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Single-family homes are subject to the City’s Property Maintenance Code and inspections of properties are performed on a regular or complaint basis. 

NOTICE: The City of Columbia Heights has a moratorium on new rental licenses for single-family homes. Information on the moratorium can be found here. 

Items listed below are some of the most common areas that are inspected: 

  • Address numbers must be present.
    • a contrasting color to the background.
    • minimum of four inches in height to be visible from the street or alley.
    • Alley numbers are required if an alley exists adjacent to the property, regardless of whether the property has access (a driveway) to the alley.
  • Peeling paint on areas in excess of approximately 25% of the surface.
  • Broken windows, doors, or torn/missing screens.
  • Acceptable exterior storage includes:
    • BBQ grills, patio furniture, kid's toys, neatly stacked fire wood, etc. Ladders may be hung on the outside of sheds or garages.
  • Unacceptable exterior storage includes most other items:
    • indoor furniture, construction materials not currently being used; tools, lawn equipment, car parts, piles of brush, etc.
  • Scrub growth around foundations and fence lines is not permitted. Scrub growth is defined as any uncontrolled growth of vegetation, including weeds, bushes, and tree saplings.
  • Growth of grass and weeds is not acceptable if longer than 9 inches.
  • Unpaved Parking: Vehicles parked on any surface other than asphalt or concrete are a violation.