Well-maintained residential properties encourage private and public investment in a neighborhood.
In order to monitor neighborhood conditions and identify signs of decline in their earliest stages, the City established the Residential Property Code Compliance Program, consisting of resident complaint investigations and systematic inspections.
Environmental Health conducts systematic inspections of all residential areas within Bloomington. Each property is inspected for violations of the City’s Code and, if observed, orders are issued for those violations. A property that is issued orders is given a reasonable time period to comply with the orders.
The commercial property inspection program works with property owners and tenants while investigating complaints, conducting site inspections for permit applications or licenses, reviewing sign permits, and working with other City divisions and departments to deal with problem properties.
This program also works collaboratively with Planning, Fire Prevention, Building Inspections, Public Works and Crime Prevention Divisions to ensure the continued high standards for the City and businesses located here. The City’s high expectations reduce blight and help to keep Bloomington a desirable location for businesses and commerce to flourish.
The City of Bloomington maintains a food safety program to protect public health, prevent foodborne illness and meet consumer expectations for cleanliness.
Environmental Health Specialists routinely inspect restaurants and other food facilities. Each inspector is certified by the State of Minnesota as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist / Sanitarian.
Swimming pool and spa safety is not only a contemporary issue with recent state and federal legislation, but a regulated program in the City of Bloomington. The City licenses and inspects about 180 public swimming pool and spas.
From construction guidelines, plan review and routine inspections the City of Bloomington works with pool operators to ensure public pools and spas are maintained in a manner that minimizes public health risk. In addition, the Building and Inspection Division reviews plans and grants construction approval for residential pools and spas to ensure the structures conform to City Code requirements.
The focus of the Rental Licensing and Inspection Program is to maintain the quality and stability of rental dwelling units which will preserve the value of land and buildings throughout Bloomington. Rental housing conditions that adversely affect or are likely to adversely affect the life, safety, general welfare and health of renters can be corrected and prevented by enforcing minimum standards within the city.
The Rental Housing program licenses many types of rental dwelling units including:
Housing with services dwellings
Accessory dwelling units
Environmental Health Inspectors annually inspect both the interior and exterior of all rental dwelling units within Bloomington. They also respond to complaints concerning rental properties and systematically inspect the exterior of rental units throughout the year.
The City recognizes that many businesses or organizations have temporary promotions during the year and that these events are typically publicized with temporary signs. In most instances a permit is required to display a temporary sign. [BCC Sect. 19.118 & 19.119]
Fire Prevention conducts regular inspections of commercial, industrial and multi-family residential structures for continued compliance with Minnesota fire and building codes. The division also investigates all fires in Bloomington to determine cause and origin, and works with the Police Department to investigate arson.
Before the City provided water, all homes relied upon private wells for drinking water. These homes were also connected to private septic systems. In the 1960s, many private wells were found to be contaminated. This lead the City to provide municipal water and sewer service. A small number of homes are not connected to City water or sewer and still rely on a private well for drinking water and/or a septic system.
A private well that is maintained and used for irrigation is allowed as long as the well water system is not connected to the pipes carrying City water into your home. If the well is not in use for irrigation it must be sealed by a Minnesota Department of Health Licensed Contractor. The contractor will apply for the City's Well Sealing permit.
The City of Bloomington's quiet hours are between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. on weekends. In order to get an exception to these hours, you must apply for a Type I Noise Exception Permit through the Environmental Health Division.