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Review When is a Permit Required (PDF).
View Building Permit Fees (PDF).
Please contact the Building Inspection Department at 651-739-5150 to schedule an inspection.
To schedule an electrical inspection or call Peter Tokle at 763-754-2983, between the hours of 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM, Monday through Friday.
Yes, provided you own and live in the home and you have been issued a permit.
Most vacant land in the City is privately owned and, therefore, could be developed at some point. Please call 651-739-5150 to learn more about the property and how it is zoned.
A homeowner's association are homeowners that oversees the enforcement of private covenants and in some cases, maintain private streets and common areas, in certain developments. It is common for members to pay a monthly fee to their association. Contact your association to get a copy of the association documents and review them to learn about fees and your rights and responsibilities.
Such covenants are private rules that cover all of the properties within a specific development and regulate such things as the size and type of allowed fences and exterior colors of homes. These private rules are enforced by associations and not by the City. You may find it very helpful to ask the association for a copy of the covenants beforehand to review.
No the City does not. A warranty is a seller’s assurance to the buyer that the final product will be as promised and the City has no authority over private contracts or warranties. The City’s responsibility is to review plans and perform inspections to ensure compliance with City codes during the development and construction phase.
There are several types of easements: drainage, utility, etc. Although you own the property, easements give certain public and private entities the right to enter the property to perform repair and maintenance. All easements on your property should be shown on the lot survey or plat, or described within the title documents. To learn more, please call 651-739-5150.
If the streets within a development are private, the individuals within the development own the streets, usually as part of the homeowner's association. Homeowner associations typically hire a private contractor for snow removal and to maintain the streets.
The water level in the pond may rise and fall, and its appearance may change from season to season. The area surrounding wetlands/ponds (generally 25 feet around the perimeter) is owned by the City or state. It is important to not maintain this area as an extension of your yard. The natural growth around wetland filters out harmful sediments from entering the water and creating algae.
In most cases, Canadian geese are less apt to visit or nest in a wetland with its natural growth area intact.
Also, you are reminded to not dispose of grass clippings or animal feces in or near ponding areas or in streets/sewers. Grass clippings and other materials adversely affect the water quality of our wetlands and lakes.
Flotation devices (boats, canoes, rafts, etc.) may only be used on Tanners Lake, located at I-94 and Geneva Avenue. In addition to addressing safety concerns, these guidelines protect our bodies of water and their abundant wildlife – including fish, turtles, birds, and mammals, that live and nest in and near the water.
If you have questions, please call 651-730-2723.
Store your trash and recycling containers on the side or back of your house or garage, or inside the garage or a shed. If storing them in the front of your house is your only option, please call 651-739-5150 to learn about options available for screening. During the winter, please place your trash and recycling containers at the bottom of your driveway but behind the curb line and just before 7 AM on trash collection day.
To report an issue with trash or recycling containers, please email Code Enforcement, call 651-702-5225, or complete the online Citizen Request Form.
Grass at all properties needs to be no taller than six inches and weeds must be kept under control. When the City gets a complaint about tall grass, the property owner is notified and given up to five days to cut the grass and/or weeds, or the City will cut the grass and or weeds and assess the property.
To report tall grass and/or weeds, please email Code Enforcement, call 651-702-5225, or complete the online Citizen Request Form.
To report junk or inoperable vehicles, please email Code Enforcement, call 651-702-5225, or complete the online Citizen Request Form.
Please visit the Recreational Vehicle Storage page for complete details.
To report an issue with a recreational vehicle, please email Code Enforcement, call 651-702-5225, or complete the online Citizen Request Form.
Please email Code Enforcement, call 651-702-5225, or complete the online Citizen Request Form.
All animal complaints are handled through the Oakdale Police Department. To make a complaint and have an officer respond, please call 651-439-9381.
Yes, all meetings are open to the public with the exception of executive sessions.
Yes, at general meetings, the mayor or commission chairperson will announce that members of the audience may bring up any comments or questions for items not already listed on the agenda. Agendas typically list an "open forum" section for this purpose. It is the policy of the city council to refrain from taking action on items brought up under Open Forum until the matter is thoroughly researched by staff.
For public hearings, the mayor or commission chairperson will announce when it is time for comments and questions from the audience.
In each case, audience members wishing to address the council or commission are asked to stand at the podium and also state their name and address for the record.
Ordinances govern people or property and provide penalties. Ordinances adopted by the City become part of the Code of Ordinances and are available for viewing on the website or at city hall.
Resolutions are for matters of temporary, routine, or administrative nature.
This portion of the agenda typically consists of routine items that require little to no discussion by the members of the city council. All consensus motions are approved with one motion with the exception of any consensus items pulled by the mayor or city council to be discussed.
Oakdale is a statutory city and, as such, follows Minnesota Statutes. Oakdale operates under Plan B, which means that the mayor's powers are equal to the other members of the city council, with the exception that the mayor serves as presiding officer at meetings and also executes official documents. Oakdale's mayor and city council members are non-partisan and all serve the entire community. They each serve four-year terms and elections are held in even-numbered years.
