Can I apply and pay for permits online with a credit card?
Yes, ePermits are available for many common residential projects. For projects requiring plan review, our building, mechanical and plumbing permits are in PDF format on our website and can be emailed to email@example.com. We do not accept credit card payments over the phone or via fax. Please contact the Building Inspections Department at 952-882-2650 if you have any questions.
Do I need a building permit to put up a fence?
A building permit is only required for certain types of fences. Please refer to the fence handout for specific 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.
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.
Does your department handle electrical 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.
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.
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.
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.
The City does not have a surveyor on staff and cannot survey property; a land surveyor registered with the State of Minnesota is required. The city has some certificate of surveys on file from original construction. Please check with the Building Inspections Department to see if the original survey is on file for your property.
How do I get my escrow released?
Once the as-built survey, sod and trees have been approved, the escrow will be released to whomever paid the escrow to the City. If you are not sure of the status of your as-built, please call your builder.
Is my neighbor allowed to direct their sump pump discharge pipe towards my property?
A drainage easement runs along a line between your property and your neighbor's property. As long as the pipe does not cross the property line, your neighbor is allowed to direct the discharge in that direction. You may want to work with your neighbor to move the pipe around in different places to change the location of discharge from time to time.
What is an "as-built survey" and why does the City need one?
An as-built survey is a survey that the builder submits after the rough grade is completed on a lot. It is reviewed to ensure that the City's minimum grading requirements are met and that the property conforms to the adjacent properties.
The as-built survey must be approved before any further work may be done on the property. Check with your builder to make sure an as-built survey has been submitted to the City for approval. Sod, irrigation systems, and landscape materials may not be installed until the as-built survey is approved. This typically takes two weeks from the time it is submitted to the City.
What kind of Maps are available from the City?
A variety of city maps are located on the city website and are available at city hall.
When can I lay sod?
Sod may be laid after the City approves the as-built survey. This typically takes two weeks from the time the as-built is submitted to the City. Check with your builder to make sure an as-built survey has been submitted to the City for approval.
When can I put a sprinkler system in?
Check with your builder to make sure an as-built survey has been submitted to the City for approval. You can install a sprinkler system after the as-built survey has been approved by the City's grading inspector, and you have received a building permit from the Building Inspections Department.
Where do I pay for Right-Of-Way (ROW) Permits?
You can pay for your ROW Permit online.
Who comes out and inspects my lot for proper grading?
The majority of as-built surveys are reviewed in the office only. However, if there is an area of concern, an inspector may visit the property.
Why are there paint markings or flags in my yard? What do they mean?
These markings or flags indicate where excavation will occur. Contact Gopher State One Call (GSOC) at 651-454-0002 before starting any excavation project. Whether the project is large or small, if you are using machine-powered equipment or just a shovel and rake to plant a garden, get your work area marked. Contacting GSOC in advance helps you and your loved ones dig safely while avoiding costly damages to underground facilities. For more information about types of tickets and ticket response codes, please go to our ticketing page.
White: Area of proposed excavation
Pink: Temporary survey markings
Yellow: Gas, oil, steam, propane
Orange: Communication, CATV, fiber
Purple: Reclaimed water, irrigation
Can I defer the assessment?
City policy allows deferred payment of special assessments for any homestead property owned by a person 65 years of age or older or retired due to a permanent and total disability for which it would be a hardship to make the payments. The policy determines your eligibility based on income and property value limits. A deferment is good for 1 year and must be reapplied for every year by September 1.
A deferment does not reduce or forgive the amount owed, rather it postpones the payment. During the deferment, interest will accrue on the unpaid amount at the annual interest rate. The assessment plus interest will become due when you no longer qualify for the deferral.
If you are interested in learning about the income, property value and other qualifying requirements for a deferral, contact the Finance Director at 952-882-2691. The policy and an application will be sent to you.
How much is my assessment?
The amount of the assessment charged is based on the type of improvement. The City’s fee schedule, which is adopted each year, lists assessed amounts for common improvements such as a mill and overlay as well as full depth mill and overlay.
