Below is a list of frequently asked questions related to the City Code, policies and ordinances.
How can I report a lost or missing animal?
Call the Eden Prairie Police Department at 952-949-6200 if your pet gets loose or runs away. Your pet will be entered into our "lost file" and every effort will be made to return it to you once it has been found. This information will be kept for 10 days, unless your pet is returned to you, or you request that it be kept longer. Unclaimed animals are brought to the Bloomington Animal Shelter, 9920 Logan Avenue. The shelter's number is 952-563-4942.
Wildlife is abundant in Eden Prairie and can cause problems for residents. Citizens are encouraged to report sick or injured animals to the Police Department. For complaints involving nuisance wildlife, contact a pest control agency. If you are interested in a live trap, contact the department's Animal Control Officers and they will assist you in determining if a live trap is necessary.
Eden Prairie has a barking dog ordinance. Dog owners shall not allow their dogs to unreasonably disturb the peace and quiet of any person in the vicinity. Specifically, dogs are not allowed to bark more than 30 times in a 10-minute time period. If you hear a dog barking excessively please call 911 and a Community Service or Animal Control Officer will respond. Click here for more information about Animal Control.
What should I do if an animal bite occurs?
If someone has sustained a serious injury, call 911 for police and medical response. All dog and cat bites, even if minor in nature, must be reported to the Police Department. This includes bites that happen to you, or a member of your family, by your own pet. Once you call, a Community Service or Animal Control Officer will advise you of the appropriate actions needed. Click here for more information about Animal Control.
Can I get an exemption from the City's Lawn Watering Restrictions if I have new landscaping?
30-day exemptions from the odd/even watering requirements are available for items such as new sod or landscaping.
Do I need a license to rent my home in Eden Prairie?
Yes, the City of Eden Prairie requires all rental property to be licensed and inspected annually to protect the public health, safety and welfare of its citizens.
For more information on rental licensing, inspections or codes, visit the Rental Housing Information page or contact the Eden Prairie Fire Prevention Bureau at 952-949-8497.
How can I obtain a fire or inspection report?
To obtain a copy of an Eden Prairie fire or inspection report, print a copy of the Document Request Form [PDF] and submit the completed form to:
Fire Department Admin
Eden Prairie Fire Department
14800 Scenic Heights Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
You may also submit a written request in the form of a letter to the above address. Please include as much information as possible in the request, such as the date, time, nature and location of the fire call or fire inspection.
Most requests can be processed within 14 days. If information is needed by a specific date, it should be indicated in the request and every effort will be made to meet the request.
How do I apply for a permit to do work in the City's right of way?
Submit an inquiry to the Engineering Division for permits related to utility installations, underground construction, placing of obstructions on City rights-of-way or public easements, and connections to existing City facilities.
Or call 952-949-8407 for more information.
How do I apply for an Administrative Land Division and/or Combination?
A Land Division and/or Combination may be used when two property owners wish to exchange small portions of property or a property owner wishes to split a portion of their property.
Where can I find information about dog licensing in Eden Prairie?
All dogs 6 months and older are required to be licensed with the City of Eden Prairie.
Dog licenses cost $20 and owners are required to show proof of rabies vaccination upon purchase. The licenses run on a calendar year and are issued for a two-year cycle. Licenses must be purchased at the City Center.
To request an application via mail, call 952-949-8300.
Where can I park a recreational vehicle (RV) on my property?
Parking or storing a recreational vehicle (RV) is permitted in the residential zoning district provided:
Not more than two RVs may be stored outside.
Recreational vehicles may not be more than 12 feet in height.
If RVs are parked in front of the house, they must be parked on a hardsurfaced driveway of asphalt or cement and must be at least 15 feet from the curb.
If RVs are parked in the rear or the side of a home they must be setback at least 10 feet from the side or rear lot line.
RVs parked outside for more than 14 days must be owned by the property owner.
RVs may not be used for living quarters or connected to water/sanitary sewer.
RVs must be legally registered.
No RV may be parked on any public street for more than 24 consecutive hours.
Your property may have private covenants or agreements which prohibit or limit the parking of RVs. This covenant or agreement would supersede the City regulations.
What ordinances apply to residential garage sales?
Eden Prairie city code allows for up to four garage sales in a 12-month period for no more than four days each. One temporary sign of not more than 6 square feet is allowed at the site of the garage sale, and two temporary directional signs of not more than 6 square feet are allowed off site. Signs may not be placed in the street right-of-way. For more information, see City Code Chapter 11.03, subd 3.L and 11.70, subd 3.Y.
What regulations apply to fences?
No permits are required for construction of fences. The maximum height for a fence is 7 feet. Fences may be located up to a property line. However if the fence is placed up to the lot line you may need to go on your neighbor’s property for installation, repairs or maintenance. The fence may be placed several feet away from your property line if you desire to have the area for maintenance purposes.
If a fence is placed on the corner of a lot that abuts an intersection or abuts a street – Public Right-of-Way – contact the Engineering Division at 952-949-8339 and request an appointment for a sight line distance review. The fence will need to be placed or setback to allow for safe views and not block pedestrian or vehicular views at an intersection.
It is suggested to have a copy of the property survey prior to fence installation to indicate locations of lot lines. The curb line is not the property line. The City has no architectural control standards for fences. Private covenants and restrictions through a homeowner's association may prohibit fences or indicate some architectural controls. Should the City or a public service utility have to enter a drainage and utility easement, the City or service utility may not be responsible for replacement of the fence in all cases.
