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The exposure map is also known as the DNL contour. DNL stands for day-night average sound level and is an average of daily noise exposure over an annualized period. DNL contours ultimately determine which areas and homes are eligible for MAC funded mitigation programs, including the sound mitigation program.
The cities touched by the 65 DNL noise contour each have a representative on the committee. These cities include Bloomington, Eagan, Mendota Heights, Minneapolis, and Richfield. The sixth community seat on the NOC is a shared at-large representative for other cities affected by airport noise including Apple Valley, Burnsville, Inver Grove Heights, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, and Sunfish Lake. After repeated requests to be given representation on the NOC, the NOC voted to grant Apple Valley status as an at-large community in March of 2006.
ALF Ambulance is a municipal-based advanced life support ambulance service operating under a Joint Powers Agreement and serving the Cities of Apple Valley, Lakeville and Farmington and adjacent townships in Dakota County.A Board of Directors, which is comprised of a council member from each member city, is responsible for governance of the ambulance service including budget and program policies. The Board is responsible for establishing service requirements related to the provision of Advanced Life Support ambulance service in the three communities. An Executive Management Committee oversees the administrative functions of the organization. The Committee provides the organization with a broad range of quality expertise and experience in the fields of administration, personnel management, public safety and finance. The Executive Management Committee, which is comprised of one City Administrator and a staff member from each of the three cities, is accountable to the Board of Directors.
ALF is committed to providing high-quality, professional emergency pre-hospital services with nationally registered paramedics utilizing state of the art ambulances and medical and telecommunications equipment. ALF Ambulance currently contracts with Allina Health Emergency Medical Services to provide these advanced life support ambulance services. For more information, please visit Allina Health’s Website
All building permit applications must be submitted electronically via our Permit site. The type of work you are doing will determine the required submittal documents. If plan review is required you will be notified that plans are required. Check your spam/junk email if you do not see the email in your inbox. Please use our step by step instructions and allow 8-10 business days for review of your residential building plans. If your submitted documents require corrections, it may take longer. When the review is complete, you will be contacted by email with the remaining fee total. Permits must be approved and paid in full before any work can begin.
Permits are usually required for the following: New Buildings; Additions (bedroom, bathroom, basement finish, family room); Residential Work (deck, porch, garage, fence, fireplace, pool, water heater, water softener, furnace replacement); Renovations (garage conversion, basement finish, kitchen expansion, siding, roofing); Electrical; Plumbing Systems; HVAC/Mechanical Systems (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems).
Inspections are performed to check for building code compliance. When a permit is issued, a list of required inspections will be attached. Do not cover work that may need inspection. If you have questions or need to schedule an inspection, contact Building Inspections at (952) 953-2588.
GARAGE SALES - garage sales are limited to three (3) consecutive days and not to exceed three (3) events per calendar year, per residence.
PARKING - motor vehicles parked on the street from 3 am to 6 am when space is available in the driveway and parking on grass, aggregate, etc.
VEHICLES FOR SALE - Vehicles "For Sale", or lease, cannot be parked in commercial or industrial districts or on public streets. Storage of vehicles or inoperable vehicles is also prohibited in these locations.
GARBAGE CANS - containers not stored inside a building or screened area.
ABANDONED or JUNK VEHICLES - inoperable automobiles on private property for 90 days or more and have expired license tabs.
PUBLIC NUISANCES - examples include accumulation of debris/junk/pet feces and obstruction of public sidewalks and/or streets by tree limbs, bushes, building materials, vehicles, etc.
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE - buildings, structures and accessory structures not maintained in good repair.
A home occupation shall not be interpreted to include tourist homes, restaurants, or similar uses.
All accessory buildings or structures 144 square feet in area or less, except those related to a farming operation shall be located in the side or rear yard and no closer than five feet to any property line or 20 feet to a side lot line, if adjacent to any public street right-of-way.
The accessory building shall not encroach into a drainage and utility easement or any other public land or right-of-way. Please review the certificate of survey for the subject residence prior to constructing any accessory building. Accessory buildings smaller than 200 square feet do not require a building permit.
The right of way area behind the curb is also used for snow storage when the city plows streets. The city administers the use of this area through a permitting process. Right of way locations can be found on the Dakota County website.
Typically, easements are either included as part of the original plat of the property or have been established through negotiation with a property owner. The easement stays in effect until the easement is no longer needed and is vacated. If the property is bought and sold, the easement remains in effect.
