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For installation of above-ground utilities or underground utility construction in the right of way (ROW) you must complete a  Right of Way permit application , also known as a Utility Permit.  Right of Way Permit ( Building Inspections - Arden Hills )

If you are doing work on the shoreline or a lot that is adjacent to a lake, check with the Rice Creek Watershed District and the Department of Natural Resources to make sure that you have all necessary permits. Rice Creek Watershed District Website ( Building Inspections - Arden Hills )

Yes. You can print off the appropriate permit application and fax it with all necessary information (i.e. Licensing, plans, approvals, etc.) to 651-634-5137, or email  to City Hall. DO NOT INCLUDE CREDIT CARD INFORMATION. We do not take credit card payments by fax or over the phone. Credit card payments are accepted in person or online only. ( Building Inspections - Arden Hills )

If you are a contractor, you will need to provide either your state license or city license, along with proof of insurance. Homeowners doing their own work will need to complete an affidavit verifying their home ownership status. ( Building Inspections - Arden Hills )

A building plan is required any time you are altering or adding to the existing conditions or when constructing new. The plan is required to help ensure compliance with the current code for any new work. ( Building Inspections - Arden Hills )

If you are just replacing cabinets and not moving walls, removing wall finishes, or replacing windows, then no permit is required.  ( Building Inspections - Arden Hills )

ROOFING INSPECTION : Pictures of ice/water can be posted on site with inspection card or emailed to inspector.  Contact Terry Hagstrom at 651-792-7818 or email for final inspection when work is completed.   SIDING INSPECTION : Pictures of house wrap can be posted on site with inspection card or emailed to inspector.  Contact Terry Hagstrom at 651-792-7818 or by email for final inspection when work is completed. ( Building Inspections - Arden Hills )

A plumbing permit is required by a licensed plumber to install the backflow prevention device. No permit is required for the actual sprinkler system. ( Building Inspections - Arden Hills )

For on-street parking violations or violations that occur during non-business hours, please call the Ramsey County Sheriff non-emergency line at 651-767-0640. If possible, please contact the Ramsey County Sheriff while the violation is occurring so that the violation can be witnessed. ( Code Enforcement - Arden Hills )

The City contracts with Ramsey County Sheriff's Department to handle all domestic animal complaints. Residents who are concerned about an issue related to domesticated animals should call the sheriff's non-emergency number of 651-767-0640. The Sheriff's Department will dispatch someone for the situation if it involves domesticated animals (dogs & cats) only. ( Code Enforcement - Arden Hills )

The city has adopted regulations related to the parking of recreational vehicles, boats and trailers. Recreational Vehicle Parking Handout ( Code Enforcement - Arden Hills )

Planning for a new station has been in the works for several years, due to increased demand for services. The fire department responded to 2,875 calls in 2015 and 3,820 calls in 2019, which reflects a 25% increase. The department estimates it will surpass 6,000 calls annually (16-17 calls daily) by 2026 (6% per year plus 500+ from pending development). As calls for service increase and the need for 24/7 staffing increases, the department has to plan site locations that best serve the communities. The long term plan calls for continued operation of Station 2, located at 4676 Hodgson Road, North Oaks, with continued 24/7 staffing; continued operation of Station 3 - 5545 Lexington Avenue, Shoreview, with the addition of 24/7staffing; and replacing Station 4 at 3615 Victoria Street, Shoreview, with the new proposed location at the Anderson Center off of Pine Tree Drive, which would be better located and staffed 24/7. The new fire station would be designed to meet the fire department’s needs for the next 50 years. The proposed new location is needed due to development expansions in all three cities. Projects include: Edison Apartment & Townhomes and Loden II (Shoreview); Marriott SpringHill Suites Hotel and Summit Senior Living (Arden Hills); and North Oaks Housing Projects. Regardless of the TCAAP development, there is quite a bit of development and projections that call for increased levels of service calls in all three cities. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

In 1943 the department started as a Volunteer Fire Department and over time it evolved to a Paid‐On‐Call department which provided a relief association pension to those who served for 10 years or more. Firefighters were paid a nominal amount of money for the calls and training they attended. In 2002 a full‐time Fire Chief was hired to run the department. Additional full‐time staff were added over the years including a full‐time Office Manager, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal and Deputy Chief/Emergency Manager. With an increase in calls and training requirements, the department initiated a station staffing program (Duty Crew) that puts firefighters physically in the stations 24/7 and allows firefighters to respond immediately from a station rather than being called in from home to respond to calls. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

