The following is a list of most common code violations:
- Property Maintenance: The adopted property maintenance code requires the maintenance of structures and grounds. Common violations found include damaged siding, windows, fences, doors, roofing and peeling/flaking paint.
- Lawn and Yard Maintenance: Lawns must be maintained so as not to exceed 8 inches in height. Landscaped areas must 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 to not be visible from adjoining properties. There are items that are exempt from this provision such as outdoor furniture, grills, clothes lines, etc.
- Debris and Pet Waste: Properties are required to be free of debris and animal waste is required to be cleaned up on a daily basis, even in winter. All waste material, debris, refuse, recycling, yard waste or garbage must be properly contained.
- Waste/Recycling Containers: Except for the day of pick-up, waste and recycling containers must be located indoors or fully hidden behind a solid fence or wall no less than 5 feet in height so as not to be visible from adjoining properties. Containers may be placed at the curb after 6 p.m. the day prior to pick-up.
- 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.
- Lawn Watering: Lawn watering, for residential and commercial properties, is allowed on an odd-even basis. Properties with addresses ending in an odd number may water on odd days of the month. Likewise, properties with addresses ending in an even number may water on even days of the month. The policy is in effect year round; for more information, visit the Watering Restrictions page.
- Winter Parking: To facilitate plowing, parking on city streets is banned between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from Nov. 1 through April 1, and any time two or more inches of snow have accumulated, until after the street has been completely plowed. The two-inch guideline applies to any hour of the day, any time of the year.
For more information, please visit the Winter Parking Regulations page.
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Abandoned or Junk Vehicles
Abandoned junk vehicles and/or junk vehicle parts are not allowed in any public place in the city. For more information, read the city's Abandoned Vehicle Ordinance outlined in Section 15, Article II of the City Code.
The Police Department staff includes Community Service Officers responsible for control of domestic animals and pets. A city ordinance forbids allowing dogs, cats or other domestic animals to run at large beyond the land limits of the owner. This means your pets must be leashed and under your control when off your property. Also, owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pet when walking it off their property. Call (651) 714-3600 to register a complaint with the animal control officer or request service online.
More information about animal ordinances can be found in Chapter 5 of the City Code.
Burglar and Fire Alarms
Burglar and fire alarms are regulated by the city ordinance. Audible alarms must have an automatic shutoff, which will silence the audible alarm within 20 minutes. Persons with an audible alarm must post a notice containing the name and telephone number of the person to be notified to render repairs or service. This notice must be posted at the main entrance and be kept current.
Residential false alarms:
- 1st through 2nd false alarm -- $0 each
- 3rd and 4th false alarm -- $75 each
- 5th and subsequent false alarms -- $100 each
Commercial false alarms:
- 1st through 2nd false alarm -- $0 each
- 3rd and 4th false alarm -- $100 each
- 5th and subsequent false alarms -- $200 each
View city ordinances relating to burglar and fire alarms.
No person shall own, care for, or have custody or control of any non-domestic animals (such as tigers, lions, bears and primates) in Woodbury.
Minnesota state law regulates the sale and ownership of such animals. The law makes it illegal for most individuals to obtain regulated animals. Woodbury's ordinance further regulates the possession and purchasing/obtaining of regulated animals in Woodbury.
There are a few exceptions when non-domestic animals are allowed in Woodbury including for a traveling circus, zoo, exhibit, etc.
Most of Woodbury is designated as no hunting. However, there are still limited locations or "open areas" in the city where hunting is allowed. To use these areas, hunters are required to obtain landowner permission and complete a Hunting/Shooting Limited Permit.
More information is available on the Hunting and Shooting permit page.
Snowmobile operators, preparing to hit the trails after a fresh snowfall, need to be aware of the regulations that govern snowmobile use in Woodbury.
While snowmobiles are permitted in the city, local ordinances restrict their use. The city's goal is to protect everyone's safety and to reduce the number of complaints we receive about snowmobiles.
In particular, snowmobiles are prohibited in city parks including HealthEast Sports Center and the Eagle Valley Golf Course. They also are not allowed on walking paths, bike paths, and on school sites.
To summarize, city regulations stipulate that:
- You may operate a snowmobile only between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.
In residential areas, you may operate a snowmobile on the right hand side of the road while obeying all traffic laws. Riding on the boulevard of city streets is prohibited.
- Snowmobiles are prohibited in parks, on walking paths, bike paths and trails unless specifically designated as a snowmobile trail.
- In Woodbury, snowmobiles generally are ridden in the ditches along county roads and trunk highways. After dark, be sure to ride on the same side of the road and in the same direction as traffic is flowing.
- Operation of snowmobiles while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is illegal (Minnesota Statute 84.91, 169A).
- Snowmobiles must be equipped with a muffler or other device which effectively prevents loud or explosive noise and complies with state laws and regulations.
Towing a person or an object with your snowmobile is not allowed except with the use of a rigid tow bar attached to the rear of the snowmobile.
- When using the snowmobile trail maintained by the Washington County Star Trail Association, you must stay within the marked and groomed trail area. The trail generally runs east of Manning Avenue, north of Valley Creek Road, and east of County Road 19 between Bailey Road and Cottage Grove. Trail maps are available online and from the Parks and Recreation Department at City Hall. The speed limit for all trail systems in Minnesota is 50 miles per hour. For more information, visit the Washington County Snowmobile page.
- Snowmobiles may be operated on any public waterway for which there is public access. (There is no access for snowmobiles on Powers, Colby, Wilmes and Carver Lakes, which are surrounded by city park land.) Please use extreme caution if you ride on frozen lakes.
- You may operate a snowmobile on your own property or on other private property if you have the written and dated permission of the land owner.
- You must be 18 years of age or older to operate a snowmobile on public roads and/or public property. Persons under 18 must follow Department of Natural Resources restrictions regarding snowmobile use.
- Snowmobile riders born after Dec. 31, 1976, need a snowmobile safety certificate or driver's license with a snowmobile qualification indicator.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has warned snowmobile operators to watch out for construction-related materials, such as soil stockpiles, pieces of unused concrete culverts, wooden survey stakes and steel right of way markers that might be buried beneath the snow.
Silt fences, which control water runoff during the spring, also pose a threat to snowmobile riders. The fences are made of black fabric reinforced with woven wire and held in place by steel posts. They are usually placed across ditch bottoms located near culverts, bridges, streams and lakes.
All snowmobiles must be registered with the state, even if they are operated only on private property. The Washington County License Bureau, located at 2150 Radio Drive, can assist you with registration.
Solicitors/Peddlers (Door-to-Door Sales)
The City of Woodbury requires that any person engaging in door-to-door sales apply for a permit (peddlers) or registration (solicitors) from the city. The permit or certificate of registration must be received before business can be conducted in the city.
For more information, visit the Solicitor/Peddlers page.