Get ready for routine neighborhood inspections

Courtesy of City of Mpls

Now that spring is here, Minneapolis city officials are encouraging residents to clean up any nuisance conditions in their yards before routine neighborhood inspections.

Housing Inspections Services staff look for nuisance violations throughout the year to help keep Minneapolis safe, clean and livable, but they are most common in the spring, summer, and fall.

Property owners with nuisance violations will get a letter and about a week to resolve the violations. If they don’t resolve violations by the due date, contractors will complete the work, and the property owner will be charged a fee.

Anyone with questions about a letter regarding nuisance violations can call 311.

Some of the most common nuisance violations that City staff looks out for:

  • Tall grass and weeds: Grass and weeds must be under eight inches.
  • Inoperable vehicles: Vehicles that are not in working condition may not be stored on residential property. This includes vehicles with flat tires or expired tabs.
  • Vegetation overhanging the sidewalk, alley or street: Bushes and other vegetation overhanging sidewalks, alleys or streets must clear sidewalks by seven feet and alleys and streets by 14 feet.
  • Garbage, litter, and junk: Yards must be free of trash and debris.
  • Brush and branches: Brush and branches attract rodents and are a fire hazard. Solid Waste & Recycling customers can bundle them for pickup at their curbside or alley location on garbage day in the spring, summer and fall.

Some resources exist to help seniors, veterans and disabled people.

Visit for more information. To report a property in violation or for additional questions, call 311.