The Fire Department Board of Directors commissioned a needs assessment, which also reviewed response time models from the three current station locations. It was determined that a new station location should be located between Lexington Avenue and Snelling Avenue along County Road E., ideally in a commercial area rather than a residential neighborhood. The property needed to be 3-4 acres in size to accommodate 24/7 staffing and the necessary trucks and equipment. In looking at that corridor, the only property that fit those requirements was the university property. The fire department approached Bethel to see if they would be open to selling some of their property. The identified location at Bethel is also attractive because it allows the trucks to go north to a major, controlled intersection, rather than south through residential neighborhoods. Trucks can control the intersection before they get to the intersection, rather than having to navigate a busy side street. Additionally, the location is south of the railroad tracks, so the trucks don’t need to wait for trains to pass. Finally, other sites would have required multiple property acquisitions to get to the size needed, as well as demolition costs. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

Currently, the fire department is only purchasing the land adjacent to the Anderson Center. Following the acquisition, the fire department would need to consult with its board of directors on when to begin construction on a new station.  While a start date has not yet been decided, there are no plans to begin construction in the near future. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

Yes, Pine Tree Drive is plenty wide and will work well for a fire station.  As the fire department evaluated this location for a potential site, both the fire department and their architect reviewed Pine Tree Drive and whether or not it would be suitable for both egress and ingress movements of their equipment. They determined it would be a viable location; furthermore, Pine Tree Drive is a less busy street, which makes operating their equipment safer for both the fire department and other motorists. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

If the fire station were to move further south and west, it would not be able to serve southern Shoreview (or portions of Arden Hills) with timely response times.  The further south and west you go you will not find land that meets the criteria outlined in the needs assessment, and most of the land is already developed residential neighborhoods. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

The plan would be to minimize any neighborhood impact as much as possible by having the trucks go north through the commercial area on County Road E, rather than south through neighborhoods. Being able to head out on a call through a controlled intersection is safer for fire crews, as well as residents, and allows for shorter overall response times. For a majority of fire calls the trucks would head north to County Road E. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

It is anticipated that the trails located on the north section of the Anderson Center property where the proposed subdivision is located will be impacted when the sites develop.  Existing trails may be relocated and reviewed during the development review process. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

The fire department is seeking property to the north of the Anderson Center, while the Crepeau Nature Preserve is located to the south of the Anderson Center and will not be impacted by this proposal. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

The below information was taken directly from the fire department’s needs study and highlights why Station 4 is being shuttered: Station 4 Deficiencies  The station is typical of the era it was designed in. It was not planned for full time staff and sleeping. Trucks were smaller and there was less emphasis on training, health/wellness and reporting. Expansion is not possible anymore as the entire site has been utilized. The garage space has no support spaces and no additional space for apparatus and storage. There is no separation between apparatus bays and living spaces. All staff support areas are minimal as they are too small, including the bathrooms. A decontamination space does not exist. There are no training spaces. Parking is lacking and cannot be expanded. There is no staging area for trailers or equipment, so they would be in the circulation path. Access has become more difficult with the increased traffic loads on the intersection. There is tight space for required trash, recycling and no outdoor space for firefighters. The adjacent railroad is noisy and the trains stop traffic, which is a public safety concern during a call. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

The short answer is yes, the station will serve all of Arden Hills and all of Shoreview. It will also serve North Oaks, when needed. All of the fire stations serve all locations in each of the three cities, due to the department’s coordinated response process. The closest unit to any situation is the one that responds. When a call comes in, crews respond based on call type and availability of closer crews. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

Fire Station 1, located in Southern Arden Hills on New Brighton Blvd, was decommissioned in 2017. The building itself is outdated for use as a fire station. It would require multiple upgrades to operate with the current 24/7 staffing model. It is also is in a poor geographic location in the far southwest corner of Arden Hills, making it difficult to provide fire protection to the rest of Arden Hills and the two other cities served by the Lake Johanna Fire Department—North Oaks and Shoreview. Additionally, the building is in the middle of a residential neighborhood, which would be highly impacted if the station were still in use. For these reasons, a plan was developed many years ago to close that station. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

The Pot O’ Gold site was part of the initial review process; however, the site configuration was not ideal for the fire station and the 2.19 acre site did not meet the three to four acres needed. There also were concerns about the potential traffic from both the Bowling alley/Bar and McDonalds. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

The board is made up of representatives from the cities of Shoreview, Arden Hills, North Oaks and members of the Lake Johanna Fire Department.  The City of Arden Hills represents one vote on the board, and decisions are made by a majority vote of the board. The three cities rely on the fire department’s expertise to make recommendations on how they can best serve the three cities.  The recommendation for a new station was not generated solely by the fire department. It was made following a needs assessment that was conducted by an independent entity.  The decision by the board to move forward with searching for a piece of suitable land was made by the entire board, not just the City of Arden Hills. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