Almost every property has an easement of some form on it. The most common form of easement in a residential area is a drainage and utility easement. This easement is normally 5 to 20 feet wide and runs on all sides of a property. This allows for uses such as drinking water, drainage, and sewer conveyance as well as private utilities such as phone, gas, and cable.
Recreational fires for single family homes are allowed in the city when the following provisions are followed:
Note: State-issued burning bans do not impact this policy. However, please be mindful that high winds and/or dry conditions require extra attention and safety for even the smallest fire. If in doubt, put it out! Questions about recreational fires can be answered at (952) 953-2600 during regular business hours.
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The city ordinance prohibits any type of open flame on any balcony, above ground-level, or on any ground-floor patio within 15 feet of a structure where two or more units exist on more than one level. Open flames are prohibited unless each of the separate dwelling units has its own private means of ingress and egress. Fuel storage is also prohibited in such structures.
Electric or gas-fired barbecue grills that are permanently mounted, wired, or plumbed to the building’s gas supply or electrical system and maintain a minimum clearance per manufacturer instructions may be installed on balconies and patios when approved by the Fire Marshal. Please also check with your building management on allowing a mounted unit.
Home owner associations (HOA) and building management may be more restrictive than city ordinance.
Questions can be answered during regular business hours.
First, make absolutely certain that there is no smoke in the area. If you cannot be certain, call 9-1-1 to have a fire truck respond with the monitors and other appropriate equipment they carry to ensure that there is not a smoldering fire.
Detectors that chirp when there is no smoke probably are:
Questions about smoke alarms can be answered at (952) 953-2600 during regular business hours.
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Smoke alarms have an average lifespan of 10 years. You can check the manufactured date on the back of the alarm. Questions about smoke alarms can be answered at 952-953-2600 during regular business hours.
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Home fire extinguishers are usually not serviceable.
Replace home fire extinguishers:
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Please shovel the hydrant clear of snow! The City of Apple Valley does not have staff assigned or available to clear hydrants as there are more than 2500 hydrants throughout the City. We ask and encourage all neighbors and business owners to work together to maintain a 3-foot clearance around each hydrant year-round. In the case of multi-family communities (townhomes, condominiums, apartments, etc.), it is the management’s responsibility to ensure that hydrants remain clear and ready for use.
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No. Apple Valley city ordinance requires that fire hydrants have a 3-foot clearance around them at all times. You are encouraged to talk with your neighbor about this, or are welcome to contact the Fire Department or Code Enforcement for assistance. Questions about obstructed fire hydrants can be answered at 952-953-2600 during regular business hours.
Yes. The fire prevention division has developed a fire safety education program that is incorporated into station tours for guests of all ages. These tours can be scheduled by calling 952-953-2600 or by email.
The Apple Valley Fire Department does not have the certified staff to assist with infant car seat installation. The Apple Valley Police Department does have staff that are certified to properly install infant car seats.
If you have filled out a job interest card for Firefighter with the City of Apple Valley, you will be notified when the hiring process begins. Additionally, there are NOW HIRING banners posted at each fire station when the process begins. Firefighter hiring is done to fill vacancies at fire stations. Typically, the hiring process begins in the spring.
Apple Valley Fire Department is a paid-on-call department where our firefighters respond to their assigned station when the pager they have been issued alerts them to an emergency call. The only full-time positions within the department are the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Fire Marshal, Fire Inspector, and the Department Assistant.
Recreational fires are allowed in the city when the following provisions are followed:
Visit the Rentals & Reservations page for information and forms.
The Dakota County Green Guide is an excellent source of information.
Bus transit service is provided by the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA).
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If you are having trouble with the online application process, please visit our Application Troubleshooting page.
Please contact Human Resources if you require accommodation in the application process due to a disability.
Paid on call firefighters must live within established response time of a fire station to be eligible.
Once a position closes, it will be removed from the website and applications will not be accepted. Some job opportunities list “Continuous” under the closing date. These opportunities remain open until filled.
All offers of employment are contingent upon the successfully passing a background investigation, including a criminal history check.
For sworn police officer and firefighter positions, felony convictions (and certain other convictions mandated by the state licensing board for police) will automatically disqualify you from further consideration.
