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Some voters may be able to authorize an individual (agent) to pick up and return an absentee ballot for them in the seven days preceding an election and on Election Day. Learn more when you visit the Ramsey County Elections website at: https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/elections-voting/voters/vote-election-day/vote-agent .
Check the status of your absentee ballot.
If the tracker says that your ballot has been sent, your voted ballot has not yet been received.
If the tracker says that your ballot has been received, your voted ballot has arrived in the mail but has not yet been processed.
If the tracker says that your ballot has been accepted, your voted ballot has been processed and will be counted.
If the tracker says that your ballot has been rejected, your voted ballot was processed and an error or omission was found. Ramsey County Elections will automatically mail you a replacement ballot along with an explanation of why your ballot was rejected. You may choose one of the following options to ensure your vote counts:
If you have questions about your absentee ballot, please contact Ramsey County Elections at 651-266-2171.
In Minnesota, absentee ballots are accepted or rejected within 3 - 5 days of being received and they begin being opened and counted fourteen days before Election Day.
If you wish for your submitted absentee ballot to be "spoiled" and want your ballot re-issued to you, please call Ramsey County Elections at 651-266-2171. Please note that once your absentee ballot has been opened and counted you have already voted in the election. Your absentee ballot cannot be "spoiled" and you can not receive a new ballot.
Every state has its own laws and jargon regarding elections and this makes it really confusing!
When some people talk about voting by mail, they are talking about how elections are run in states like Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, and Hawaii. In these states, voters essentially pre-register to vote in advance of Election Day. Pre-registered voters are then automatically mailed a ballot for each election which they then return via mail or drop box. In Minnesota, there are some mail balloting precincts outside of the Twin Cities area that has been voting this way since it was approved by the MN State Legislature in 1987. However, most people in Minnesota who talk about voting by mail are talking about casting an absentee ballot by mail.
Minnesota voters who wish to cast an absentee ballot can do without providing a reason. To have an absentee ballot mailed to you, a voter needs to complete and submit an absentee ballot application - either online or via paper application. In New Brighton, Absentee Ballot Applications are received and processed by Ramsey County Elections. Once your absentee ballot application is processed and verified in the Statewide Voter Registration System, a ballot will be mailed to your home along with instructions, a Manilla secrecy envelope to keep your ballot private, a bar-coded signature envelope for you to certify that you are the person using the ballot, and a return envelope to keep the personal information on your signature envelope private when you mail it back. You can return your absentee ballot by mail or you can drop it off at an early vote center during voting hours. (See question above for locations and times.)
Voters who wish to cast an absentee ballot but do not want to conduct this process through the mail can complete the entire process in person during the absentee / early voting hours at an absentee/ early voting center. (See question above for locations and times.)
Like on Election Day, voters who need to update their voter registration records can do this at the same time they cast an absentee ballot and, like Election Day, voters updating their voter registration when they cast their ballot to need to provide proof of residency in the precinct in order for their ballot to be accepted. View the accepted proofs of residency.
It is true that you are voting early no matter when you cast your ballot in the 46 days prior to Election Day. However, many people who talk about Early Voting in Minnesota are referring to a process that allows voters to cast their ballot in person at an early voting center in seven days before Election Day. Instead of placing their ballot into a series of envelopes like traditional absentee voting requires, the voter may place their ballot directly into a ballot counter just like they would do on Election Day. Minnesota state law permits this type of early voting only in the seven days before Election Day.
No; however, the city does require that you fill out this form of notification (PDF).
Any property owner who keeps bees shall provide and maintain a nearby, designated water source.
No more than 6 per property.
Per the code: no outdoor butchering of fowl is permitted.
Yes, the city requires that all coops be no less than 3 square feet per bird.
All fowl shall be prohibited from running at large off of the owner’s property.
All roosters are prohibited.
Election Judges are officials that staff local polling places, administer election procedures, and ensure that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Duties include but are not limited to:
Election Judge Trainees receive the exact same training as adult election judges. They are also permitted to perform the same work as an election judge who has not declared a political party.
You cannot be the spouse, parent, child, or sibling of another election judge serving in the same precinct at the same time. However, you may serve in different precincts or in different shifts.
You cannot be a candidate or the spouse, parent, child, or sibling of any candidate on the ballot at that precinct. However, you may serve in a precinct where your relative is not on the ballot.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will be assigned to a specific polling location even if you have worked at that location in the past.
When staffing polling places on Election Day, we consider political party affiliation to ensure that no more than half of the election judges at a given location are affiliated with the same political party. We strive to match new Election Judges with experienced Election Judges. We also try to match the personal skills and experiences of individual election judges in such a way that election staff at each polling place complement each other.
While no specific polling location placement is guaranteed, we recognize transportation can be a barrier to participation. If you wish to serve as an Election Judge but transportation issues limit your location availability, please indicate this in the comment section of your application.
