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A building permit is required for:
A building permit is not required for the following:
No, your renewal notice states that your tabs are due on the last day of the month. You can get a ticket on the 1st day of the following month (Minnesota Statue 168.017 Subdivision 2).
The cost varies based on the vehicle.
Yes, we need your insurance company name, policy number and expiration date of the policy. It's a law that you must have your insurance information in your vehicle.
If you are the registered owner or the spouse of the owner, you only need to bring in your vehicle's plate number and we can print your bill at the office. You will need to bring in your driver's license too.
Due to data privacy laws, you will either need the renewal notice or a written permission note. The note must indicate the year, make, plate and insurance information. The note must be signed by the owner. If more than one owner, only one signature is required. The owner must indicate who they are giving permission to, their driver’s license number and telephone number.
If you are a spouse not on the title without the renewal form, you must have the same address.
No, state law says if you drive your car one day of the year, you must pay the full year's registration.
No, the state will not recognize a transfer until it is done on the title. You must first apply for a duplicate title. Once you receive it, all parties must sign in the appropriate places.
You should bring the lien card into our office, along with your title, and we will send both into the state. You will receive a clean title back. There is a fee of $11 to do this.
You will need either your out-of-state title or registration. If you have a loan on your vehicle, you will also need your loan and insurance information.
For passenger vehicles, you must be 17 and have a valid driver's license. You will want to check with your insurance company, as some insurance companies will not insure a vehicle if a minor is listed on the title.
Visit Minnesota's Driver Vehicle Services website.
Drainage and utility easements allow the City of Monticello and utility companies (i.e. gas, phone, and electric) to access a portion of each property for the purpose of providing services and adequate draining.
Modifying ground elevations or grade within any drainage and utility easement is not allowed. Easements are used to direct stormwater runoff away from other homes and into ponds and storage areas before entering the city's storm sewer system. Even slight modifications in grade can cause significant changes in drainage patterns.
The following permanent infrastructure is prohibited:
Monticello will work with property owners in certain circumstances to allow permanent infrastructure within a drainage and utility easement. In such a case, a property owner signs an encroachment agreement acknowledging the city may need to complete future work within the easement area which may cause the infrastructure to be damaged or removed. The property owner is responsible for any repairs or replacement.
Conservation easements are primarily used to protect clean water resources, including stormwater ponds and water infiltration areas. They also provide a waterfowl habitat and prevent waterfowl from entering your lawn.
The areas are primarily owned by the underlying property owner, however, conservation easements restrict real estate development, commercial and industrial uses, and certain other activities.
Drainage and Utility Easements allow the City of Monticello and utility companies (i.e. gas, phone, and electric) to access a portion of each property for the purpose of providing utilities and for providing adequate draining.
Modifying ground elevations or grades within any Drainage and Utility Easement is not allowed. Easements are used to direct stormwater runoff away from other homes and into ponds and storage areas before entering the City's storm sewer system. Even slight modifications in grade can cause significant changes in drainage patterns.
The following permanent infrastructure is prohibited;
The City of Monticello will work with property owners in certain circumstances to allow permanent infrastructure within a drainage and utility easement. In such a case, a property owner signs an encroachment agreement acknowledging that in the future the city may need to complete work within the easement area that may cause the infrastructure to be damaged or removed, and the property owner is responsible for any repairs or replacement.
A local option sales tax (L.O.S.T.) is simply a sales tax that is collected within the geographic boundaries of a city or county. Local option sales taxes apply to the same items and services as the general state sales tax. Items exempt from regular state sales tax are also exempt from the local option sales tax including many essential items such as groceries, prescription and over-the-counter medications, baby products and clothing. Complete list of non-taxable items from Minnesota Department of Revenue.
Local governments in Minnesota use the local option sales tax to fund capital projects such as public buildings, libraries, parks, and other amenities.
Yes and no. Cities can explore creating and collecting L.O.S.T. but the process to do so is defined by state law. Before L.O.S.T. can be collected, it must receive approval from the state legislature, the local governing body (i.e. the City Council or County Board of Commissioners), AND the voters via a ballot referendum.
Monticello’s City Council has identified two large-scale projects that they feel have a regional significance to our area: The Pointes at Cedar, and the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park and Athletic Complex. The City has identified the local option sales tax as a way to alleviate the financial costs on local taxpayers and utilize the many visitors we have engaging, shopping and recreating within our community.
The proposed L.O.S.T would be one-half of one percent (0.5%), or $.50 on every $100 of taxable purchases for 20 years. This would generate an estimated $30 million in funding. State law requires the tax to automatically sunset once funds required for the projects are collected, or the proposed 20 years (pending approved legislation), whichever occurs first.
Both projects are already included in The Monticello 2040 Community Vision + Comprehensive Plan, and are included in the City's annual budgeting process. If the voters do not support the local option sales tax, City Council will continue to plan and budget for the two proposed projects utilizing the City's existing financial resources.
The L.O.S.T. will be considered by the State Legislature during its session in 2023. If approved, the City Council would adopt a resolution accepting the new law, and there will be questions on the ballot, one for each proposed project, at the next general election of the city, which is in November 2024. If approved by the voters, the City Council would pass an ordinance imposing the tax and notify the Minnesota Department of Revenue at least 90 days prior to the calendar quarter in which the tax will begin to be collected.
The City trims trees for more reasons than you may think:
After being trimmed, a tree might look rather bare. Trees are typically trimmed high to provide for public safety. Don't worry, it will begin to look normal during the next growing season with a healthier and more attractive form and structure.
The Boulevard Tree Trimming page shows the appropriate tree clearance over streets and sidewalks.
Summer months and late winter or dormant season is the "best" time to prune.
During the late winter months (February and March), harmful pathogens are at a minimum, mostly inactive; therefore, this is a safe pruning environment from that standpoint. During this season, deciduous trees have hardened off and when the growing season begins the wounds will be sealed and the callusing process will begin.
City staff are working with the Minnesota Department of Health and other experts to pursue effective short and long-term options to reduce manganese levels. The city has already taken initial steps to reduce manganese in drinking water by limiting the use of wells with higher levels. In addition, a water treatment facility is in the City's Capital Improvement Plan as a future project. Staff is researching the best timing and financing for this infrastructure improvement.
There are several options for filtering manganese out of your drinking water. Certain types of home water treatment devices remove or reduce manganese:
Helpful information about these options is available in this Minnesota Department of Health Handout (PDF).
Streetlights in Monticello are either owned by Xcel Energy or Wright Hennepin Electric. If you notice a streetlight out in your neighborhood, please notify your electric service provider of the problem.