PFAS stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The 3M Company made PFAS at its Cottage Grove facility from the late 1940s until 2002. They were commonly used in household and industrial products such as stain repellents, lubricants, fire retardant and suppressants and more. PFAS wastes were disposed of at various locations in Washington County. The source of PFAS in the Oakdale’s groundwater has been identified as these disposal sites.
Yes, the water the City delivers to citizens meets all State of Minnesota and federal standards and guidelines for PFAS.
The City has nine wells. Water from two of the wells is treated by the City’s water treatment facility. Three other wells have no detection or levels below the allowable thresholds of PFAS. Water from these wells is enough to meet daily demands for the community. The remaining four city wells currently exceed PFAS water quality standards and guidelines. The City is evaluating options to address them, in cooperation with the MN Department of Health.
In 2006, a 7,000 square foot water treatment facility was constructed at the Oakdale Public Works campus. The facility uses a granular-activated carbon (GAC) system to remove PFAS, and produces 2,400 gallons per minute of filtered water. GAC is made from organic materials that are high in carbon. Heat, in the absence of oxygen, is used to increase (activate) the surface area of the carbon. The activated carbon removes certain chemicals that are dissolved in water passing through a filter containing GAC by trapping (adsorbing) the chemical in the GAC.
More information is available on the MDH PFAS sites webpage and PFAS page, and the State of Minnesota’s website dedicated to the settlement with 3M and the process for identifying long-term treatment solutions
Yes. City Hall, located at 1584 Hadley Avenue, will serve as an early voting location for Washington County residents. Vote in person or drop off during these times:
GENERAL ELECTION (November 8)
September 23 to November 7: 8 AM to 4:30 PM
Absentee voting information
Yes. Apply for absentee ballots at www.mnvotes.org or by calling Washington County at 651-430-6790.
You only need to register if (1) this is your first time ever voting, (2) if your name or address has changed from the last time you voted, OR (3) if you haven’t voted in the past four years. Visit www.mnvotes.org to confirm that you are registered at your current address or to register ahead of time. You can also register at your polling place on election day by providing the required proofs of residency.
Visit pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us; put in your zip code, house number, and street name to learn your polling place. Or call 651-730-2704.
VIEW 2022 OAKDALE PRECINCT VOTING LOCATIONS
The filing period for the 2022 general election ended August 16.
Candidates will be on the November 8 General Election ballot; persons elected will take office in January of 2023 and serve four year terms.
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Yes! Simply complete this Fire Station Tour / Event Request form. All requests are on a first come, first served basis. Please submit your request at least 14 days in advance of your event / tour request.
Please call Fire Chief Kevin Wold at 651-731-8886 to learn more about serving the community as a volunteer firefighter.
View Oakdale's Recreational Fire Safety Video
If you have a question regarding your ambulance bill, or want to provide insurance information, please call: Expert T Billing at 651-463-3867.
In private single-family homes there are no restrictions regarding use of grills on decks or patios. If, however, you live in a multi-unit building (i.e.: townhome or apartment), please check with your homeowners association or building management on rules about having a grill on your deck or patio.
Barbecuing in any environment presents certain hazards so please follow these tips to reduce the likelihood of starting a fire: .
In the winter months, please consider keeping a path shoveled to the hydrant so they can be easily and quickly located and accessed by the fire department in the event of an emergency at your home or in your neighborhood.
Yes, Blood pressure checks are available at either fire station; however, the checks need to be administered by on-duty staff whose duties often take them away from the station during their shift.
No, although the department does not have staff trained in the proper installation of child safety seats, they partner with Regions Hospital to assist with the proper installation of child safety seats. To make an appointment please either call 651-357-2798 or email Health Partners.
No they don't. To locate businesses that service fire extinguishers, please check the internet. Also, please note that some extinguishers are single use only and need to be replaced after being used. Replacement extinguishers can be purchased through the supplies or from various retailers such as home improvement stores.
Please contact Fire Marshal Wold at 651-233-5711. Permits for brush fires are allowed to a maximum of eight feet in diameter and are limited to daylight hours.
Pieces to be burned shall not exceed four inches in diameter. Fireplaces or chipping are good alternatives for larger pieces. Only natural wood may be burned. Burning of treated or painted wood, plastic, rubber, leaves or grass is not allowed.
Burning permits, for the purpose of having a brush fire, may be issued to the owners of single-family residential properties only. Burning on commercial property is not allowed.
Permits are issued for up to three days at a time. Requests should be made at least 24 hours in advance. There is no charge for a permit.
Any time the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issues a burning ban that includes the Oakdale area, all burning permits are cancelled until the ban is lifted.
When police and/or fire personnel respond to more than three false alarms in a calendar year, the owner of the alarm system will be charged as shown:
The CodeRED emergency notification system is a communication service that give the City the ability to quickly notify the public of an emergency situation. It is used for significant incidents where the timely notification of an affected population or geographic area is critical. Examples include Amber Alerts, critical policy activity, hostage situation, chemical or gas leak, environmental hazards, weather related evacuations, etc.
The systems works with cellphones and landlines, but for cellphones, it’s very important to register your cellphone number so it’s associated with your address. There is no cost for you to participate in CodeRED.
CodeRED delivers messages through a high-speed telephone calling system. When a situation arises, City staff will identify "call areas" and a pre-recorded message will be sent out via the telephone with information about the incident and what, if any, action you should take.