The precinct boundaries and polling places for City of New Brighton voters have changed. Please visit our Redistricting Information page to learn about the City's redistricting work and download the City's complete redistricting plans.
New Precinct 1: Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church; 835 2nd Avenue NW
New Precinct 2: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; 100 Silver Lake Road
New Precinct 3: Salem Covenant Church; 2655 5th Street NW
New Precinct 4: Christ the King Church; 1900 7th Street NW
New Precinct 5: Faith Church; 1600 Silver Lake Road
New Precinct 6: New Brighton Community Center; 400 10th Street NW
New Precinct 7: The United Church of Christ located at 1000 Long Lake Road
New Precinct 8: GracePoint Church located at 2351 Rice Creek Road
Visit the MN Secretary of State's poll finder after May 30, 2022 to find where your household votes.
16 and 17 year olds may serve as election judge trainees.
If you meet these requirements, you may be eligible to serve as an Election Judge. You do not have to be a resident of New Brighton, an active member of a political party, a member of a Board or Commission, have previous volunteer experience etc. In fact, serving as an Election Judge is a great way to get more involved in the community and boost your resume!
Begin the application process by completing our Election Judge Application. Positions will be filled by qualified candidates on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Minnesota High School students who are 16 or 17 years old on Election Day can also serve! Complete the Election Judge Interest Form as soon as possible. Open student positions fill quickly.
Your employer may not reduce your wages/salary if you are selected to serve as an Election Judge as long as you provide your employer with at least 20 days of written notice and proof of your election schedule and wages. Contact the City Clerk at 651-638-2045 for more information.
At this time, unless you hear otherwise from us, you may assume you will be working on Election Day for the shift you signed up to work. Polling place location assignments will be communicated through your polling place supervisory team (Head / Assistant Head Election Judges) a week or two before Election Day. In addition to letting you know which location you will be working at, they will also let you know how meals will be handled, where you should park, what you can expect when you first arrive and any last minute directions.
Please visit the Secretary of State website to find out where you are assigned to vote on Election Day. It may be a different location than where you are assigned to work.
If you are assigned to work at the polling location where you would normally vote, you can cast a ballot during a slow time or on a break like any other voter.
If you are assigned to work at a different location than where you are assigned to vote, you may wish to cast your ballot early with an absentee ballot or early voting, Find out more about your options on our Absentee and Early Voting page.
Minnesota State Statutes and Rules require Election Judges to attend a basic Election Judge certification course every two years to obtain and retain their certification. Election Judges will receive this basic election judge certification training course on-line and will be paid for 2-3 hours of training time at the same time they receive their election judge pay (30 days after election day.) Additional training is required for specific tasks.
Visit our Election Judge Training Resources Page for more information.
If you have been appointed to serve as an Election Judge, please complete the following paperwork and return it to City Hall as soon as possible:
If you do not return all of this paperwork in its entirety and provide an individual email address, the City of New Brighton will be unable to pay you for your service. Thank you for understanding.
Payment for your service will be directly deposited into your bank account approximately 30 days after Election Day.
The Community Notification Act requires a risk level to be assigned to persons who are subject to registration under Minnesota Statute 243.166 or 243.167 before they are released from confinement in a Minnesota correctional facility or treatment facility. Primarily these are persons who have engaged in criminal sexual behavior or kidnapping or false imprisonment.
Level 1 (lower risk): Victims of and witnesses to the crime, other law enforcement agencies, and anyone identified by the prosecuting attorney to receive the information.
Level 2 (moderate risk): In addition to the above, the notification may be given where individuals who may become victims of the registrant are regularly found based on the registrant’s history. Law enforcement may also choose to notify certain individuals that they determine to be at possible risk. The information is not to be redistributed by organizations.
Level 3 (higher risk): Requires broad public notification, usually done through a public meeting. Law enforcement may also notify individuals and agencies included in Level 1 and Level 2 notifications and may use the media and other distribution methods to get information to the public.
The general area of residence, description of the registrant and photos, and a description of past criminal behavior, including when and where.
Levels 1 and 2 are not public, except as released by law enforcement as specified in the Community Notification Act or Minnesota Statute 253D.32. Information about those subject to public disclosure (Level 3) is posted on the DOC's website once law enforcement has determined the information to be disclosed.
You can request data by completing and submitting our Data Request Form online.
If you would prefer, a downloadable form can also be emailed to you or a paper copy of the form can be picked up at New Brighton City Hall or mailed to you.
If you choose not use to use the Data Request Form, your request should include:
You are not required to identify yourself or explain the reason for your data request. However, depending on how you want us to process your request (if, for example, you want us to mail you copies of data), we may need some information about you. If you choose not to give us any identifying information, you will need to contact us to check on the status of your request. In addition, please keep in mind that if we do not understand your request and have no way to contact you, we will not be able to begin processing your request.