For non-police/fire positions, the city will look at the type of conviction and whether it is related to the job for which you are applying. The city will also consider factors such as time elapsed since the conviction and seriousness of the offense.
Candidates for positions working with children or vulnerable adults will not be selected if they have been convicted of any crime listed in the Child Protection Worker Act (Minnesota Statutes 299C.61 & 62). Generally, this includes child abuse crimes, murder, manslaughter, felony level assault or any assault crime committed against a minor, kidnapping, arson, criminal sexual conduct, and prostitution-related crimes.
Before any applicant (other than applicants for positions within the police or fire department) is rejected on the basis of criminal conviction, he or she will be notified in writing and will be given any rights afforded by Minnesota Statutes Chapter 364. This includes the right to show evidence of rehabilitation.
Depending on the position, offers of employment may also be contingent on successfully passing any combination of the following:
Yes! It is located at 14601 Hayes Road and it is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. You do not need to be a member to participate except for a few activities like bingo and day old bread distribution. You can call the Senior Center at 952-953-2345 to get more information.
Alcohol and tobacco are not allowed within the Aquatic Center.
There are plenty of picnic areas inside the park where you can gather your group. You can bring any food item you wish into the park, just remember:
No alcohol, no tobacco, no glass containers, and no barbecue grills.
A life jackets or other device approved by the Coast Guard will have their approval stamp on it.
EVAA (Eastview Athletic Association) (952) 985-3830 VAA (Valley Athletic Association) (952) 532-5618 AVHA (Apple Valley Hockey Association) EVHA (Eastview Hockey Association)
The Spash Pad DOES have treated water: it's the same type of water that comes trhough a kitchen faucet and is safe to play in.
The City does not handle pest problems involving any wild animals such as woodchucks, raccoons, rabbits, or squirrels. A private pest control company should be called. The Police Department does pick up stray dogs that are at large within the city limits. The Police Department does not routinely pick up stray cats.
Fingerprinting have been suspended at this time due to changes in operations due to the COVID-19 emergency.
Yes, Apple Valley generally prohibits parking on city streets between the hours of 3am and 6am. Exemptions include when your driveway is under construction, or completely full with other vehicles. To view the full ordinance click here
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Parking is prohibited where official signs prohibit it: Within 30 feet of an intersection; at any time in front of a mailbox; when the street needs to be plowed to clear it of snow; between 3:00 am and 6:00 am year around except if your driveway is full or your driveway is being sealcoated; on a sidewalk. Click here to view summary
You are allowed 3 false alarm calls per year. You will be billed $100.00 for each alarm after three in a one year period.
The discharge of firearms is not allowed in the City of Apple Valley.
Dogs are required to be licensed. No license is required for cats. Proof of rabies vaccination must be provided at the time of applying for a license. Licenses are available during business hours at the police station. Click here to see summary of
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Due to the large number of bicycles recovered in the City each year, the City introduced this new program to help match up recovered bikes with their original owners. The program consists of residents registering their bikes in with the Apple Valley Police Department. Each bike is then assigned an identification number and its owner supplied with a tamper-proof sticker to affix to the frame of the bike. The data is then entered on the police department's bike registration list. When a bike is recovered, the officer will check it for the identification sticker and based on that number, be able to search the database to find the owner. To register your bikes, please fill out the bike registration form (one form per bike please) and return it to the Apple Valley Police Department at 7100 147th St. W., or fax it in to (952) 953-2733. If you choose to mail or fax the registration, your stickers and instructions for use will be mailed to you. For more information, contact the Apple Valley Police Department at (952) 953-2700.
Sign up for Operation Identification at the Police Department. There is no charge for this service. Contact Crime Prevention Specialist Pam Walter at (952) 953-2706 for more information.
An Information Disclosure Request form must be filled out by the person requesting the information. These forms are available on-line or can be picked up at the police department. The form can be faxed back at (952) 953-2733, emailed to email@example.com or dropped off at the police department. Other than car accident reports, you can expect to wait up to a minimum of 5 business days for copies of most incidents.
Please contact the Police Department to schedule an appointment with an officer assigned to your case and please provide additional information that will be helpful in the course of the investigation by completing
Orders for Protection and Harassment Restraining Orders must be obtained from the court. The Dakota County Western Service Center, including the court, is located at 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley, (952) 891-7570. This is where you go if you need to file an Order for Protection or Harassment Restraining Order. This is also where you pay traffic tickets or any other fines you have incurred.