The CodeRED system allows the City to quickly contact participants about critical/emergency situations and advise on what, if any, action to take, and also when the situation has been resolved.
Go to the CodeRED site and put in your name, your address in Oakdale (no PO boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary/alternate telephone number (cellphone, landline, or both).
The sign up form offers a TOD ONLY option for tone delivery of emergency messages. Messages will be delivered in a TOO/TTY format.
Answer by saying "hello". Message will begin playing immediately. If you do not speak, the system will hang up and retry the number.
Follow the instructions provided on the message.
Don’t hang up until you’ve heard the entire message.
Don’t call 911 unless instructed to do so.
If the situation doesn’t affect your area of the community, you won’t receive a call, even if it’s only a block away.
Backyard/recreational fires are allowed when:
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The Oakdale Bark Park, the city's off-leash park for dogs, is located off 50th Street, between Helena Road and Heather Ridge Road.
The Recreation Department offers five convenient ways to pay for activities:
For more information, please call the Recreation Department at 651-747-3860.
Moving into Oakdale? Welcome! Please complete the New Customer form. Questions? Please call 651-730-2710 or 651-739-5086.
Moving? We'll miss you! Please use this form to request a final meter reading and final utility bill. Questions? Please call 651-730-2710 or 651-739-5086.
From November 1 though April 1, city streets need to be free of parked vehicles during the hours of midnight to 5 AM or any time it snows two or more inches, day or night, until the streets are plowed. A good rule of thumb is to not park on city streets any time "measurable snow" is forecasted.
No permit, you simply need to register your container before it is delivered. Temporary Storage Container Registration Form.
Store your trash and recycling containers on the side or back of your house or garage, or inside the garage or a shed. If storing them in the front of your house is your only option, please call 651-739-5150 to learn about approved screening options.
To report an issue with trash or recycling containers, please email Code Enforcement, call 651-702-5225, or complete the online code violation form.
During the winter, please place your trash and recycling containers at the bottom of your driveway, behind the curb line, just before 7 AM on trash collection day.
Oakdale's Recycling Information (PDF)
If you are at 1584 Hadley Avenue after hours, use the speaker box located to the right of the main doors to City Hall to connect to Washington County and, after providing some information, an Oakdale police officer will be dispatched to your location.
If you are at another location, from a phone, call 911 for any situation that requires the response of police, fire, or emergency personnel. This includes damage to property, parking complaints, traffic situations, suspicious activity, etc., as well as for emergencies.
Laminated signs are available at City Hall or by calling 651-739-5086.
View the list of solicitors licensed by Oakdale (PDF).
View the list of tree services licensed to work in Oakdale (PDF).
The City of Oakdale issues these licenses to businesses:
General Business Licenses: Although the City does not issue general business licenses, we strongly encourage you to touch base with our staff by calling 651-730-2739 at your earliest convenience to provide your business name, address, telephone number, and when your business will open. This information will be provided to a member of the police and/or fire department and they will contact you to get details on alarms, key holders, type of business, and whether flammable or hazardous materials.
To learn more, please visit the Business License page.
Please call 911 to report any issues you encounter with a solicitor at your home or business.
A local option sales tax (L.O.S.T.) is simply a sales tax that is collected within the geographic boundaries of a city or county. Local option sales taxes apply to the same items and services as the general state sales tax. Items exempt from regular state sales tax are also exempt from the local option sales tax including many essential items such as groceries, prescription and over-the-counter medications, baby products and clothing. Complete list of non-taxable items from Minnesota Department of Revenue
Local governments in Minnesota use the local option sales tax to fund capital projects such as public buildings, libraries, parks, and other amenities.
Yes and no. Cities can explore creating and collecting L.O.S.T. but the process to do so is defined by state law. Before L.O.S.T. can be collected, it must receive approval from the state legislature, the local governing body (i.e. the City Council or County Board of Commissioners), AND the voters via a ballot referendum.
Oakdale’s City Council has identified two large-scale building projects and identified the local option sales tax as the preferred funding source. Oakdale’s Police and Public Works facilities – built in 1992 and 1985, respectively – were constructed when Oakdale had a smaller population and the need for services was vastly different. These facilities need to be updated and/or replaced to meet the needs of a growing community.
Yes, the City Council considered several options, including property taxes, and concluded L.O.S.T. made the most sense for Oakdale residents because the cost would be born not only among Oakdale residents. The benefit of the new Police Department and Public Works facilities and the services these departments provide will be felt by not only Oakdale residents but by anyone that works, shops, or visits the City of Oakdale. In an independent study conducted by the University of Minnesota Extension office that analyzed general state sales tax collected in Oakdale, the data showed that 50 percent of all sales tax collected comes from non-Oakdale residents.
The proposed L.O.S.T would be one-half of one percent (0.5%), or $.50 on every $100 of taxable purchases. State law requires the tax to automatically sunset once funds required for the projects are collected, or 25 years per approved legislation, whichever occurs first.
Yes, on August 8, 2022, the City Council voted unanimously to put the local option sales tax to voters on the November 8, 2022 ballot.