The three cities fund the fire department’s operations and would be responsible for funding a future fire station.  While the mechanics of the funding still need to be addressed, generally each city pays its proportional share for both the fire department’s operating and capital costs. Currently, Arden Hills pays 24 percent of the fire department’s budget and North Oaks and Shoreview pay 18 percent and 58 percent, respectively. ( Fire Department Proposed Station Location - Arden Hills )

You can visit our Parks & Recreation Guide page to view our current guide and/or register online. ( Parks and Recreation - Arden Hills )

Visit the Facility Rental page for information and forms: ( Parks and Recreation - Arden Hills )

Tony Schmidt Regional Park is located in Arden Hills but is a Ramsey County Park. For rental information, please visit the Ramsey County Tony Schmidt Regional Park webpage . Ramsey County Parks & Trails ( Parks and Recreation - Arden Hills )

Parks are typically open 30 minutes before sunrise and for 30 minutes after sunset. Visit the City's Parks webpage for information on park rules. Park Information ( Parks and Recreation - Arden Hills )

During business hours contact City Hall at 651-792-7800. After hours contact Ramsey County Sheriff at 651-767-0640. If your problem needs immediate attention, please do not leave a message on the City Hall voice mail as it will not be answered until the next business day. ( Public Works - Arden Hills )

For potholes, fill out a street, pothole, or sidewalk repair request   form or contact Public Works at 651-792-7800 or 651-792-7846. ( Public Works - Arden Hills )

The United States Post Office provides guidelines for mailbox installation. mailbox regulations ( Public Works - Arden Hills )

Before you do any digging, you are required to call Gopher State One Call at 811. They will come out and mark where buried utilities are and there is no cost to you for this service. See Gopher State One Call Handout (PDF) Gopher State One Call Website ( Public Works - Arden Hills )

Ramsey County has information about property values, lines and taxes.  Map Ramsey ( Public Works - Arden Hills )

Yes, please visit Ramsey County’s Donation and Reuse web page .  ( Recycling Republic Services - Arden Hills )

If you live in a single-family residential unit, duplex, or townhome you do not need to sign up. You just need to place your recycling cart at the curb by 6:45 am on your service day. * Properties south of I-694 have pick-up on Tuesdays. * Properties north of I-694 have pick-up on Wednesdays. The city contracts with Republic Services. To establish an account and services, visit Republic Services Customer Support or call (952) 941-5174.  ( Recycling Republic Services - Arden Hills )

If you have not been issued a recycling cart, please contact Republic Services to request a recycling cart for your home. ( Recycling Republic Services - Arden Hills )

Residents can contact Republic Services to arrange special pickup instructions if they are disabled or unable to get their recyclables to the curb. Reach them by phone at (952) 941-5174. ( Recycling Republic Services - Arden Hills )

You must have your recycling at the curb on your recycling day no later than 6:45 a.m. If your recycling was accidentally missed, please contact Republic Services online or by calling (952) 941-5174. ( Recycling Republic Services - Arden Hills )

All rented single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes, and four-plexes are required to register with the City unless the owner lives in the same unit with the tenant. Owner-occupied properties are not required to register. If the property owner occupies one unit of a duplex, triplex, or four-plex, the other units must be registered. Rental housing structures with more than four units are currently not required to register. ( Rental Registration - Arden Hills )

Rental registrations must be renewed by December 31 of each year. For new rental properties, applications must be submitted 14 days prior to the property being renter-occupied. ( Rental Registration - Arden Hills )

The property owner is required to provide their name, address, phone number, birth date, and driver's license/identification number. If the property is owned by a business (i.e., LLC, corporation, partnership), the business must appoint an agent and provide the same information listed above. An agent must be an actual person instead of a company name. If the property owner lives outside of the seven-county metropolitan area, the owner is required to appoint an agent that resides within the metropolitan area. Please review the application for full information requirements. Rental Registration Application ( Rental Registration - Arden Hills )

This registration program does not include an inspection component at this time. This program is meant to locate rental units to help with education, maintain contact information, and track rental trends. However, the City may consider a rental inspection program in the future if it is needed. ( Rental Registration - Arden Hills )

There will be an annual $45 registration fee per rented dwelling unit. The registration fee covers the cost for implementing, maintaining, and enforcing the program. The fee for late registration or for failing to register a property is $90. ( Rental Registration - Arden Hills )

You might receive a letter requesting you to register even if you are not renting your property. A property may be listed as a possible rental property by the city because it is classified as non-homestead by Ramsey County or if the owner name does not match the homestead name. Since these conditions are not perfect indicators of a rental property, some properties may receive a letter even if the property is not being rented. If you receive a letter but are not renting your property, you will not need to register and there is no fee. However you will need to complete the rental registration exemption form and send it to the city. Rental Registration Exemption Form ( Rental Registration - Arden Hills )