Upon receiving your request, we will work to process it.
While viewing public data is free of charge, there is a cost to receive copies of public data. These fees are approved by the City Council annually as part of the City’s fee schedule.
The City of New Brighton charges for copies of government data. These charges are authorized under Minnesota Statutes, section 13.03, subdivision 3(c) for 100 or fewer single sided pages of data. In the event that the fees listed in this policy differ from fees listed in the current fee schedule approved by the City Council, the fees listed in the current fee schedule shall prevail.
Current fees for copies (as of January 1, 2019)
Requests for data stored electronically will only be released through email if the request is under 5MB in size. Additionally, only data classified as public data will be released electronically. Documents containing data classified as not public will be released only in a paper or other format that guarantees not public metadata is not available to the requestor.
Requests for copies that are estimated to exceed $50 must be prepaid.
The charge for most other types of copies, when a charge is not set by statute or rule, is the actual cost of searching for and retrieving the data, and making the copies or electronically transmitting the data (e.g. sending the data by email). In determining the actual cost of making copies, we factor in employee time, the cost of the materials onto which we are copying the data (paper, CD, DVD, etc.), and mailing costs (if any). If your request is for copies of data that we cannot reproduce ourselves, such as photographs, we will charge you the actual cost we must pay an outside vendor for the copies.
If, because of the subject matter of your request, we find it necessary for a higher-paid employee to search for and retrieve the data, we will calculate the search and retrieval portion of the copy charge at the higher salary/wage.
For questions about data contact Terri Spangrud or contact Sandra Daniloff.
Other staff members responsible for the maintenance and dissemination of City records are authorized data practices contacts as apparent or assigned.
You can request data by completing and submitting our Data Request Form online.
You have the right to look at (inspect), free of charge, public and private data that we keep about you. You also have the right to get copies of public and private data about you. The Government Data Practices Act allows us to charge for copies. You have the right to look at data, free of charge, before deciding to request copies. Also, if you ask, we will tell you whether we keep data about you and whether the data are public, private, or confidential. When requesting data classified as private data, you must show valid ID to verify that you are authorized to access the private or nonpublic data in the City’s possession.
As a parent, you have the right to look at and get copies of public and private data about your minor children (under the age of 18). As a legally appointed guardian, you have the right to look at and get copies of public and private data about an individual for whom you are appointed guardian.
Minors have the right to ask the City of New Brighton not to give data about them to their parent or guardian. If you are a minor, we will tell you that you have this right. We may ask you to put your request in writing and to include the reasons that we should deny your parents access to the data. We will make the final decision about your request based on your best interests.
The Government Data Practices Act presumes that all government data are public unless a state or federal law says that the data are not public. Data about you are classified by state law as public, private, or confidential.
We must give public data to anyone who asks. It does not matter who is asking for the data or why the person wants the data. The following are examples of some of the public data the City of New Brighton may have about you:
We cannot give private data to the general public, but you can have access to private data when the data are about you. We can share your private data with you, with someone who has your permission, with our government entity staff who have a work assignment to see the data, and to others, as permitted by law or court order. The following are examples of private data the City of New Brighton may have about you:
Confidential data have the most protection. Neither the public nor you can get access even when the confidential data are about you. We can share confidential data about you with our government entity staff who have a work assignment to see the data, and to others, as permitted by law or court order. We cannot give you access to confidential data. The following is an example of confidential data about you:
The City of New Brighton collects and keeps only those data about you that we need for administering and managing programs and services that are permitted by law. There is a presumption that all data are public unless there is a law that makes it not public.
When we ask you to provide data about yourself that are not public, we must give you a notice. This privacy notice is sometimes called a Tennessen warning and it controls what we do with the data that we collect from you. Usually, we can use and release the data only in the ways described in the notice.
We will ask for your written permission if we need to use or release private data about you in a different way, or if you ask us to release the data to another person. This permission is called informed consent. If you want us to release private data to another person, you must use the consent form we provide or another form approved by the City's Responsible Authority.
If you do not understand some of the data (technical terminology, abbreviations, or acronyms), please let us know. We will give you an explanation if you ask.
Summary data are statistical records or reports that are prepared by removing all identifiers from private or confidential data on individuals. The preparation of summary data is not a means to gain access to private or confidential data. The City of New Brighton may agree to prepare summary data if there are sufficient staff resources to do so, if you make your request in writing and if you pre-pay for the cost of creating the data.
Upon receiving your written request, you may use our online Data Request Form, we will respond within ten (10) business days with the data or details of when the data will be ready and how much we will charge.
The Government Data Practices Act requires us to protect your data. We have established appropriate safeguards to ensure that your data are safe from internal or external security breaches.
In the unfortunate event that we determine a security breach has occurred and an unauthorized person has gained access to your data, we will notify you as required by law.