Voters will have two questions to respond either YES or NO to for the local option sales tax. The ballot language is as follows for both questions:
Question 1: Considering Sales Tax for Construction of New Public Works Facility
Shall the City of Oakdale be authorized to impose a temporary sales and use tax to finance all or a portion of the cost of constructing a new Public Works Facility, in an amount equal to one-half of one percent (0.5%) for a period of twenty-five (25) years or until $22,000,000 plus the costs of collecting and administering the tax and the costs of issuing any bonds including interest is collected, provided that such tax shall terminate sooner if the City Council determines that all such costs have been paid?
The total sales and use tax approved by voters at this election to finance this project and any other project will not exceed one-half of one percent (0.5%).
Question 2: Considering Sales Tax for Expansion and Remodel of Police Facility
Shall the City of Oakdale be authorized to impose a temporary sales and use tax to finance all or a portion of the cost of construction and rehabilitation and associated building costs of the Oakdale Police Department Facility, in an amount equal to one-half of one percent (0.5%) for a period of twenty-five (25) years or until $15,000,000 plus the costs of collecting and administering the tax and the costs of issuing any bonds including interest is collected, provided that such tax shall terminate sooner if the City Council determines that all such costs have been paid?
This is already done for Washington County’s Transit sales and use tax, which is at the same percentage as the city’s proposal of one-half of one percent (0.5%). Yes, L.O.S.T. would require two additional lines of reporting.
If the voters do not support the local option sales tax, it will be up to the City Council to determine how to fund the two proposed projects. Before putting the local option sales tax before voters, the City Council considered several funding options including property tax increases. The City Council felt a local option sales tax would be fairest because the burden would be shared by residents and non-residents.
A Minnesota statute defines a nuisance as follows: “Anything which is... an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property, is a nuisance.”
In the context of neighbors and their trees, the branches from your neighbor’s tree that rub against your roof or the roots that push up your sidewalk are considered a nuisance. What about your neighbor’s tree that leans far into your yard and prevents your use of a corner of your yard? If that tree interferes with the free use and enjoyment of your own property, then the tree has become a nuisance.
Courts sometimes use a more complex definition, but for most purposes, a boundary tree is one that is either planted on the boundary line between two lots or a tree whose branches, trunk, or roots have crossed a boundary.
Generally, the location of the trunk determines who owns the tree. A tree trunk that stands solely in your yard is your tree. As the tree owner, you can decide to coddle your tree or cut it down.
Tip: If you and your neighbor are co-owners of a true boundary-line tree, then you cannot cut down the tree without your neighbor’s consent, and vice-versa. You and your neighbor share the tree-care expenses and responsibilities equally.
A survey is the best way to determine the boundary lines of a lot. Look for surveyor stakes or boundary markers. A plat map and legal descriptions help, too. Often neighbors know where the boundaries are located. For more information, call the Building Inspection Department at 651-739-5150.
See our When Roots or Branches Encroach in Your Yard page.
Property owners in every state have the right to trim the branches or roots of a neighbor’s tree that encroach onto their property, up to the property line, at their own expense. This right is called “self-help.” Self-help is an alternative to going to court.
The rationale is that self-help prevents the wasteful use of the court system to resolve comparatively minor disputes. It’s a trade-off: you have the right to cut and remove the encroaching branches or roots of your neighbor’s tree, right away, at your own expense (i.e., use self-help), instead of having to hire a lawyer, start a lawsuit, and wait for the courts to sort it out.
Using self-help saves you time and money, and keeps the courts from settling disputes between neighbors. In Minnesota, you have the option of using self-help or going to court, when using self-help is not practical or reasonable. In most other states, self-help is the exclusive remedy.
Cutting down a tree on another person’s property without permission is trespassing and carries a penalty. In Minnesota, whomever intentionally cuts down a tree without the owner’s permission can be assessed three times the amount of monetary loss suffered by the tree owner.
Leaves, twigs, sap, acorns, etc., are naturally occurring tree debris and do not generally constitute a nuisance. There are no court cases in Minnesota that directly deal with this issue. However, courts in other states have recognized that tree owners are liable for “sensible damage” caused by their trees, such as a damaged roof, but not mere debris from a healthy tree. Going to court to have a neighbor ordered to pick up fallen debris is not practical or economical.
The rule of thumb is that the fruit on the overhanging branches belongs to the tree owner. Picking the fruit may not be so simple. Ownership of the fruit does not give your neighbor any right to trespass onto your property to pick the fruit.
The law in Minnesota on this subject is not clear cut. Courts would probably weigh your right to keep trespassers out of your yard against the owner’s right to harvest the fruit. The balance may tip in favor of your neighbor, if she owns an orchard and depends on the fruit for her livelihood.
The law is also unclear on the issue of fallen fruit. Once it has fallen, the fruit’s value diminishes. It has become, for all practical purposes, “tree debris.” You should be able to use or dispose of the fruit, if your neighbor says nothing about wanting it.
There is no recourse. If the tree trunk was in your neighbor’s yard, it’s their tree and they had the right to cut it down.
Look for “Attorneys/Real Estate or Real Property Law” or for a Lawyer Referral and Information Service.
The Oakdale Bark Park - the city's off-leash park for dogs, is located off 50th Street, between Helena Road and Heather Ridge Road.
