Public Information

Building Permit Requirements


Fire Hydrant Clearance


OFD Outdoor Cooking Tips

Recreational Fire Requirements


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


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


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


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


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.

Meeting Room Use Policy


Information regarding the meeting rooms that are available to be used at the Owatonna Fire Department. 

To reserve a meeting room, fill out the Meeting Room Request Application form located on the last page of the policy and return it to the Fire Department.  You may also click here to submit your reservation request on-line.

Note:  The meeting rooms are only available to be used during normal business hours (M-F, 8 AM - 5 PM).  Please review the meeting room policy for details.