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If you'd like to see a site plan, call the contractor and request to see the design. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
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View permit information. Once you enter the address and get a result, click on the permit number to review the permit details. Note, some steps, like tree clearing, reclamation, etc., do not require permits.
Ask to see a copy of the land survey for the new construction site. A land survey is performed for the purpose of locating, describing, monumenting and mapping the boundaries and corners of a parcel of land. It may also include mapping of the topography of the parcel, and the location of buildings or other improvements on the parcel. A land survey would define the dimensions of the lot and show whether any of the property is encroaching upon an adjacent parcel.
Compare the survey to the stakes that the surveyor placed in the ground. If the survey looks incorrect, you have the right to hire, at your cost, your own land surveyor to confirm that the property lines have been marked correctly. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
Prior to beginning any permitted work on the site, a contractor must install a sign identifying the contractor's company name, contact information, the address of the project, and a contact number for the City of Edina to report problems. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
Once you know the name of the contractor, do some online research. What other houses have they built? What features are commonly seen in the developer's residential projects? What have its clients said about them? What about neighbors of those projects?
The State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has the authority to license and regulate building contractors and remodelers. Are there any licensing actions or complaints that have been filed against this builder with the State of Minnesota Department of Labor? Check the status of a license.
For a demolition permit, at least 15 days before demolition occurs, the permit holder must provide written notification to all property owners within 300 feet of the demolition site notifying the property owners of a proposed demolition and invite them to a neighborhood meeting. The neighborhood meeting must be held at least five days for demolition begins.
Attending this meeting is highly recommended. Topics discussed may include hours of operation, construction schedule (demolition, excavation, deliveries, concrete work and completion date), storm water and erosion control, noise mitigation, dust control, equipment, etc.
Bring a list of questions you want to ask. For example, How can work be coordinated so that trucks don't block the street any more than necessary? Who is going to take responsibility for shoveling the snow from the sidewalk?
Make sure that whatever information is communicated to the neighbors is also being communicated to the subcontractors. Has the contractor conveyed pertinent information and laws to its subcontractors? For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
In the event of damage to your property that may be caused by the nearby construction activity, it is in your best interest to have evidence showing how your property looked before the construction began.
Photograph "before" conditions in the exterior and interior of your home. Include photos of the area between your home and your neighbor's home that is being reconstructed. If you can show where the water flows during a rainstorm, even better. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
Construction management issues can be temporary nuisances or permanent conditions. This guide can assist in instructing you how to report any issues that require follow up from City officials.
File a complaint regarding a residential demolition or new construction site
For demolition and construction of a new single family home: Deliveries of equipment and material to the site, work crews on site and construction and demolition activity are prohibited except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Work is prohibited on Sundays and holidays (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas). Edina City Code Chapter 10, Article IV
For all other construction-related projects: No person shall engage in or permit construction and repair activities involving the use of any kind of electric, diesel or gas-powered motor vehicles or machine or other power equipment, audible beyond the property line of the property where the activity is occurring, except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Edina City Code Chapter 23, Article II, Division 5, Sec. 23-124
The City recommends that if a neighbor is disrupted by construction noise outside of allowable hours, contact the Edina Police Department's non-emergency line at 952-826-1600.
Should an issue arise, contact the contractor directly to express your complaint or concern. More often than not, an issue can be resolved this way.
If you do not wish to confront a subcontractor directly on-site, call the contractor's contact information that is posted on the sign at the construction site. The contractor must also accept responsibility for the action of its subcontractors.
If the contractor is not resolving the issue and you would like to determine if your concern can be resolved by enforcement of City Code, please call the Residential Redevelopment Coordinator at 952-833-9521 or fill out the online complaint form.
If you experience property damage that you know or suspect was caused by construction activities, contact an attorney for assistance. Disputes between private contractors and property owners are civil matters and the City generally does not intervene in private disputes. Again, be sure to document everything inside and outside of your property, as well as any conversations.
In certain cases (particularly those involving personal safety), it may be appropriate to contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, which may intervene in cases related to consumer protection.