Contact the City's tow contractor, Dick's Valley Service, at (952) 432-2848, to arrange for release of your impounded vehicle. At the time of impound, the police officer may have noted certain conditions for releasing the vehicle. Dick's Valley Service will notify you if there are any conditions of release.
The City does not handle pest problems involving small wild animals such as woodchucks, raccoons, rabbits, or squirrels. A private pest control company should be called. The Police Department does have available for rent live traps which you may use to trap the animal yourself. The Police Department does pick up stray dogs that are at large within the city limits. The Police Department does not routinely pick up stray cats.
Neighborhood Watch is a national crime prevention program enlisting the active participation of citizens in cooperation with the Police Department to reduce incidents of crime. Simply put, you and your neighbors watch out for one another and report suspicious activity to the Police Department.
To become part of this program, schedule a meeting with the Crime Prevention Specialist and neighbors, choose a Block Captain and have people sign up who agree to report suspicious activity to the Police.
See your manager and ask about the Crime Free Multi-Housing Coalition in Apple Valley, or contact the Crime Prevention Specialist at (952) 953-2706.
Business Watch is open to all who own, manage or work in an Apple Valley business. There are periodic meetings offering topics important to those in the business community. There is no charge.
The City of Apple Valley has barricades available for residents to use when closing off a public street for an event. Permission must be obtained from the Police Department, (952) 953-2700, prior to closing a street. After permission is received, arrangements for use of barricades are made through the Public Works Department. At all times the street must remain passable for emergency vehicles. Please note: No barricades are available for the Fourth of July holiday. Barricades must be reserved 24 hours in advance. The Public Works Department can be reached at (952) 953-2400 between the hours of 8:00 am. and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Barricades can be picked up or dropped off at the Central Maintenance Facility, 6442 140th St. W., between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Due to other obligations, City of Apple Valley employees are unable to assist citizens in the delivery or loading of barricades. Residents are required to sign in at the Central Maintenance front desk when picking up and dropping off barricades. Please bring your permission letter from the Police Department with you.
Mailbox damage must be reported to the Public Works Department prior to May 1 of the current year to qualify for repair or reimbursement. Mailboxes which do not comply with U.S. Postal specifications or are damaged due to snow deposited from plows (versus being hit by city snow removal equipment) will not be replaced. The city does not take responsibility for damage to media or paper boxes and does not repair them.
Planting of boulevard trees is the responsibility of the homeowner. For guidelines on what type of tree to plant and where to plant it, contact the Public Works Departments at (952) 953-2400.
City of Apple Valley water utility customers with non-delinquent accounts are eligible. Well water users are not eligible because they are not on the public water supply.
No, at this time there is no maximum number of rebates per address. The City may impose a maximum in the future.
Yes, any property connected to the City’s water supply system is eligible for the water efficiency rebate.
No. Only qualifying purchases made on or after January 1, 2020 are eligible for the rebate provided they have been installed in a qualifying location.
Receipts must be provided along with the completed and signed application. The receipt must clearly identify the model, date of purchase and reflect the payment method.
Click Here to see the list of approved devices on the EPA WaterSense website
Assuming grant funds are available, rebates will be processed as applications are received, and if approved, rebate will be issued as credits to water utility customers on their water bill. Please allow 1-2 billing cycles for the credit to appear.
The city may conduct random inspections to verify installation of specified products at the address listed on the account. In the event inspections reveal fraud, repayment of credits will be required.
Permits are not needed for any of the replacement devices as long as they are re-installed in the same location, however, full remodeling projects do require permits. If you have questions regarding permit requirements, please call the Building Division at 952-953-2588 or check the Building Division webpage.
Even if funds are available at the time of purchase, they may be exhausted by the time you submit your paperwork for approval. There is no guarantee that funding will be available, although as funding gets closer to being depleted, the website will be updated more frequently. Residents can always call the City to verify that funds are still available. Please call Public Works at: 952-953-2402.
No. This rebate is only good for the replacement of existing items and not intended for new construction.
WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers are devices installed in automatic sprinkler systems to avoid excess watering. They act like a thermostat for your sprinkler system telling it when to turn on and off. They are “smart” in that they connect to the internet and use local weather and landscape conditions to tailor watering schedules; some use sensors that can detect rain or soil moisture to avoid unnecessary watering.