I don't agree with the assessed market value of my property. Who can I call?
An average valued home of $275,992 pays approximately $1,268 annually in city taxes. This equates to $3.47 per day. In return, residents receive police and fire protection, street plowing and maintenance, park facilities, and many other services.
What is the term of my assessment?
The assessment is payable over a number of years determined by the type of improvement. The interest rate will be the municipal bond rate at the time of the bond sale in the market plus two percent. For a mill and overlay, the assessment is payable over a five (5) year period. For full depth mill and overlay, the assessment is payable over a fifteen (15) year period.
When is the assessment placed on my property?
A pending assessment is placed on your property once the project is ordered by the City Council. Assessments are then adopted by City Council after substantial completion of the project.
Do I need to clean my smoke alarms?
Smoke alarms should be cleaned once or twice per year. You can do this with the brush attachment to your vacuum cleaner or with canned air.
Note: The alarm may sound when you are cleaning it.
How often should I check my smoke alarms?
Smoke alarms should be checked monthly. For more information on smoke alarms, please go to the Smoke Alarm page.
Is there anything that can be done, ahead of time, to help make the process after a fire any easier?
Yes. Having a fire in ones home is a devastating thing, however, there are things that can be done ahead of time to make the process a little easier.
Take a personnel inventory of all of your families belongings.
Make more than one copy, keep one in a fireproof safe and one with at least one other family member or friend, outside your home.
Try to keep receipts for some of the more expensive items.
Talk with your insurance company to find out what other information they might in the event of a fire.
My smoke alarm light is glowing, do I still need to test it?
Smoke alarms have a normal life expectancy of 10 years. If you are getting false alarms from your detector, it may need to be replaced. When having problems with your alarm, always remember to check the battery. A 'chirping' sound typically means that the battery should be replaced.
Should I clean wood-burning fireplaces or stove chimneys to help prevent chimney fires?
Yes. Professional chimney sweeps advise that chimneys be cleaned when the creosote has built up to 1/8" to 1/4". This will help prevent chimney fires.
Remember: The fireplace or wood stove is not an incinerator. Do not burn trash or large amounts of paper, especially gift-wrap. The temperature can produce damage to your fireplace or chimney.
What appliances produce carbon monoxide (CO)?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can be produced by improperly operating fuel-burning appliances (natural gas, LP gas, fuel oil, kerosene, wood). CO can be deadly! All fuel burning appliances, such as furnaces and water heaters, should be serviced yearly. Every dwelling unit should have a carbon monoxide detector. More information on Carbon Monoxide.
What is the best way to display my address number?
Address numbers are very important to emergency responder's. Having address numbers visible is not only required, but will help emergency personnel find your house. The numbers should be reflective or a color that contrasts with the house. They should be near a light to help make them visible. Don't place them on the garage door as the door may be raised when the numbers are needed. All numbers should be visible from the street.
When can electric extension cords replace permanent wiring?
Extension cords may only be used with portable appliances. They may not be used as a substitute for permanent wiring.
When doing home refinishing projects, how should I dispose of rags used for staining?
Some stains are capable of creating enough heat to start a fire as they dry. This is commonly known as spontaneous combustion. Avoid storing the wet rag in a pile. The rags should be laid flat or hung to air dry. You can also store them in a metal container that has a tight fitting lid, then store the metal container outside away from any other combustibles. They can then be disposed of when completely dry.
When I clean the ash from my fireplace or fire pit, is it necessary to put them in a metal container?
Yes. The Fire Department responds to 2 to 4 house fires every year because a homeowner has cleaned their fireplace, wood stove, or fire pit and placed the ashes in a paper bag. Ashes can stay hot enough to start a fire for up to seven days.
Note: Place your ashes in a metal container and leave them outside until you know they are cold (at least seven days). If you dispose of the ashes in the trash, put them in the trash only after the seven days and then only when your can has been moved to the curb for pickup.
Parks & Recreation
Am I able to bring in my own wine, beer, or liquor?
