Public Information

Building Permit Requirements

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Fire Hydrant Clearance

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OFD Outdoor Cooking Tips

Recreational Fire Requirements

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Recreational fires are allowed within the City of Owatonna.  These are the requirements for having a recreational fire at your home.  We recommend being aware of strong winds and wind directions when deciding to have a recreational fire. 

Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements

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The 2006 legislative session passed a new carbon monoxide (CO) law (Minn. Stat. § 299F.50) requiring CO alarms in all single-family homes and multifamily apartment units. Every single-family dwelling and every multifamily dwelling unit shall be provided with an approved and fully operational carbon monoxide alarm.  Additional information in document.

Home Safety Checklist

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Use this checklist to do a home safety audit on your house.  A home safety audit gives you an opportunity to eliminate safety problems and make corrections before an emergency occurs .

Rental Property Inspection Checklist

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This checklist contains the items that the inspectors are looking at while conducting the inspection.  The main categories are: Fire Department Information and Access; Utilities, Housekeeping, Storage of Flammable & Combustible Materials; Electrical Equipment and Wiring; Exit Features; Fire Alarm and Smoke or Heat Detectors; Fire Extinguishing Equipment and Systems; Fire Separations and Fire Door Maintenance; Interior and Exterior Areas. 

NOTE:  The inspectors require working smoke detectors installed in all bedrooms and a working carbon monoxide detector installed within 10 feet of the sleeping areas.  This is a very common violation - please make sure this is taken care of prior to the inspection.

Rental Housing License Program Brochure

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This brochure explains the Rental Property Licensing Program in the City of Owatonna.  Within the brochure is the following information: How the Program Works; Current Fee Schedule; Disorderly Use Ordinance; and Crime Free Housing.