The Oakdale Bark Park opens one-half hour before sunrise and closes one-half hour after sunset.
Here are the rules:
No, visitors to the Oakdale Bark Park do not need a permit or pass to use the park.
Experts indicate that four-foot fences are adequate for 99 percent of dogs and still allow adult deer to clear.
Yes. To learn more, call the Community Services Officer at the Oakdale Police Department at 651-738-1025 for complete details.
Visit the Oakdale Bark Park, located off 50th Street. This fenced-in wooded area offers walking paths for owners and plenty of room to run for their dogs. The park is open all year round and is the only park in the city where dogs can be off-leash. At other city parks, it is important to remember to keep your dog leashed at all times.
For your convenience, Mutt Mitt dispensers are provided in most City parks to easily collect and dispose of dog waste. Left on the ground, dog waste is not only unsightly but can pollute the water and also poses health risks.
Washington County residents are reminded to call 911 for any matter that needs police, fire, or emergency services, including issues relating to animals.
Deer are beautiful, wild animals, but deer in developed areas can spell trouble as they can wreak havoc on gardens, landscaping plants, trees, and shrubs. As such, feeding deer is not permitted and can lead to the city having to take action to reduce the population.
Pet owners may have up to three dogs and/or cats, over three months of age, at any one time. Pet owners may apply for a Special Use Permit from the Police Department at 651-738-1025 if more pets are desired.
Any time you need a Police, Fire or Medical response you should dial 9-1-1. The dispatcher will ask you where your emergency is and what is happening. Please remain calm when talking to the dispatcher. Remember … when calling 9-1-1 it is very important to stay on the phone, even if 9-1-1 was dialed in error. The dispatcher is required to verify where the call is coming from and if an emergency exists. If you hang up, a police officer will be sent to the location the 9-1-1 computer provides.
Anytime you need a police service to file a report or have an officer sent to your home, call 9-1-1. In other events, call the non-emergency number at 651-738-1025.
The Police department is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Email Oakdale records at firstname.lastname@example.org ORComplete a Data Release Form (PDF) and send it to:Oakdale Police Department1584 Hadley Avenue NOakdale, MN 55128
Registered owners of impounded vehicles need to first show proof of title, insurance, and proof of being a valid driver to the:Oakdale Police Department1584 Hadley Avenue NOakdale, MN 55128
Oakdale Officers can utilize a language line to assist with all languages. Calls may be transferred to a translator as well. Dispatchers are also able to handle calls from TTY.
The Oakdale Police Department ensures that deaf and hard-of-hearing people have full and equal enjoyment of its services, privileges, facilities, advantages, and accommodations, and it will provide Auxiliary Aids and Services at no cost to ensure Effective Communication with these individuals.
No on-street parking is allowed during the hours of 12 AM and 5 AM from November 1 to April 1. Additionally, no parking is allowed on City streets anytime following the accumulation of two or more inches of snow until snow removal is complete. Vehicle owners will be cited for violations and vehicles may be towed.
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Or call 651-430-6000.
Send a thank you note to the Police department: 1584 Hadley Avenue NOakdale, MN 55128
Email the Police Chief at email@example.com
Complete the Oakdale Police Department Comment Form
If it is an urgent matter, call 9-1-1 and request to speak to a police supervisor.
Complete the Oakdale Police Department Comment FormNOTE - To file a formal grievance please complete the Personnel Complaint Form (PDF). A formal complaint requires a signature and must be mailed or submitted in person: Oakdale Police Department1584 Hadley Avenue NOakdale, MN 55128
These curfew regulations were created by the City for the safety and welfare of juveniles and to provide for the well being of the general public. For questions about the curfew regulations, please call the Police Department at 651-738-1025.
It is unlawful for a juvenile under the age of 12, without parent or guardian, to be present in any public place within the City of Oakdale:
It is unlawful for juvenile, ages 12 to 14, without parent or guardian, to be present in any public place within the City of Oakdale:
It is unlawful for juvenile, ages 15 to 16, without parent or guardian, to be present in any public place within the City of Oakdale:
It is unlawful for a parent or guardian of a juvenile, to knowingly or through negligent supervision, permit the juvenile to be in any public place within the City of Oakdale during the hours prohibited. Violation by the parent or guardian is a misdemeanor offense.
From November 1 though April 1, City streets need to be free of parked vehicles during the hours of midnight to 5 AM or any time it snows two or more inches, day or night, until the streets are plowed. A good rule of thumb is to not park on City streets any time measurable snow is forecast.
For a nominal fee, Public Works accepts branches/brush, under eight inches in diameter. Residents may also drop off their buckthorn for free from April 15 to October 15 pending weather. Drop off hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 3 PM at the Public Works building (1900 Hadley Avenue North).
No grass clippings or bagged leaves are allowed for drop off at Public Works. No other items are permitted for drop off aside from the items listed above.
For more details, call Public Works at 651-730-2740.
Washington County provides a list of options and locations for yard waste disposal as well as information on other disposal options. You can also use the disposal directory to find facilities specific to your disposal needs.
Please notify the city at 651-730-2740. The city will contact an electrician and repairs generally take place within a few days. More severe issues would take additional time.
