Code Enforcement

Property Maintenance Reference Guide

The city of New Hope Property Maintenance Reference Guide is intended to summarize minimum maintenance requirements and standards required for premises, structures, equipment, and facilities located within the city. It addresses common violations of city ordinances and frequently asked questions.

Administrative Fines Enforcement Program

The city of New Hope Administrative Fines Enforcement Program was adopted in 2009. Administrative enforcement of city ordinances starts when a city inspector writes an Administrative Notice to the property owner where the violation exists. The notice includes information regarding the type of violation, the location of the violation, the correction required and the compliance date for the correction. If the property owner does not correct the violation(s) within seven calendar days (plus an additional three days when notice is delivered by mail), an administrative citation will be issued. The property owner has seven calendar days (plus an additional three days when notice is delivered by mail) to do one of the following:
  1. Pay the scheduled fine and correct the violation(s);
  2. Request an administrative hearing;
  3. Have the city citation converted to a Hennepin County citation and proceed through the Hennepin County Court System process.

If the same property and property owner are charged with a subsequent violation within a 12-month period for the same, or substantially similar offense, the fine is increased by 100%.

If the city does not receive a request for an administrative hearing within seven days or payment of the fine within 30 days from when it was issued, the scheduled fine will increase by 40% and will be added to the original fine. At this time the city will send an invoice for the total amount unpaid. If unpaid, the total bill will be certified to your property taxes and all city licenses will be revoked.

Report a Violation

Property maintenance violations can be reported below or by contacting the Inspections Division at 763-531-5127.