The U.S. Department of Treasury, as authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, established a $150 billion relief fund to aid states, local, and tribal governments with populations over 500,000 people in their efforts to respond to the nationwide public health emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak. Funding has been allocated from Treasury to the State of Minnesota, and, in turn, the City of Arden Hills as pass-through funds. Based on eligibility, small businesses physically located within the City of Arden Hills are eligible to apply for funding. ( Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - Arden Hills )

In order to apply, businesses must meet the following criteria: Must have a physical location within Arden Hills. Must be in good standing with the City of Arden Hills and Minnesota Secretary of State. If required by either the state, county, or city, must be licensed and in good standing. Must be current on property taxes as of March 1, 2020. Must have between 3 and 45 employees, including the owner, as of March 2020. Business directly impacted by COVID-19. Must disclose all federal, state, or local grant or loan applications for which applicant has applied which has been received or remain pending at the time of application. Must certify in good faith that the uncertainty of current conditions makes the grant request necessary to support ongoing operations. Business directly impacted by Minnesota Governor‘s Emergency Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08 . Business shall be registered with the City’s Business Registration program. ( Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - Arden Hills )

Ineligible businesses include: Businesses that do not have a physical address within the City. Businesses that derive income from passive investments without operational ties to operating businesses within the City; real estate transactions; property rentals or property management.  Businesses that primarily focus in on speculative activities based on fluctuations in price rather than the normal course of trade. Businesses that primarily generate income from gambling activities. Businesses that engage in activities prohibited by law. Businesses that have no current or historical financial statements. Businesses that earn revenue from pyramid schemes, lending services and/or day trading/short term investments. Businesses that previously received emergency funds from the city during the current round of funding. ( Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - Arden Hills )

Businesses must have had at least three employees prior to March 2020 in order to be eligible for the City of Arden Hills Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. For the purpose of this grant program, the business must have less than 45 employees. ( Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - Arden Hills )

Businesses must have a physical location in the City of Arden Hills. The City of Arden Hills will use legal documents to verify addresses of businesses that apply for this grant. ( Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - Arden Hills )

Yes. Businesses must have had at least three (3) employees as of March 2020 in order to be eligible for the City of Arden Hills small business emergency assistance grant program. ( Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - Arden Hills )

Businesses that employ between 3 and 45 employees are eligible to apply. ( Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - Arden Hills )

You are eligible to apply for this grant if the location(s) of your businesses located within the City of Arden Hills employ between 3 and 45 employees. ( Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - Arden Hills )

Arden Hills’s small business emergency assistance grant program provides funding to assist small businesses facing financial hardship and/or business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic with financial assistance for necessary expenditures. Eligible expenses include:   Commercial lease or mortgage payments (not mortgage prepayments or property taxes) for business properties. Accounts payable (AP) if the AP is a COVID-19 related expense incurred since March 1, 2020. Payroll, unless the business received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds or pandemic unemployment insurance (UI) to cover the same period payroll expenses. Reopening costs or safety improvement costs expended since March 1, 2020 (i.e. outdoor seating, plexiglass, cleaning products, re-staffing costs, etc.). Costs associated with screening employees for COVID-19 upon business reopening. ( Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - Arden Hills )

Grants will not exceed $5,000 to cover eligible expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic after March 1, 2020.  If a second round of funding is approved, a business may be eligible to receive more than the $5,000 cap. ( Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - Arden Hills )

Ineligible expenses include the following Lobbying for any purpose. Certain taxes and fees including those that are considered revenue for federal, state, or local governments. Replacement of lost revenue. Line of credit to purchase supplies/equipment. ( Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - Arden Hills )

Yes. Please see   IRS guidance . The City of Arden Hills will be responsible for issuing a 1099 for tax reporting purposes. ( Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - Arden Hills )

Applications will reviewed on a first-come, first considered/awarded basis. Awards will be made to applicants that submit a complete application and meet the minimum program criteria. Please note that not all applicants will be funded. The City of Arden Hills intends to review and approve awards for several weeks after the application period closes. ( Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program - Arden Hills )

If you live in a single-family residential unit, duplex, or townhome you do not need to sign up. You just need to place your recycling cart at the curb by 6:45 am on your service day. *Properties south of I-694 have pick-up on Tuesdays. * Properties north of I-694 have pick-up on Wednesdays. The city contracts with Republic Services. To establish an account and services, visit Republic Services Customer Support or call (952) 941-5174.  ( Utilities - Arden Hills )

Ramsey County has a Recycling and Disposal Guide that allows users to search for the item they need to dispose of and find answers to their questions right away. Start there! ( Utilities - Arden Hills )
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