Every April, in conjunction with Arbor Day, the city gives away trees to Oakdale residents. The event is held at Walton Park, located at 15th Street and Hadley Avenue. Residents may typically choose between three to four tree varieties. Master Gardeners are on hand to answer questions about planting your new tree. Watch the City newsletter, electronic message boards, and social media for details on how to register for your tree.
Please remember to not dispose of grass clippings or animal excrement adjacent to ponding areas or in streets and sewers. Grass clippings and other materials adversely affect the water quality of our wetlands and lakes. Also, the area surrounding wetlands / ponds (generally 25 feet around the perimeter) is owned by the city or state and should not be maintained as an extension of a private yard. The natural growth around wetland serves as a filter to reduce or eliminate harmful sediments from entering the water and creating algae.
Learn how to adopt a wetland (PDF)
The Public Works Department has several sizes of buckthorn wrenches that you can borrow - at no charge! To reserve a wrench, please email Public Works or call 651-730-2740.
Branches and other brush, under eight inches in diameter, are collected at Public Works, 1900 Hadley Avenue N, during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 3:30 PM, from spring fall. For details, please email Public Works or call 651-730-2740.
Each January, live evergreens may be taken to the Public Works facility, 1900 Hadley Avenue N, for a nominal fee, to be recycled. Evergreen wreaths and garlands cannot be accepted. For details, please email Public Works or call 651-730-2740.
Water usage spikes during summer months, mostly as a result of lawn watering so it is critical that property owners practice smart lawn irrigation practices during this time. When watering in the summer, remember one inch of water per week, including rainfall, is all your lawn needs to remain healthy. Be sure to follow the City’s odd / even watering schedule (even numbered addresses water on even numbered days and odd on odd). Exemptions allowed are for new sod and seed on landscaping for the first three weeks and for businesses where the use of water is an essential element of their business).
To allow for the unobstructed delivery of mail, vehicles must park at least 10 feet away from either side of all mailbox between the hours of 8 AM and 6 PM, Monday - Saturday.
Yes, properly installed mailboxes that are accidentally toppled by the blade of a snowplow will be replaced by City crews as soon as time and weather allow. Please report damage by calling 651-730-2740.
During the winter, to ensure mail delivery, please clear snow away from the front of your mailbox. Year-round, between the hours of 8 AM and 6 PM, Monday through Saturday, the area directly in front of any mailbox, and ten feet out from each side of the mailbox, needs to remain clear of vehicles to allow easy access to the mailbox by mail carriers.
Anything washed from your property into the street goes into storm drains and ultimately ends up in our wetlands, lakes, ponds and waterways. Some of the things that are contaminating our wetlands, lakes, ponds, and waterways include: oil and gasoline, grass clippings and fertilizer, pet droppings, leaves, paint and toxic household products. Although it may seem somewhat harmless to pour a bit of old paint or spilled fertilizer into the storm sewer, please consider that the plants and wildlife that depend on water to survive and to thrive are being adversely affected. Become a Storm Sewer Steward for the storm sewer near your property by removing leaves, grass, trash that collect at the grate. Should you see someone considering putting something other than water into the storm drain, please email Public Works or call 651-730-2740.
Easy to remember: Only Rain in the Drain!
Consider Adopting the Drain!
Typically in early May, all the hydrants throughout the City are flushed to clear out impurities, particularly iron deposits, that build up over the winter months. The flushing process may create a temporary interruption to your water service and/or discolor the water coming out of your faucet. In the case of discolored water, run the cold water for a few minutes.
For safety reasons - yours, your family's and city crews -- recreational devices (i.e. basketball hoops, hockey nets, etc.) cannot be placed or installed in the right-of-way or boulevard areas of your yard or in public streets, even on a temporary basis.
Minnesota Mosquito Control will pick up tires, at no charge, during the summer months. Call 651-645-9149 to schedule a pick-up.
Tires may also be taken to the Public Works facility, 1900 Hadley Avenue N, during regular business hours (7 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday), and disposed of, for a nominal fee, from May 1 to September 30.
Please route it out!
The flow that enters the sanitary sewer system through toilets, wash tubs, and floor drains is sent to the treatment plant in Saint Paul. The flow is metered and Oakdale and its utility customers are charged for additional flow. If you use a sump pump, please note that it is illegal to discharge sump pumps into the sanitary sewer system (toilets, wash tubs, floor drains). Route discharge outside to your yard, the street, the storm sewer, or waterway.
Anyone experiencing a problem with their sewer system should notify the Public Works Department immediately at 651-730-2740. Call the Ccty before you contact a drain cleaning service. The main sewer line will be investigated and the necessary action taken. If, however, the problem exists in the sanitary sewer service that connects the structure to the main sewer line, it would be the property owner's responsibility to have the problem corrected. If the correction involves cutting tree roots in the service line, property owners are asked to first call the Public Works Department at 651-730-2740. Note: many homeowners insurance policies exclude sewer back-ups, so homeowners are encouraged to talk to their agent about protection.