Please complete an original Bill of Sale (PDF) between you and the seller. All signatures on the Bill of Sale must be live ink signatures, no copies.
Begin by completing a DNR universal registration form (PDF). Then, bring the Manufacture's Statement of Origin (MCO) including the width of your ATV and your receipt with you. Be sure the receipt shows a breakdown of the charges, sales tax, and fees you paid.
Please complete an original Bill of Sale for a Boat and Trailer (PDF) between you and the seller. All signatures on the Bill of Sale for a Boat and Trailer must be live ink signatures, no copies.
Begin by completing a DNR universal registration form (PDF). Then, bring the Manufacture's Statement of Origin (MCO) and your receipt with you. Be sure the receipt shows a breakdown of the charges, sales tax, and fees you paid.
New watercraft that are both 10 feet or under and non-motorized are not required to be registered in Minnesota.
If you've lost your boat title complete an Application for Duplicate Watercraft Title (PDF) and mail it to the DNR.
Make an $11 check or money order for remittance to:
MN Department of Natural ResourcesLicense Center500 Lafayette RoadSt. Paul, MN 55155-4026
If you are listed as an owner just bring your driver's license or identification. We can look you up and complete the renewal in DNR.
If someone else is stopping in on behalf of the owner, only a notarized DNR Authorization form (PDF) will be accepted on behalf of the owner. Please have the form completed and notarized and attach a copy of the owner's driver's license or state-issued identification card. The notarized DNR Authorization form must have a live ink signature, no copies.
If you would like to add a family member or friend to your non-titled ATV, watercraft, or snowmobile so that in the future they may be able to come in on their own, please complete a Bill of Sale (PDF) with you as the seller and then sign both yourself and that family member or friend back on as buyers. All signatures on the Bill of Sale must be live ink signatures, no copies.
General fishing knowledge:
For additional information and questions visit the Minnesota DNR. You may also email the DNR or reach them at 651-296-6157 or 888-MINNDNR.
Yes, you can! We are located in the lower level of New Brighton City Hall.
To save time start the online application and bring the confirmation with you.
Beginning May 7, 2025, a federal ID will be required for domestic flights. You can see a list of approved federal IDs HERE.
If you choose to use a non-driver’s license ID (such as passport) for air travel, or if you never plan to travel by air, you are not required to upgrade your license.
There are three Minnesota driver's licenses currently available: Standard, REAL, and Enhanced. Most Minnesota residents currently have a Standard driver's license, which will remain valid for identification and driving privileges, even after the federal ID travel deadline.
REAL and Enhanced licenses have essentially the same function, except that the Enhanced can be used as a passport card that can be used to travel to and return from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. It can also be used to board aircraft for domestic travel.
Please note that none of the licenses or IDs are valid for international air travel.
If you are unsure what type of ID you need, go HERE for a helpful questionnaire.
You can save time by pre-applying for a DL/ID before visiting our office.
Once you've completed your test at an exam station, you may stop in to our location to apply for your very first Instruction Permit. Please Pre-Apply for a Driver's License or ID and print your confirmation. Then, review the identification requirements for the additional paperwork you'll have to present.
Please note that if you are under 18 on the day of your application, a parent or legal guardian (with documents) must be present. You must present your blue Driver’s Ed card along with required identification documents.
If you are over 18, you must present your passed exam form, along with required idenfication documents.
Complete information about Instruction Permits can be found HERE.
Yes! We are now able to offer Class D Knowledge Exams! Please click HERE for more information!
We are not able to offer exams for CDL or Motorcycle. Search for exam locations near you.
For general questions including locations, testing, or to schedule an appointment, please call 651-201-7900 or go to the MN Driver and Vehicle Services website.
We do not carry driving manuals. You can access them online:
You will need to contact an exam station, such as Arden Hills Exam Station, on costs and requirements to reinstate your driver’s license.
Yes, we do!
To apply for or renew a disability certificate please have the disability application (PDF) or disability renewal card completed and signed ahead of time.
As long as the form or card is complete, either the customer or a 3rd party may submit the form. You can mail the form to the state, but we recommend bringing the form to our office. You can then be assured the form is submitted directly to your record, and you will leave with a temporary parking permit.
Please complete the Commercial Driver License Medical Self-certification Form (PDF) and bring your new medical card with you to complete your request.
For additional information, please call 651-297-5029 or visit Driver and Vehicle Services.
We are not able to provide driving records at our location, however, you can obtain these online! Visit drive.mn.gov and access Driver Services.
You will need to provide your driver's license number, social security number, and date of birth.
For additional driver’s license questions, please call 651-297-3298 or visit the MN Department of Public Safety website.
TSA does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling within the United States. You may wish to contact your specific airline for questions regarding ID requirements for travelers under 18. See TSA requirements HERE.
