Environmental Health Division
Starting on December 11, 2023, through February 5, 2024, the Community Development Department office space located on the first floor of Civic Plaza is closed for remodeling. This includes the Environmental Health Division. While Civic Plaza will remain open to the public during this project, there will be fewer staff on-site. If you are able, please call, email, or use our online tools during this time.
To report a complaint, schedule a rental housing inspection, or for any other inquiries, please call 952-563-8934 or email email@example.com.
To access the portal for permits or health plans, please visit blm.mn/portal.
If you need to speak in person with a specific staff member, please call or email to schedule a time to meet. We are happy to work with you and help in any way we can during this transition period!
What is Environmental Health?
For over 50 years, the Environmental Health Division has conducted regular inspections of food facilities, rental housing, swimming pools, well sealing and construction, lodging facilities, and community nuisances. The Environmental Health staff also responds to complaints about noise, toxic materials, air and water pollution.
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.
Bloomington requires that every dwelling unit being rented must have a rental license prior to renting, and inspectors annually inspect both the interior and exterior of all rental dwelling units within Bloomington. Inspection staff also respond to complaints concerning rental properties and systematically inspect the exterior of rental units throughout the year.
Environmental Health conducts systematic inspections of all residential and commercial 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 City of Bloomington maintains a food and hotel safety program to protect public health, prevent foodborne illness and meet consumer expectations for cleanliness.
Bloomington 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.
Indoor Air Quality
- Firewood storage
- Hoja informativa sobre el almacenamiento de leña
- Up To Code
- Up To Code (Spanish)
Top Residential Code Violations
Pools and spas
- Pool daily log sheet
- Pool Regulations - a reference for daily operations.
- Pool/spa requirements
- Residential Pool/Spa Drainage
- Required Pool Signage
Noise Exception Permit
Special events and food equipment permit
The complete content of the building codes are available on the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry website.
- 2015 Minnesota Building Code Administration Chapter 1300
- 2012 International Building Code with state amendments /Chapter 1305
- Special Fire Protection Systems/MSBC Chapter 1306
- 2015 MN Elevator Code Chapter 1307
- 2012 International Residential Code with state amendments/ Chapter 1309
- 2015 MN Conservation Code For Existing Buildings Chapter 1311
- 2012 Residential International Energy Conservation Code with state amendments/Chapter 1322
- 2012 Commercial International Energy Conservation Code with state amendments/Chapter 1323
- 2015 MN Accessibility Code Chapter 1341 based on ICC/ANSI A117.1 2009
- 2015 MN Mechanical & Fuel Gas Code Chapter 1346 (2012 International Mechanical Code)
- 2016 MN State Plumbing Code/Uniform Plumbing Code
- 2012 International Fire Code with state amendments/Chapter 7510
- 2017 National Electrical Code
- Minimum Plumbing Fixtures /2012 IBC Chapter 29 as amended
- Snow Loads/MSBC Rules 1303.1700 (Hennepin County)
- Frost Depth/MSBC Rule 1303.1600 (Hennepin County)
- Wind Speed/Minimum 90 MPH
City of Bloomington Code
Adopted April 26, 1976, the City of Bloomington City Code is revised frequently.