Facts About Savage

  • Estimated population, according to the Metropolitan Council as of 2014, is 29,047. Estimated number of households is 9,724. 
  • Median household income in 2014, based on the American Community Survey, was estimated to be $104,073.
  • Savage is situated between two major transportation routes: State Highway 169 and Interstate 35W. 
  • Savage is located in Scott County, ranked as the fastest growing county in the state, last decade, with a 45% increase in total population.
  • Three school districts primarily serve the residents of Savage: Prior Lake-Savage (District 719), Burnsville Public School District (District 191), and Shakopee School District (District 720). A portion of Savage is in the Bloomington School District; however, no households are located within that area.
  • Residents receive City information via a monthly newsletter, the City Connection; Savage TV, which provides government, community and educational programming; a website, www.cityofsavage.com; Facebook page; Twitter; the City of Savage App and InfoNet, a free email-based program provided by the Savage police department. The Savage Pacer is the local newspaper. 
  • The community is home to the Ports of Savage, which is comprised of five facilities that deliver commodities to the rest of the world via the Minnesota River. Approximately 6 percent of the nation’s grain is shipped from the Ports of Savage. 
  • The McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center (ELC), completed in the fall of 2008, provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn about and enjoy nature. The ELC is located in Community Park west of County Road 27 (Dakota Avenue). 
  • The City operates Savage City Liquor, which consists of two municipal liquor stores: Dan Patch and Marketplace. Profits are returned to the community at the City Council's discretion. Past revenues have been directed toward the debt issued to build the Savage Public Library and the McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center. 
  • Savage is named after Marion W. Savage, a businessman who owned the famous racehorse, Dan Patch, during the early 1900s. Dan Patch lived in a stable on the banks of the Minnesota River from 1902 until his death on July 11, 1916. MW Savage died the day after.
  • Savage was incorporated in 1892 when it was known as Hamilton. The name of the post office there was changed to Savage in 1904. The city’s name officially changed to Savage in 1919.
  • The community has 22 parks. The parks and open space areas total over 440 acres of land. The City has 28 miles of paved trails and 58 miles of sidewalk throughout the community.
  • In 2005, Savage ranked 24th out of 112 Metro Area cities in terms of total property taxes. For 2013, City property taxes on a $257,400 home are approximately $1,244. 
  • The total tax levy in 2016 is $16,616.13. That is only .28% more than 2015 ($45,913). This small increase, with increasing market values, allowed the City to reduce its tax rate from 51.752% to 50.180% - a 1.72% decrease.
  • Cable television service is provided by Mediacom Cable and Integra Telecom. 
  • Recreational offerings include an outdoor aquatic center and full-scale health club through a partnership between the City and Life Time Fitness; a skate park; a seasonal sports dome; and more than 50 activities and programs offered through the City's parks and recreation department year-round.
  • Community events occurring throughout the year include the Arbor Day Tree Sale in April every other year; Community Recycling Day in May; Dan Patch Days in June; Night to Unite in August; Fall Harvest Fest in September and the Fire Department’s Halloween party in October.

Naturally Resourceful

Defining our tagline, Naturally Resourceful

The two words, Naturally Resourceful, serve as the City’s tagline. But what exactly does that mean?

Initially, one might think the tagline describes Savage’s environmental features. While it is true that this city has a wonderful array of rivers, streams, lakes, hills, valleys and wetlands, “Naturally Resourceful” actually is intended to sum up the way in which the City of Savage conducts business and provides services. It also serves as a reminder of the City’s promise to its customers, which is to provide “expert resources and honest communications to advance our community.” In other words, the City is committed to doing what comes naturally and using its resources to effectively and efficiently deliver services.

So, what are those things that come naturally? Staff and leaders at the City possess a sense of honesty, integrity, compassion, teamwork and resourcefulness that ensure the job gets done in a way that considers and weighs the impacts of all those involved. Our Building Department, for example, has highly trained inspectors who will gladly guide do-it-yourselfers through their projects to ensure they meet code the first time. 

And what are those resources that are being used to deliver services? There is a method of operation at the City of Savage whereby employees and officials instinctively call on others to help accomplish a task. It could be a fellow staff member who has a specific skill, or an outside agency that focuses on a particular subject area. By forming progressive partnerships, the City is able to provide services to the community at a cost that is lower than if it had attempted the same project on its own. 

The City of Savage wants your community to be the very best that it can be. To that end, the organization will continue to use its resources and natural abilities to deliver a high level of services that those who live, visit or work here can rely on and afford.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 00:00

Public information meeting on Wellhead Protection Plan

A public information meeting is scheduled for May 5, 2016 from 5 to 6 pm. at Savage City Hall, 6000 McColl Drive to discuss the Wellhead Protection Plan for the City’s drinking water supply wells. Information pertaining to the delineation of the wellhead protection area, drinking water supply management area, and vulnerability of the wells and aquifers will be discussed. The public is welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Kilmers, Utility Services Superintendent at 952-224-3400. 


Wednesday, 20 April 2016 00:00

Know where to vote: Your polling place may have changed

Before going to the polls, everyone is encouraged to verify where they go to vote. Precinct boundaries and polling locations have recently changed to accommodate the population growth and increase in voters in Savage. Find your correct polling location using the precinct map, or go to mnvotes.org. This link also provides information on how to register to vote, absentee voting, and a preview of what is on your ballot. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 952-882-2660.


Building Inspections FAQ

Can I apply and pay for permits online with a credit card?

Yes, buildingmechanical and plumbing permits are in PDF format on our website and can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Payments can be made online at the City's Payment Center.  Please indicate in the description box your name or company name, permit type and the site address.  Please contact the Building Inspections Department at 952-882-2650 if you have any questions.