If you are a driver over 21 years of age, with a current valid permit or license, you not longer need to pass a knowledge exam before you can convert your license to Minnesota. If you are under 21, or your permit or license is expired, you will need to pass a Class D Knowledge Exam, even if you have previously had a driver’s license in Minnesota.
We are now able to offer this Class D Knowledge Exam! Please click HERE for information about this service.
If you are coming from out of the country (except Canada), you will need to take a knowledge exam, carry a driving permit for three months, and then pass a skills exam.
If you have an out of state ID only, no exam is required. Bring the required documents to our office and we can assist you.
Complete information HERE.
For most people, you must come to the office for any type of ID or license transaction.
The only exception is if someone is homebound and cannot physically come into an office for their ID. You can find more information about this variance HERE.
You can save time in office by pre-applying for your license or ID.
Unless your license is expired more than 1 year, you can simply come in and renew it. There is no penalty on an expired license, but keep in mind there is no grace period. Once your license is expired, it is not valid for driving.
If your license is more than 1 year, but less than 5 years expired, you’ll need to pass a knowledge exam before renewing.
If your Minnesota license is more than 5 years expired, you’ll need to pass a knowledge AND skills exam before renewing.
We are now able to offer the Class D Knowledge Exam at our location! Please click HERE for more information.
If you are renewing, upgrading to REAL or Enhanced, or if you are changing your name, you will be required to take a new photo.
If you are getting a duplicate/replacement with no changes, or simply changing the address, you will likely not be required to take a new photo.
Once you have established an upgraded license in Minnesota, you only need to bring additional documents if you are making changes, such as address or name. These are the same types of documents for the initial application. You can review them here for REAL ID and Enhanced. (links)
You will first need to be sure your name is updated with Social Security. Our system checks against Social Security, and if the name does not match, we cannot proceed with the license update.
Once your name is updated with Social Security, you’ll need to bring your current license or ID along with the CERTIFIED name change document (marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order).
Keep in mind that a new photo is required with name changes!
You may be eligible to request a replacement online. Visit the Social Security website for all the information.
If you are not eligible to request online, you will need to visit the Social Security office.
No, we are unable to provide birth certificates.
If you were born in Minnesota, you can visit any County office convenient to you. Many have mail-in options.
If you were born outside Minnesota, you will need to contact the state or country of your birth for more information.
If you were married in Minnesota, you’ll need to contact the specific County where the marriage was recorded.
If you were married outside Minnesota, you will need to contact the state or country where the marriage was recorded.
Our precinct boundaries and polling places have changed. Please confirm your Election Day voting location before Election Day by visiting the MN Secretary of State's Online Pollfinder.
Learn more about precinct boundary changes by visiting our Redistricting Information page.
In Minnesota, voters are allowed to cast an absentee ballot for any reason in the 46 days prior to Election Day by mail or in person. Voters can also vote early in the seven days before Election Day. Learn more about absentee and early voting options by clicking here.
Military and overseas voters can vote by absentee ballot by using the process outlined in the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) administered by the MN Secretary of State's Office.
If you are feeling sick on Election Day, are a patient in a hospital or other medical facility (including a nursing home), are a resident of a shelter or assisted living facility, or are disabled, you may enlist someone you know to help you vote.
Each agent is allowed to deliver and return ballots for a maximum of three voters.
You can cast an absentee vote by the agent if you are a:
View a flowchart outlining the process of absentee voting using an agent for delivery for easy reference.
On Election Day, you can also vote from your car at your polling location. When you arrive, have someone in your car let the election judges know you would like to exercise this option. Alternatively, you can contact Ramsey County Elections and let them know you would like to exercise this option.
Find out what offices and candidates will be on your ballot by visiting the MN Secretary of State’s website on Who’s On My Ballot. Information is available approximately 45 days prior to Election Day.
Visit the Secretary of State’s Candidate Filings page to look for contact information for specific candidates and offices.
Some voters may be able to authorize an individual (agent) to pick up and return an absentee ballot for them. This service is available only within the seven days preceding an election.
No. Not unless they qualify for Agent Delivery.
Wondering if you're registered to vote? Find out on the Voter Information Portal website.
If you don't find your voter registration or if your information is incorrect, update your voter registration on the Minnesota Register to Vote website.
In the 46 days prior to Election Day, voters may cast an absentee ballot in person or they may complete the absentee process by mail. In Minnesota, all citizens are allowed to vote using an absentee ballot for any reason and all absentee ballots that have been received by Election Day and accepted* by the Absentee Ballot Board are counted. You can also track the status of your ballot and verify it has been counted!
View the Status of Your Ballot.
Note: To be accepted by the Absentee Ballot Board:
Learn where to Vote Early In-Person.
If you need help voting, you have lots of options! Learn more by viewing the Voting Accessibility page.
Election results can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.