Yes, you may bring in alcoholic beverages, including kegs of beer, but you cannot sell it unless you have a valid temporary on-sale license for beer and/or wine. You can apply for this type of license from the City of Savage. No glass is allowed on the outdoor patio.
Are there cooking facilities on site at the ELC?
The facility is set up for catered or potluck type of events. There is no cooking equipment at the ELC. There is a small refrigerator onsite.
Can I bring in outside entertainment?
Yes, however please note that if they are playing music outside, they must conclude by 10 p.m.
Can I bring my own food?
Anything from family potluck to full catering is allowed at the McColl Pond ELC. All caterers must be registered with the MN Department of Health. If you hire a caterer who is not on the Vendors and Caterers list, an emergency contact form needs to be completed by the caterer and faxed to Savage Parks and Recreation at 952-224-3430.
Does my reservation time include set-up and clean-up time?
Your reservation does include two additional hours (7-9 p.m.) for set up or a groom’s dinner the night before your event, or you can use this time to clean up the next morning (8-10 a.m.). All subject to availability. Some restrictions may apply.
Is smoking tobacco allowed on site?
All City facilities are tobacco-free. There is a designated smoking area at the east side of the back parking lot, identified by signage.
Is there a staff person at the facility during my event?
One to two staff members may be on site for assistance during your event.
What are renters clean-up responsibilities?
You will be given a Check-out List
All garbage needs to be gathered and taken out to the garbage shed structure on the north side of the facility. Renter does not need to do anything with outdoor patio trash.
Clean tables and chairs and return to storage closet.
Sweep and mop floors as needed. Cleaning supplies are included and are on site.
Bathrooms should be wiped down and garbage removed.
The renter will receive a complete checkout list along with the key.
Where do I pick up/drop off the key?
The renter is responsible for picking up the key from the Parks and Recreation office at the Public Works building at 13770 Dakota Ave., during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. For weekend events, keys will need to be picked up the Friday before unless other arrangements are made.
Will there be any other events going on during my event?
There will not be anyone else using space at the McColl Pond ELC, however there may be other activities or events happening within the Savage Community Park. These will not interfere with your event, and there is a designated parking area directly in front of the ELC for guests to park.
A traffic signal or street light is out. Who do I call?
If a traffic signal is out, contact Scott County Dispatch at 952-445-1411. If a street light is out, contact Savage Public Works at 952-224-3400.
Can citizens do a ride-along with an officer in the squad car?
Yes, with certain conditions. If you meet all the conditions, contact the Savage Police Department at 952-882-2600 for an application. The application will be reviewed and you will be contacted when your ride-along will occur.
Can I have a fire in my backyard?
Yes. Please obtain a Recreational Fire Permit before burning. Permits can be found online or at City Hall, 6000 McColl Drive.
How do I contact the Police Department after hours?
Scott County Central Dispatch Non-emergency: 952-882-2600
Only call 9-1-1 when immediate police assistance is required; such as for assaults, kidnapping, burglaries, domestic disputes, or auto accidents with injuries. When calling 9-1-1 be prepared to give an address, cross streets or notable landmarks. Answer all questions completely but as briefly as possible. Stay on the line until the operator terminates the call. If the situation changes before help arrives, call 9-1-1 again and update the operator.
Call 952-445-1411 to report incidents that do not require immediate police assistance. This non-emergency line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to report issues such as a loose animal, theft from a motor vehicle, damage to property, violation of visitation rights, stolen checks, loud parties, solicitors without a license or past incidences of graffiti.
Residents who wish to provide anonymous tips to law enforcement about past unsolved crime incidents may contact Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online, or with the P3 Tips App. In addition to staying anonymous, persons giving tips may be eligible to collect up to $1,000 in reward.
I locked my keys in my vehicle.
The Savage Police Department will respond to vehicle lock-outs if it is an emergency situation. If a non-emergency situation, you need to contact a locksmith or full-service gas station.
I need to have fingerprints taken.
