companies will not replace plantings or landscaping removed or damaged during work within the easement area.