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In general, a permit is required for most construction projects where something is being built, repaired, replaced, or remodeled. The best way to find out if you need a permit is to contact Building Inspections at (507) 507-3004. Discuss your plans with an inspector before you begin construction to determine needed permits. Permits are usually required for the following: New Buildings; Additions (bedroom, bathroom, basement finish, family room); Residential Work (deck, porch, garage, fence, fireplace, pool, water heater, water softener, furnace replacement); Renovations (garage conversion, basement finish, kitchen expansion, siding, roofing); Electrical; Plumbing Systems; HVAC/Mechanical Systems (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems).
Building or Remodeling
Electrical Inspections in Northfield are performed by the State of Minnesota. For information contact: Randy Edel, State Electrical Inspector , at 507-334-3748.
Electrical Permit and Inspection Checklist information can be found at the following website. Construction Handouts
Building Permit Applications
Building or Remodel
MN Department of Labor and Industry
Accessory Structure Requirements
Property information can be obtained from the Rice County and Dakota County websites. Property Line Information
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The Northfield Police Department is asking citizens to help reduce theft from vehicles by taking these prevention measures:
Always lock your vehicle doors even in your own driveway. Do not leave valuables in your car. Lock them in your trunk or take them inside. If you have a garage, use it, and keep it locked. Always park in a well-lighted area. Never leave keys in your vehicle. Report thefts and any suspicious activity immediately to the police by calling 9-1-1.
Remember that Crime affects everyone. By working together we can reduce crime in our community!
- Appointment hours are Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Days and times are subject to change; holidays, etc. -You must bring a government-issued photo ID (Driver's License, State ID Card or passport). - If you were given a Fingerprint card from the agency requiring your fingerprints, do not fill anything in on the card. Bring it with you and it will be completed at the time of the appointment. - Keep the card flat - no bends or wrinkles. - Our fingerprint process is digital. Ink prints are by special request only and must be pre-arranged. - You will be asked to remove all rings from your fingers. - There is a $25.00 charge for fingerprints. The $25.00 must be paid in cash or by check payable to the City of Northfield. - Contact Evidence Technician Lynn James at 663-9319 to make an appointment.
Awareness of the sirens and what they mean is a critical piece to gaining knowledge of the emergency incident. First of all, sirens are only meant to be heard outdoors where people may not have access to media outlets such as TV, radio and NOAA weather radios.
If people are indoors, they need to rely on those media sources to get information about the current situation be it weather or some other emergency. The sirens indicate that something is happening that the public needs to be aware of. It is the public’s responsibility to find out what action they need to take. We should not assume that sirens only sound for weather events and on each Wednesday of the month.
How do I know when the event is over?In a weather event, the National Weather Service (NWS) issues watches and warnings with an expiration time. The NWS can choose to cancel, extend or let the watch/warning expire. In the event the watch/warning is extended, a new expiration time will be included in the information.
In a non-weather event, information about the event and instructions would be available through local media outlets.
There is no “All Clear” siren or signal. In a weather event when a watch/warning expires, you must determine based on observations and information if it is safe to leave your place of shelter.
How is it determined if the sirens are activated?The National Weather Service, trained Skywarn Spotters or any local public safety official determines if there is a weather threat, and if sirens should be activated. Sirens will be activated in the case of a Tornado Warning – either radar indicated or reports from trained spotters. If high winds are reported – typically exceeding the severe thunderstorm warning threshold of 58 MPH or greater the sirens may be activated.In the case of non-weather emergencies local public safety officials determine the need to activate the outdoor warning system.
Who sounds the sirens?Pearl Street 911 Dispatch Center (dispatches public safety for Rice and Steele County including Northfield) has the primary responsibility to sound all sirens in the county. Pearl Street has overall operations policies and guidelines which provide direction and guidance for warning system activation. Northfield Emergency Operations can also activate the local outdoor warning system if needed.
Siren TestingSirens within the City of Northfield are tested on a weekly basis year round to maintain readiness.
On the First (1st) Wednesday of each month, at approximately 1:00 PM, sirens will activate and reach full volume. Two siren tones are tested steady and wail. The monthly test lasts approximately 5-8 minutes. This first Wednesday of the month test is initialized by the Pearl Street 911 Dispatch Center.
On the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM, a “growl test” is performed. During a "growl test," the siren is sounded at a very low volume to ensure it and all the associated hardware and monitoring equipment is in working order. People in close proximity to the siren will probably hear the growl test and see the siren rotate. The sirens will not reach full volume during a “growl test.” Total test time is approximately 15-30 seconds with the siren sounding for approximately 2 seconds. These tests are initialized locally, not from Pearl Street 911 Dispatch.
Siren testing may be postponed or canceled if severe weather conditions are currently present or imminent in the area.The City of Northfield has a plan for notifying citizens of critical situations affecting the community, such as severe weather conditions, bio-terrorism attacks, evacuation orders, boil-water notices and missing child reports.
Alerts will be broadcast via an outdoor siren warning system, local media outlets and as an alert on the City’s web site.
Northfield lies in two counties. If you receive a Rice County citation, you must go to the Rice County Courthouse in Faribault, Minnesota. If you receive a Dakota County citation, you must travel to one of the Dakota County facilities. The county seat in Dakota County is Hastings, Minnesota. The county identification will be displayed in the area where the court date and court house location is listed on the citation.