The Savage Police Department does not have the facilities to do fingerprinting. Please contact the Scott County Jail at 952-496-8314.
I smell gas. Who should I call?
Leave the area immediately. Do not use electric switches, telephones, cell phones, vehicles or use anything that will create a spark. Once safely away from the area, call CenterPoint Energy Emergency Gas Leak Hotline at 1-800-296-9815 and call 911 to report the location and description of the leak. Never try to repair a gas leak. Leave all repairs to a trained technician.
Where can I renew my drivers license or get new license plates?
The Prior Lake License Bureau
14033 Commerce Ave. NE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Who do I call when emergency sirens are sounding?
You do not need to call anyone. The sirens are sounding because of severe weather and you should immediately seek shelter. Please be aware, the sirens are tested on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 1:00 p.m.
Water & Sewer
Occasionally your water system may experience hard water or calcium deposits in your sink basins, shower tiles, or on the faucets. These mineral deposits, although harmless, will build up over time leaving a hard scale substance. These deposits can be cleaned off with a mild scouring pad and vinegar, Lime Away, Simple Green, CLR or other products sold at local retail stores. Follow label directions for best results.
How do I flush my plumbing?
The City of Savage recommends flushing out the home plumbing twice per year, or when water is discolored or carries an unpleasant odor. Please use the following steps:
If the home has a water softener, bypass it temporarily.
Remove any filters on the end of your faucets, if possible.
Open all cold-water faucets and let run for 5 minutes.
Following the above steps will result in removal of loose sediment from your water system and ensures high quality, fresh water for your home or business.
My usage seems high this month, why?
Several things can increase your usage in a month. Here are some to keep in mind:
Some water softeners use between 200 - 400 gallons each time they are set to regenerate. A water softener should regenerate approximately every other week for a family of four. Warmer weather means more showers, baths, and outside water usage. Holidays - keep in mind extra guests means more water used!
Possible leaks - toilet, sink or outside faucet.
What hardness is the City water?
Water from the Savage Water Treatment plant is on the average 19 grains hard. Another way to express this is 317 parts per million of total hardness measured as CaCo3. This is moderately hard water.
What is stormwater?
Stormwater is water that comes from rain or melting snow. This runoff can flow over land or impervious surfaces, such as building rooftops, paved streets and parking lots, and does not soak into the ground. As the runoff flows, it can pick up various pollutants, including trash, chemicals, oils and dirt/sediment that can harm our streams and lakes. To help protect these waterbodies, state and federal rules and regulations have been established to help manage stormwater.
What is the benefit of ponds and wetlands in residential areas?
Ponds treat and manage a portion of the community's storm water. Primarily, this is the runoff from your yard and your neighbors' yards and the associated streets and sidewalks. One of the City’s requirements is the maintenance of a 17-foot buffer around the pond. This buffer is an area around the pond that contains native, low or no-maintenance vegetation that protects and improves the ability of the pond to treat stormwater. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to not impact the 17-foot buffer. This includes mowing or otherwise modifying the buffer vegetation. Also prohibited is the planting of new vegetation or placement of permanent or temporary fixtures. If you have a wetland on your property, the buffer could be greater than 17 feet.
Why is my yard so wet?
Especially, but not only in the springtime, soil can still be partially frozen from the winter. This frozen soil does not allow surface water to take its natural path down into the groundwater. As the temperatures warm and the soils thaw, surface water will migrate downward to replenish needed water supplies and feed plants. Additional causes of wet yards include shady conditions, rain gutters and sumps discharging into low or flat areas, and filling or otherwise blocking the intended flow of surface water.
Why is the pond behind my house so green and covered with floating vegetation?
Ponds with limited flushing of water in and out of them can grow large amounts of algae and other water plants. Most of this plant growth dies off in the winter, but the growth is often accelerated in urban environments due to the excess fertilizers that are flushed into the ponds. The same fertilizer that makes your lawn green will also accelerate the plant growth in the ponds. If water can flow directly from your yard into the pond, the required pond buffer strip identified above can intercept most of these contaminants before they get to the pond.