Here are some unique situations you might fall into:
For more information, please contact any of the following voting resources:
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The Rice Creek Watershed District’s (RCWD) Hansen Park project originated from a 2013 petition to the RCWD by the Cities of New Brighton and St. Anthony Village to establish a Basic Water Management Project to address stormwater management and flooding within the contributing drainage area to Ramsey County Ditch 2 (the City of Roseville was later added to the petition).
RCWD and City staff held numerous meetings leading up to the start of the project including a heavily attended open house/neighborhood meeting. Recommendations were provided by the City's Parks, Recreation, and Environmental Commission (PREC) to the City Council. Important dates up to the start of the project are shown below:
The existing ponding basin (and dam) in Hansen Park was originally constructed in 1969 to be 4 feet deep. Following years of sedimentation, the pond depth was only 6 inches deep just before the project. RCWD worked closely with the Minnesota DNR, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) to implement the removal of the dam and excavation of the pond. The pond depth when complete will again be an average of 4 feet deep. However, the normal water level will be lowered 2 feet and the dam was raised 2 feet. This combination allows for an additional 11.6 million gallons of water to be stored in the park during heavy storms.
The RCWD was awarded a BWSR Clean Water Fund Grant from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, in the amount of $3,000,000, to complete a series of projects designed to clean up Long Lake. One of these projects, the Hansen Park Comprehensive Water Management Project, is expected to cost a total of $4.8 million. $1,540,000 of the grant was allocated to Hansen Park and the RCWD is providing the remaining costs of the project.
The trails on the west are raised by this project and will be constructed to reduce the frequency and duration of flooding on park trails during/after large rainstorms. Additionally, the project removed the boardwalk trail east of the dam and converted it to gravel. During the summer of 2017, the bridge near the Hansen Park shelter experienced flooding and this structure and adjacent trails will be raised in 2018 prior to completion of the project.
The remaining dredging will take place in early 2018, with trail work, grading, and revegetation to be completed in the summer. The final planting plan will expand the growth of aquatic plants in the pond, and incorporate native plants throughout the project site (including pollinator-specific plants). The raised park trails on the west side will be paved in late summer 2018. The water level in the pond will be raised to normal around this time as well.
Prior to the project, the existing pond bottom soils were characterized and compared to MPCA guidance documents. All materials meeting Dredge Management Level 2 or 3 have been and/or will be hauled offsite to an approved disposal location (i.e. landfill). Materials meeting the criteria for residential re-use (Dredge Management Level 1) will be placed in the open area previously used as youth ball fields.
The youth ballfields on the west side of Hansen Park were often wet and were our lowest quality fields. The City Council, PREC, and staff approved relocating these youth fields to the east side of Hansen Park to the current adult fields at this location. These fields have fences and will be reconstructed/regraded to meet youth needs. The two adult fields had undulating outfields (ankle breakers) and were often wet. These two existing adult fields will be reprogrammed to the newly constructed lighted ballfield at New Brighton's Lion's Park.
Existing excavation material from the pond meeting MPCA residential standards was placed in this area as part of the project. The area was raised above the floodplain and will be mowed turf grass with un-programmed use at this time.
The RCWD's Hansen Park project allowed for the contractor to store excavated materials in the open area to allow the soil to dry before being hauled out. This activity would either require the fields to be regraded/replaced or RCWD would compensate the City for it to create fields in a different location. The City agreed to the removal of these fields in exchange for $200,000 up front, and approximately an additional $100,000 at the completion of the project. The first $200,000 was used towards the adult softball field at New Brighton Lion's Park, and the remaining funds will be used to improve and convert the existing adult fields on the east of Hansen Park for youth use.
This area is an Iron-Enhanced Sand Filter (IESF) and its purpose is to improve the quality of water flowing through the park and down to Pike Lake and Long Lake. It removes phosphorous from the water by pumping pond water through the filter beds, thus reducing algae blooms in the downstream lakes. This feature will be operated and maintained by the RCWD.
The city of New Brighton requires two inspections: one final building inspection, and one final electrical inspection.
Yes, the city provides online scheduling as an option. Half-hour time slots may be requested and confirmed.
Inspections take between 24 and 48 hours to complete after the time of the request.
Yes, please visit our inspections website page.
Reference the MN Department of Labor and Industry's "Solar PV Resources" webpage, as well as the following four inspections categories:
Types of Payments Accepted:
** A 2.15% processing fee applies
To purchase a hunting or fishing license, regardless of your age, you must either have your Social Security Number on your DNR customer file, or you can provide your Minnesota driver's license/ID.
Please note: We can not issue a hunting or fishing license without a valid Social Security number, regardless of age.
To learn more please visit the MN Department of Natural Resources or call 651-296-6157.
No. Unfortunately, we do not offer these services.
Please visit the Minnesota Department of Health Certificates and Records for information on forms and locations.
Please fill out the online license application.
Yes. Please view our Licensing Requirements (PDF) to find out what is required by the City of New Brighton.