During the spring thaw, the city's streets are weakened by water that becomes trapped in the gravel base below the pavement. The weight of vehicles can cause the road to bend, and if the surface is bent too far or too frequently, it cracks. As pavement ages, it becomes brittle and less able to withstand weight and movement and deteriorates at an accelerated pace. Weight restrictions are implemented each year in early spring in an effort to minimize the wear to the streets and to allow the base adequate time to stabilize. During this time, we ask that you avoid scheduling deliveries and remodeling projects. Please email Engineering or call 651-730-2734.
The average water hardness is 14.6 grains.
Each year, the City receives requests for traffic control signage. The City investigates the area to determine if additional signage or enforcement is necessary. The City has found that "Children at Play" signs, "Stop" signs, and additional speed limit signs are generally ineffective in controlling speeders because the offenders often live in the immediate area. Although enforcement may be an immediate solution, the most effective overall method is for all drivers to take special care to observe posted speed limits, especially in the presence of children. To learn more, call the Engineering Division at 651-730-2734.
You can apply online for a right-of-way permit.
For more information, please call 651-747-3860.
Receive your brochure by email. You will have all your Oakdale Recreation information instantly and immediately when you sign up for eBrochures. It's quick and easy to register. Simply email Laura. You will begin receiving your brochures with the next issue!
The Eder School is operated by the Washington County Historical Society. For museum hours, historical information, or to schedule a off-hours tour, please visit the Eder School House website.
Registration fees for programs cancelled by the recreation department will be fully refunded. Other than adult trips, participants may cancel a registration three business days before the start of the program and receive a refund, less a $5 administration fee. Once a refund has been requested, a check will be mailed within 45 days. If the registration was charged, a credit to the credit card will be processed. No refunds can be issued once a program has started or if tickets were purchased for a trip or event.
The recreation department is always looking for enthusiastic leaders and ideas for learners of all ages, stages, abilities and interests. Do you have a special skill, interest, knowledge, or hobby you'd like to share with others? Professional certification is not required; passion and enthusiasm are a must! Proposals are accepted throughout the year. Please call Julie Williams at 651-747-3867.
The Recreation Department offers scholarships for Oakdale residents who might need financial assistance to participate in the City's youth programs. Funds are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, or to request an application, please call 651-747-3860.
Yes! There is an archery range at Northdale Park, located north of 50th Street, at 53rd Street and Granada Avenue.
If the registered owner or owners are not living in the property and it is occupied, a rental license is required. This includes properties where no rent is being exchanged, homesteaded units, and allowing extended family members to live at the property. View the rental license requirements (PDF). Contact the Building Department at 651-739-5150 with questions.
Complete the non-rental form (PDF) and email it to Rental Housing or fax the form to 651-730-2820.
Simply fill out a Rental Housing License Application (PDF) and return to:City of Oakdale Building Department1584 Hadley Avenue NOakdale, MN 55128
Rental licenses are valid from January 1 to December 31.
Inspections are scheduled two weeks out from the date the rental license is issued. A letter will be sent to both the owner and the unit manager (if one is listed) showing the date and time of the schedule inspection.
When two or more inches of snow have accumulated, snow andice control operations move from salting to plowing the snow to the sides ofthe street. In most cases, plowing operations begin between 12 AM and 4 AM; theexact time depends on the predicted start of the snowstorm, intensity of thesnowfall, and when the snowfall is expected to end.
No. The City is responsible for most roadways, but does notplow Washington County roads, Minnesota State Highways, or private roads.
The City is divided into seven individual areas, each ofwhich are arterial or collector streets. These streets are plowed first.Residential streets and cul-de-sacs are usually last to get plowed, since it isanticipated that by plowing collectors and arterials first, motorists will onlyhave two or three blocks to travel before they arrive at a plowed street.
View Oakdale's snow plow routes map (PDF)
Although all are important, the first priority is removal ofsnow from the City’s street system. As a result, a majority of the City’sresources are committed to this activity. At the same time, however, minimumresources are directed to the removal of snow from sidewalks, trails and icerinks. Since the amount of personnel and equipment working on these is muchsmaller, it takes more time to complete the snow removal operation.
View Oakdale's trail plow routes map (PDF)
Plowing snow in cul-de-sacs is difficult because of the waydriveways are situated. As much as possible, plow drivers try to plow snow awayfrom driveways and deposit it in the center or open areas.
During heavy snowfalls, snowplowing is accomplished in threeseparate operations:
Homeowners are responsible for clearing out their own driveways.
No, with more than 500 fire hydrants in the city, it’simpossible to remove snow from around all of them. Residents are asked to“adopt” a hydrant and clear the snow away from it to keep it accessible in caseof a fire.
Unfortunately, plow drivers can’t plow around or set upcontainers that are knocked over. Residents are requested to set out recyclingcontainers and garbage cans on the driveway behind the street curb line.
Properly installed mailboxes that are accidentally toppled by the blade of a snowplow will be replaced by City crews as soon as time and weather allow. The City will not repair mailboxes damaged by the force of snow coming off the plow. Please report damage by calling 651-730-2740.
The City will repair grass damage that results from its snowplows, but does not repair sprinklers, fences or any private improvements installed in the right-of-way. Mailboxes that are physically hit by City snowplows will be repaired but will not repair mailboxes damaged by the force of snow coming off the plow.