Does your department handle electrical inspections?

No, electrical inspections are performed by the State Electrical Inspector, Terry Krominga. Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:00 AM until 8:30 AM only. His phone number is  507-665-3205.  Electrical permits can be obtained on the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry website.

I am a contractor, how do I register with the City of Savage?

Annual Contractor Registration is completed on the City of Savage website for all mechanical, plumbing and water/sewer contractors.  You may upload all required documents to the online form or fax to 952-882-2656.  Credit card payment for the annual $35.00 registration fee can be made at the City's online Payment Center.

What is the purpose of a building permit and how long does it take to obtain?

The purpose of a building permit is to provide minimum construction standards established by the International Code Council so as to provide safeguards for life or limb, health, property and welfare by regulating design, construction, materials, use and the type of occupancy of all buildings. A building permit must be obtained any time a building or structure is erected, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, converted or demolished. The average turn around time is 10 business days.

What should I do before I hire a contractor?

The Department of Commerce recommends the following steps before you hire a contractor.

What are the requirements for smoke detectors?

Smoke detectors are required for the entire house when remodeling or finishing a basement. Smoke detectors must be hard wired with battery backup in the newly remodeled areas. They should be interconnected whenever possible.

Do I need a permit to build a shed?

A building permit is only required for sheds that exceed 200 square feet in size.  Contact the Planning Department for additional requirements or special permits that may apply.

Do I need a building permit to put up a fence?

No, unless it exceeds 7 feet in height. Please refer to the fence handout for fence requirements.

Do I need a permit for a retaining wall?

If the wall is over 4 feet tall, a building permit is required. Engineering or manufacturer's specifications will also be required. The retaining wall may not encroach in the drainage of the property. Contact the City of Savage Engineering Department for questions related to drainage issues.

I am having problems with my home. Will the City come and complete an inspection for me?

The City of Savage cannot provide homeowners this type of inspection service. The City performs inspections on active permits only. Independent inspectors can be hired to do these types of troubleshooting inspections.

I am a renter having problems with my rental unit. Can the City come inspect it?

The City of Savage performs inspections only on active building permits. Refer to the Minnesota Attorney General Handbook for information on tenants rights and responsibilities.


Thursday, 14 April 2016 00:00
Parks and Recreation moving to Public Works

Parks and Recreation moving to Public Works

The Parks and Recreation Division is responsible for providing and maintaining our comprehensive park, trail and open space system and offering year round recreation opportunities for all. This includes operating the Sports Center (November through March) and the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center (ELC) located in Community Park. To ensure easy accessibility and the highest level of customer care for all of these park and recreational facilities, the Park and Recreation Department is moving back to the Public Works building located at 13770 Dakota Avenue, on the corner of Connelly Parkway and Dakota Avenue. Effective May 1, 2016, residents wanting to register in person for any Parks and Recreation program, make a reservation for the McColl Pond ELC, or reserve a picnic shelter can do so at the Public Works building, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. For questions or more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 952-224-3420. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 00:00

McColl Drive east bound lanes to close April 18

Starting April 18, the eastbound lanes of McColl Drive (CR-16), between Dakota Ave (CR-27) and Taylor Drive, will be fully closed for installation of a new turn lane at Hampshire Ave. This section of McColl Drive will be closed for two weeks. One west bound lane of McColl Drive will remain open during this project. 

Questions may be directed to the Public Works Department at 952-224-3400.


Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00
Rec Corner

Rec Corner

Summer Recreation Registration Date | The Discover Savage Spring/ Summer activity brochure is out! Savage Recreation offers a variety of programs for a variety of age-groups at affordable prices. Savage residents can register online and in-office starting on Tuesday, April 5 at 8 a.m. Registration for non-residents opens Thursday, April 7. If you have questions regarding your online account, please call our office prior to registration day at 952-224-3420.

Let's Play! Music Together® | Let's Play! Music Together® includes an 8-week, 45 minute session for children birth to age 5 that creates a playful atmosphere in which both the child and adult can find the music maker in themselves. Fee includes lesson, CD and digital download, songbooks and suggestions for home. Registration deadline is April 10. Learn more.

Open Pickleball | Join Open Pickleball Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon at Savage Community Park. Open Pickleball allows all ages and skill levels to participate in rotating games. Participants will play at Savage Community Park and will be divided by ability. No pre-registration is required.

Now Hiring Seasonal Staff! | Join the Savage Parks and Recreation team this summer! We're hiring for a variety of positions including park maintenance, summer sports, playground day camps, facility supervisor, youth coordinator, and more. For a complete list including job descriptions and pay, visit us online or call the Savage Job Line at 952-882-2651.

Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00
What's new in Savage Parks and Recreation?

What's new in Savage Parks and Recreation?

Based on feedback from participants, registration numbers, and the evolving needs of the our community, Savage Recreation has modified some of the traditional summer activities as well as added new programs to better serve Savage residents.

New opportunities include:

  • Junior Instructors – youth ages 12-15 can work side by side with playground camp instructors to learn leadership, communication and job skills.
  • Playground Sampler – "pop up" crafts and activities will be offered each week at select parks around Savage
  • Adult Tennis – co-sponsored by Lifetime Fitness and Burnsville Recreation
  • Hands-on Horse Camp at Golden Ridge Stables, Learning Rx Brain Camp and more.

Savage residents can register online and in-office starting on Tuesday, April 5 at 8 a.m. Registration for non-residents opens Thursday, April 7. Questions regarding programs or online accounts may contact our office prior to registration day at 952-224-3420. Together we will explore, play, discover, and create!

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