A home business may occur in the Rural, Single Family or Multiple zoning districts provided the following code regulations are maintained:
A home business shall be conducted in a dwelling and shall be clearly incidental or secondary to the use of the structure as a dwelling.
No home business shall be conducted in an accessory structure or outbuilding.
No equipment or supplies associated with a home business shall be stored outside.
There shall be no external alteration of the dwelling in which the home business is conducted.
One sign of not more than 1 square foot is permitted which must be 10 feet from the property line. No off-site signs are permitted.
The home business shall be carried on only by members of a family residing in the dwelling and not more than one non-resident of the dwelling.
Not more than one truck of more than ¾-ton capacity associated with a home business and no semi-trailers may be stored on site.
What regulations apply to in-ground swimming pools?
Outdoor in-ground swimming pools are required to have a fence surrounding the pool of at least 4 feet in height and a maximum height of 6 feet. The fence must be located at least 4 feet from the pool’s edge. The bottom of the fence or wall around the pool shall be no higher than 4 inches above the surface of the ground.
Fence openings or points of entry to the pool area shall be equipped with self-closing and self-latching lockable gates. Temporary fences are required during construction if the pool is not yet secured in a fenced area.
What regulations apply to park land abutting my private property lines?
Vegetation cutting, clearing or planting, including mowing removing trees or shrubs; the disposal of yard waste or other vegetation including compost piles; and the placement of any irrigation system, landscaping plants, retaining walls or fencing, etc. on City property. For more information, see City Code Chapter 9.04.
What regulations apply to residential driveways?
In the residential R1 zoning districts all driveways must be cement or asphalt. The driveway must be at least 3 feet from a side lot line and shall not cross the extension of a property line to the curb line.
There is typically 10 to 12 feet from the back of the curb to your lot line. It is suggested a driveway not be placed in the drainage and utility easement of your property as utility lines including cable TV, electric, sewer, water and gas may be in the easement area.
No permit is required to install or replace a driveway unless a new curb cut is being created. Circular driveways with two street entrances are permitted provided there is no conflict at the street intersections. Crushed rock or stone is not a permitted driveway surface.
What regulations apply to residential setbacks?
Residential structures and accessory structures which include sheds, pools, outbuildings, play structures and gazebos, are subject to specific setbacks from a lot line based on the zoning district your property is located. All structure setbacks are taken from the property line. The setback from a front, rear or side yard may vary based on the zoning district in which your property in located.
To find out what your property is zoned and what the required setbacks are, contact the Planning Division during business hours at 952-949-8485.
The size of the fire must be limited to a three foot diameter and must be at least 25 feet from any building or combustible structure such as decks or fences. Only wood may be burned, with a minimum of one inch diameter. No brush, yard waste or treated wood may be burned. No rubbish can be burned at any time.
What regulations apply to the use of barbeque grills?
The City of Eden Prairie regulates the use of grills in multiple-family dwellings by ordinance. Whether you own or rent, if you live in a structure containing three or more dwelling units with at least two vertically stacked, the use of any fire or open flame is prohibited on any balcony above ground level, or on any ground level patio within 15 feet of the structure.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Eden Prairie Fire Prevention Bureau at 952-949-8556.
Can I have a garage sale sign?
One temporary garage sale sign of 6-square-feet may be place on the lot where the sale is occurring. Two off-site signs of 6-square-feet each may be placed on private property one day prior to the garage sale and removed one day after the garage sale. No sign shall be up for more than five days.
Signs may not be placed in public right-of-way. City crews may remove signs if placed in public right-of-way. It is suggested you request permission from the lot owner where a sign is to be placed. Signs may not be attached to utility poles, street sign posts, utility boxes or street light posts.
What regulations apply to temporary signs for selling or leasing properties?
Temporary Real Estate Sign Regulations
Two off-site signs may be placed on private property from 10 p.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. on Monday.
Signs may not be greater than 6 square feet. Maximum height for a sign is 6 feet.
Each sign shall have the name and telephone number of the owner of the sign.
A sign may not be placed more than 2 miles from the property being sold or leased.
Remember there is usually 10 feet from the back of the curb to a property line.
Signs placed in a public Right-of-Way may be removed by City crews.
Areas where sidewalks or trails exist, or close to street pole names/stop signs are public rights-of-way.
Where can I find information about campaign sign regulations?
What ordinances apply to storage containers for solid waste and recycling?
Storage containers for Single Family Dwellings, Multiple Family Dwellings or Commercial Establishments must be stored at least 20 feet from the property line. Storage containers stored within a front yard must be screened from the public street with an opaque fence or coniferous landscape material. Storage containers for Solid Waste, Recyclable Materials or Yard Waste may be set curbside 24 hours prior to the scheduled pickup. The storage containers must be removed from curbside within 24 hours after the scheduled pickup.
What ordinances apply to the storage of junk cars and recreational vehicles on private property?
It is unlawful to park or store any unlicensed, unregistered or inoperable motor vehicle, furniture, household furnishings or appliances, or parts or components thereof on any property, public or private, unless housed within a building.
What ordinances apply to the storage of yard waste?
All yard waste must be disposed of within one week unless it is being composted in an approved composting area/container.
Yard waste is solid waste generated from landscaping and lawn care activities, such as mowing, trimming, gardening or raking. Yard waste materials consist of grass clippings, twigs, tree and brush clippings, straw, pine needles, tree branches, soft garden waste and leaves.