Damage to mailboxes, sprinklers and other private improvements within the right-of-way will be assessed by the Street Superintendent to determine if the City is responsible for restoration.
Residents can report these types of damage to the Oakdale Public Works department at 651-730-2740. Please note, grass repairs are usually made in May and June through the use of topsoil and seed. The City will provide sod to property owners who want to do their own repairs.
No. City ordinance and state statutes require that snow beplaced on the right-of-way adjacent to the closest property.
A special assessment is a charge imposed on a property for a specific improvement that benefits the property owner (such as a street improvement). It is used to partially finance a specific public improvement.
Please refer to the assessment page for detailed information.
According to the Minnesota State Statues, the assessment amount cannot exceed the benefit to the property. Court cases have defined the benefit to be the increase in property value resulting from the improvements. The City hires an independent appraiser to determine the benefit amounts to your property.
The assessment hearing is an important meeting where the city council reviews the assessment roll. The assessment roll is the list of properties along with their respective assessment amounts. If the city council agrees with the list of properties and the amounts, they adopt the assessment roll and certify the list to Washington County for collection.
Yes, you would need to fill out an application and submit it to the Finance Director. The deferment only applies to the owner(s) who applied for the deferment. Once the property is sold the assessment then needs to be paid. A review of the hardship will be conducted every three to five years and may need to be reversed depending on the outcome of the review.
Based on your billing cycle, residential bills are sent out quarterly and due on the 20th of the month.
Learn about Payment Options for utility bills.
Yes, if you sign up for our online service through Payment Service Network (PSN), you can register for online billing.
No worries, simply call the Utility Billing Department and we will mail or email you a replacement bill.
Check your usage on your bill; has it increased significantly compared to previous quarters or years? This will increase your water usage charge and possibly your sewer usage charge, depending on what time of the year it is. Think of reasons your usage may have gone up like outside watering, house guests, filling a pool, maybe even a leak.
This is your water usage per quarter and the letter represents the month your meter was read. Your most current reading is on the right.
Your average annual sewer usage is established during your winter billing quarter. This is usually the quarter with the most water going into the wastewater system and not outside.
This is a maintenance fee for all signal lights and street lights throughout Oakdale. All residents pay this fee.
This is an annual charge required by the State of Minnesota to pay for costs incurred by the state to implement federal regulations pertaining to the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Most water meters are located about three feet off the floor in the basement of your home. It is usually located on an exterior wall facing the street.
Your current water meter is a device with a round face attached on each side to your water pipes. The face has dials and the numbers on the bottom read like a car odometer. Your meter will have a digital face without dials, and you will not see a meter reading unless you shine a flashlight into the light sensor.
The meters transmit a radio signal containing a meter number and a meter reading that can be picked up by a radio receiver in the City’s vehicle. The meter reading from that transmission is used to generate the utility bill. The transmission lasts for 7 milliseconds (07 of one second) and occurs once every 14 seconds, using less than 100 milliwatts of power. This regular transmission allows the City to capture readings as it drives by and on-demand should a special reading be needed. In other words, the meters transmit about 45 seconds a day from a single "D" cell battery.
If there is a leak before or after the water meter, it is the homeowners responsibility to make an appointment with a plumber to have the leak fixed. Once an appointment is scheduled with a plumber, contact Oakdale Public Works at 651-730-2740 to have the water turned off at the street.
The meter needs to be accessible at any time. If you have done renovation work, your meter needs to be accessible either by an access panel or other such means.
No, your meter does not require any maintenance by the homeowner; however, you should be careful not to damage the meter or allow temperatures in your basement to drop to levels that would freeze the meter during the winter months. Be especially careful of your meter freezing if you have renovated and your meter is now behind a wall or panel as you will be charged for replacing the meter if it should freeze or sustain damage.
Meter readings obtained over radio frequency transmissions are 100 percent accurate.
Your meter will be read at the same intervals throughout each year. Residential meters are read quarterly and commercial meters are read monthly.
You can take a reading of the water meter yourself at any time. You must use a flashlight over the top of the meter, this will “wake up” the meter from a sleep mode. This is how the meter is able to save its battery life by going into a sleep mode. Then you are able to see the meter reading on the display.
You may contact the Utility Billing department with any questions about your water bill.
Because of the specialized equipment and alternating frequencies being used, the information would be extremely difficult for unauthorized acquisition or hacking. The transmission itself contains only the numbers associated with your current meter reading and number identifying your meter to compare with our records to ensure a match. To protect your privacy, no personal data is transmitted.
No, only ordinary electronics and batteries are inside the equipment.
No, you will not see interference with your television reception, phone or pacemaker. Of the 9 million Neptune water meters in operation for the past 13 years, no interference with any other radio frequency devices has ever been documented.
No, this equipment uses a radio transmitter to send the information to City personnel driving by with a receiver.
No, the equipment is only capable of collecting the reading from the water meter and transmitting it to the receiver.
According to the Federal Communications Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO), radio frequency signals produced by radio read meters or other such wireless networks have shown no occurrences of adverse long- or short-term health effects.
The WHO's conclusion is that: "Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected to date, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak radio frequency signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects."
To find out more about the Neptune meters, please visit the Neptune Meters website or call 800-844-8334 and ask for the Meter Division.