Each market is different and may have unique requirements and benefits to buying real property there. That’s why it’s important to work with a REALTOR® to help you navigate the particularities of their markets. Below you will find some links to resources to get you started. Call your REALTOR® to help you find the property you want and the expertise you need.
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WLSSD Ordinance Update
WLSSD Ordinance Update
In June of 2017 the WLSSD passed required revisions to the Ordinance Establishing Standards for Reduction of Inflow & Infiltration which all municipalities connected to the WLSSD system (included below) must follow. Of particular interest in this update is Section 7.2 which covers lateral lines. Municipalities can enforce this section either through a point of sale requirement or through an annual inspection program. Most municipalities have chosen to complete the requirement through point of sale. Municipalities are required to comply with enforcement of this ordinance by February 15, 2020. While some municipalities have been in compliance for some time, some are still finalizing their ordinances. A list of municipalities and the current status of their ordinance is below.
Full Ordinance Text: https://wlssd.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/15K395606-II-Ord.-FINAL.pdf
- Duluth – Passed, Annual Inspection, (Grants available); Contact Jim Benning – jbenning@duluthmn.Gov
- Proctor – Passed, Point of Sale effective 1/1/20; Contact Mark Casey -email@example.com
- Hermantown – Draft, Likely POS effective 2/15/20, Contact Janice Shepherd - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cloquet – Draft, Likely Annual Inspection effective 2/15/20; Contact Caleb Peterson - CPeterson@cloquetmn.gov
- Carlton – Passed, Point of Sale effective 1/1/20; Contact - email@example.com
- Scanlon – Passed, Point of Sale; Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rice Lake – Passed, Point of Sale and Annual Inspection effective 7/22/2019; Contact – Toni Blomdahl - TBlomdahl@RiceLakeCityMN.com
- Wrenshall – Passed, Point of Sale effective 1/1/20; Contact Alieca Johnson - email@example.com
- Thomson – Draft, Likely Point of Sale 2/15/20; Contact Leah Pykkonen - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Midway – Passed, Annual Inspection and Point of Sale effective 2/1/20; Contact Jim Aird – email@example.com
- Twin Lakes – Draft, Annual Inspection & Point of Sale; Contact Sue Chapin - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pike Lake Area Wastewater Collection System – Passed, Annual Inspection & Point of Sale effective 1/1/20; Contact Amber Madoll - email@example.com
- Duluth/North Shore Sanitary District – No Inspection requirement (DNSSD owns pipe to the eaves so there is no private lateral); Contact Angie Braud - firstname.lastname@example.org, Joe Jurewicz - email@example.com
- Village of Oliver, Wisconsin – Passed, Point of Sale effective 4/30/19; Contact Julie Abraham - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Knife River-Larsmont Sanitary District – Passed, Point of Sale?; Contact Joe Jurewicz - email@example.com
City of Cloquet – http://www.ci.cloquet.mn.us/
City of Duluth – http://www.duluthmn.gov/
I&I Point of Sale (Sump Pumps) – http://www.duluthmn.gov/public-works-utilities/inflow-infiltration/
At point of sale city needs to inspect the basement for a sump pump or the man hole for contributing to the city storm water/sewer system. If property is found non-contributing that compliance certificate is $105 and good for 1 calendar year.If property is contributing then owner needs to pay $200 towards compliance and sump pump will most likely need to be installed, current or new owner can undertake this and there are grant monies available to cover the majority of the cost. Call 218-730-4130 to schedule an appointment prior to closing.
Rental Ordinance – Life Safety Department – http://www.duluthmn.gov/fire/licenses-and-permits/
All properties that are rented or that the owner is receiving a benefit from others dwelling there in City of Duluth must have a rental license.There are 2 types licenses available a Single Tenant(owner occupant w/1 person, a family or related persons) or Multi-Tenant(more than 1 unrelated persons).If purchasing a rental property or converting a single family residence to a rental check on license status and be prepared to pay fees.Licenses are issued for 3 year terms and current fees can be found on the website.
Garbage – The City of Duluth requires garbage service at all residential properties, so if a garbage bill is delinquent the garbage hauler may petition to put the outstanding amount onto the property taxes. A good rule of thumb is to require a paid in full garbage receipt prior to closing.
Steps to Gas Service – Comfort Systems natural gas service within the CIty of Duluth
City of Ely – http://www.ely.org/
Esko - http://www.thomson.govoffice.com/
City of Grand Marais – http://www.ci.grand-marais.mn.us/
City of Hermantown – http://www.hermantownmn.com/
City of Proctor - http://www.proctormn.gov/
Carlton County – http://www.co.carlton.mn.us/
Cook County – http://www.co.cook.mn.us/
Lake County – http://www.co.lake.mn.us/
Planning & Zoning
Pine County - http://www.co.pine.mn.us/
St. Louis County – https://www.stlouiscountymn.gov/
Ordinance 61 Septic Point of Sale St. Louis County - http://www.stlouiscountymn.gov/LANDPROPERTY/BuildingZoning/SepticSystems.aspx
All septic systems within St. Louis County must be inspected prior to sale.Inspections will determine conditions of the septic system as 1 of 4 outcomes.In 2 of the outcomes system replacement will be required which could lead to additional fees or escrowing of monies.
SCHOOL DISTRICT INFORMATION
MN Department of Education School Finder - http://education.state.mn.us/Maps/FindSch/
MN Department of Education School District List - http://w20.education.state.mn.us/MdeOrgView/search/tagged/MDEORG_LEA
Minnesota School District Map – http://www.gis.leg.mn/pdf/sd/sd14-15_noleg.pdf
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
4031 Grand Avenue
Duluth, MN 55807