Property Maintenance

The Property Maintenance Code for one- and two-family homes requires that the exteriors of all buildings and structures be kept in good repair. The Code also requires properties to remain clean and sanitary.

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+ Property Maintenance Code

Golden Valley's Property Maintenance Code City Code Chapter 103-9 serves to:

  • establish and uphold standards for public health, safety, welfare, and basic livability
  • encourage proper home maintenance
  • preserve and enhance community value
  • promote communication between residents and the City

The code was developed based on citizen input gathered through public surveys, meetings, and online feedback. It applies to multiple-dwelling properties and one- and two-family homes and stresses a common-sense approach to maintenance. It also helps actively maintain the vitality and integrity of the City's housing stock and achieve a number of community goals.

Goal: Stable Residential Neighborhoods

By staying on top of maintenance issues, residents can preserve and enhance their investment in their property, which benefits them personally and the community as a whole. A property maintenance code will help:

  • protect against deteriorating housing
  • address minor defects
  • help prevent major condition defects that can be unsightly, unsafe, and can impact neighboring properties

Goal: Objective Minimum Exterior Standards

Inspectors address outdoor maintenance problems they spot while evaluating Golden Valley neighborhoods. The goal is to encourage people to find and fix maintenance concerns well before they become costly for homeowners or lead to neighbor complaints. Some examples include exterior:

  • walls
  • roofs
  • gutters
  • decks doors
  • windows

Goal: Provide City Staff a Tool to Manage Property Maintenance Complaints

City inspectors are willing to come to your home to answer any questions you may have about your property. If a property is out of compliance according to the City ordinance, inspectors will work with the responsible party to understand options and make corrections. Those who receive violations have a designated time to fix the problem and will pay fines if they don't comply.

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+ Underground Utility Maintenance

underground utility diagram

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You are responsible for maintaining the all of utilities under your yard and corresponding right-of-way.

Routine Maintenance and Preventing Backups

Property owners are responsible for cleaning, maintaining, and repairing their sewer service (from their homes or businesses to the sewer main), including the connection at the main (see illustration at right).

Property owners are also responsible for making sure sump pumps, foundation drains, and roof gutter downspouts are not connected to the sanitary sewer system (see inflow & infiltration).

Many sewer problems can be avoided through regular maintenance. If you have your sewer service cleaned and had roots removed, please notify the Public Works Department at 763-593-8030. Roots often travel downstream to a manhole where they can cause a back-up to the main line.

The number one way to avoid sewer backups is by simply watching what you put down the drains. Pipes are like arteries. Grease, soap residue, and non-flushables build up over time and lead to clogs. If you’ve had a history of backups, a routine sewer cleaning is recommended. In any case, a sewer check-up once every two years doesn’t hurt. Think of it as a seweroscopy.

What To Do About Sewer Backups

Because of the City’s regular maintenance program, only a small percentage of sewer backups in Golden Valley are caused by problems in City sewer lines (such as tree roots growing into the sewer). The City of Golden Valley is not responsible or liable for a sewer blockage unless there is a clear demonstration of negligence on its part. However, it’s important to call the City whenever a sewer backup occurs (763-593-8079). Public Works personnel will respond 24 hours a day to make sure the City sewer line is clear.

In many cases, sewer backups are caused by a build-up of grease, soap residue, and non-flushables in your sewer line. Catastrophic events, such as weather problems or electricity loss, are other possible causes. To find a company that will locate and clear your sewer blockage, look in the Yellow Pages under “Sewer Cleaning” or do a web search.

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