Please look at our 2021 Fee Schedule (PDF) to view current fees.
Answer from the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI): "DLI strongly recommends hiring a contractor licensed by the state of Minnesota. That ensures the company has met certain requirements, including having a principal of the company pass an appropriate examination and having liability and property damage insurance. A licensed contractor must also take a number of continuing education classes each year."
If you have questions about the licensing status of a contractor, you can check on the State website.
Some work does not require a license or a permit, if you have specific questions feel free to call us at the City 651-638-2050 or email the Building Department.
Please reference the State of Minnesota's Consumer Guide to Hiring a Contractor (PDF).
The Department of Labor lists these as "red flags" when hiring a contractor:
It is the responsibility of the licensed contractor to pull their own permits. If the City suspects that you are pulling a permit on behalf of a contractor, you may be asked to sign a Homeowner Affidavit (PDF).
Please reach out to the City if you need any help: call 651-638-2050 or email the Building Department.
You can also reach out directly to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry:
New Brighton Elementary School was originally built in 1939, and was owned and operated by the Mounds View School District for approximately 39 years before being closed in the late 1970s. The building was then used by the School District as a Community Resource Center for another five years before being sold to the Korean United Methodist Church around 1983. The Church operated on the site until 2017 when they decided to move to a newer facility. Given that the City had identified this area for redevelopment dating back to the 1980s, the City chose to make an offer on the land and was one of four bidders on the private market. The Church selected the City's bid amongst the four offers, and the property was officially acquired by the City in August of 2017.
As to why the City wanted to be involved in this area, the success north of I-694 in the New Brighton Exchange is a recent example of how proactive efforts by the City to acquire, clean up, and revitalize an area can result in a major transformation that benefits all taxpayers in the community. To date, the overall land value within the Exchange has increased over 300% since the project began ($27 million to $108.5 million) which will result in nearly $2 million going to the tax rolls in future years benefiting the City, State, and local school district. The City anticipates this new residential redevelopment will result in a similar success.
Given its proximity to existing residential uses, the land being developed has largely been viewed over the years as a logical place to address Community housing needs. In 2017, the annual Citizens Survey ranked housing as the second most critical issue to residents (second only to safe drinking water), and feedback gathered for the Comprehensive Plan further established housing as a main goal for the City. Two community workshops, a series of online surveys, various pop-up events throughout the City, and multiple Commission and Council meetings resulted in the final draft of the new 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The new plan, which will guide the Community's development for the next ten years, calls for a diverse and well-maintained housing stock to support people of all socioeconomic, age, ethnic, race, and religious backgrounds. To this end, the Midtown Village area was identified by the Community as one of three areas in the City appropriate for a "Mixed Use Neighborhood." This new land use classification is meant to accommodate medium to high-density housing ranging from 8 to 40 units per acre with stacked housing and townhomes predominantly being used.
While the new comprehensive plan was the primary reason that a mix of townhomes and multi-family housing is currently being built, a second (but equally important) factor driving these land uses is the economics of redevelopment in the metro. Land this close to Minneapolis and St. Paul, especially within a quality City like New Brighton, is expensive. The parcels within Midtown Village had a total market value of approximately $3.8 million according to Ramsey County prior to this redevelopment taking place. Development of single-family homes was economically unfeasible as demonstrated by the response to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) received by the City at the beginning of this process. Of the development proposals received by the City, two developers proposed all single-family homes, and that was only an option if the land was free and the City was able to provide additional avenues of financial assistance.
Past uses on the site(s) including the school and community center have always generated traffic to/from this area, and any future use will do so as well (a church that also placed a bid on the land was considering hosting festivals for its 3,000 members!). Regarding the site design, placing Senior Housing to the north of Highway 8 will reduce trips to and from this area as opposed to other housing options. Data shows that seniors typically generate fewer trips per day when compared to other age groups.
Historically, Old Highway 8 has carried 10,000 vehicles per day, with half of those vehicles using 8th Avenue for access to local neighborhoods and/or the freeway. Solutions being implemented to address both current and future traffic levels include:
It did not. The City recently completed a 2-plus year comprehensive planning effort through which the community identified housing (both availability and affordability) as a primary issue of concern. Because New Brighton is fully developed, issues like housing can only be addressed via the redevelopment of underutilized parcels such as the ones that make up Midtown Village.
Drafting of the new Comp Plan included an extensive outreach effort. New Brighton's City Council and Economic Development Commission (EDC) discussed either the Comprehensive Plan as a whole or specifically the New Brighton Elementary redevelopment at 29 different public meetings, and published 10 articles in the City's newsletters and local newspaper among other efforts to inform the public.
No. The Metropolitan Council only establishes broad goals for the metropolitan area. Every ten years, those broad goals are encapsulated in a regional planning document. State statute requires cities to adopt a comprehensive plan that is consistent with the regional planning document, but cities retain full authority to determine how to develop within their respective communities.
Land this close to both Minneapolis and St. Paul is expensive. The parcels making up this development site had a combined value of approximately $3.8 million according to Ramsey County, and developers had to take this cost into account when putting their proposals together.
The City solicited development proposals at the beginning of this process, and only two developers suggested low-density options (single-family home options). Both projects would have only worked financially if the City provided the land for free, and the City was able to provide additional avenues of financial assistance. Put another way, the City would have had to take a loss of more than $2.5 million to facilitate single-family home development.
Council and the EDC selected Dominium and Pulte as the preferred developers based on input provided during the comprehensive planning process, EDC priority rankings, City Council goals, and the reputation of both companies. Dominium has a proven track record of building high-quality, attractive, affordable units, and the company has the capital necessary to ensure the project gets built.
The City is not building Section 8 housing. In fact, no new Section 8 buildings have been built since 1986 when the law authorizing construction of Section 8 housing was repealed. Modern construction of affordable housing is supported by a tax-incentive program that is different than Section 8.
In recognition of problems with Section 8, congress took action in 1986 to repeal the construction portion of Section 8, and replaced it with new language in “Section 42” of the Internal Revenue Tax Code.
Section 42 established a mechanism for issuing Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and is strictly used to finance the construction (not the operation) of rental properties. The LIHTC for this property will allow units to be available for families earning 60% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI).
Dominium rental properties are usually of very high quality and are often mistaken for luxury apartment communities. Local examples within a short drive include:
The following are example rental rates that will likely be charged at the new Dominium affordable apartments compared to both existing average rental rates and the newest market rate rentals within the City:
No. The development includes owner-occupied townhomes, affordable senior housing (for ages 50-plus), and affordable family units through a minimum investment of nearly $98 million on site improvements. Development of this value doesn't inherently bring crime into a neighborhood; redevelopment of this value does quite the opposite.
You are certainly welcome to renew your tabs online or by mail. We encourage coming to our office or using one of our drop boxes for two reasons:
If you are the registered owner, come in with your ID, plate number and valid insurance information. You will receive a registration card with your vehicle tabs.
If you are purchasing tabs for someone else without their renewal notice you will need to have an Authorization Form completed along with a live ink signature by the owner.
Electronic insurance information is accepted.
As of January 1st, 2016 you are required to provide your auto insurance company's name, policy number and expiration date (MM/DD/YYYY).
Bring in your ID and plate number. We can issue you a new set of tabs. There may be fees involved.
If you are not the registered owner, you will need to have an Authorization Form (PDF) completed along with a live ink signature by the owner.
To streamline the process, please complete the Application for Duplicate Plates and/or Stickers form (PDF) before your visit.
If you ordered your tabs online or by mail, don’t wait more than 30 days. It definitely should not take that long!
Bring in your ID and plate number. We can issue you a new set of plates.
If you believe your plates were stolen, we advise you to report them to your local Public Safety department.
A registered owner of the vehicle must come in with their license to request a duplicate title. If a title has previously been issued, we can usually print a duplicate in our office. The fee for this is $20.50.
To streamline the process, please complete a Duplicate Title Application (PDF) before you come in.
If a title has not already been issued, we can look into the record and see why, and assist you to correct any issues that would have prevented the title from being issued.
If you have registered a vehicle in Minnesota and have not received your title within 3-4 months, please come in so we can check it out.
Please begin by completing an Application To Title (PDF). If all owners are unable to stop in, please make sure they sign the bottom of the Application to Title and bring a copy of the front and back of their driver's license.
You will need your title, valid insurance information including the company name, policy number, and policy expiration date (MM/DD/YYYY). Electronic insurance information is accepted. If you do not have your out-of-state title, you can bring the most current out-of-state registration card. If there is a loan on the vehicle, we will need the lien holder's name, address and the date of loan (MM/DD/YYYY).
If this is a leased vehicle, we will need a Power of Attorney from the leasing company authorizing you to register the vehicle in Minnesota and their Minnesota Tax Account number. Please bring your lease agreement and arrive with a completed and printed Application To Title (PDF) and a Lessee Designation form (PDF). Note that because this is a leased vehicle the leasing company should be listed as the owner and their information listed on the Application To Title. Your information should be listed on the Lessee Designation form. If there is a loan on the vehicle that the leasing company would like listed we will need the lien holder's name, address and the date of loan (MM/DD/YYYY).
Complete information can be found HERE.
The transfer fee is based many factors such as the age and the amount paid for the vehicle.
You can stop in with your vehicle identification number (VIN) or plate number and we are glad to calculate the fees for you.
See a list of general title transfer fees (PDF).
For further information visit the Department of Public Safety (DPS) website or contact the DPS at 651-297-2126.
In Minnesota, regardless if you took out a loan for your vehicle or not, you will receive a Minnesota title in the mail.
If you have both your Minnesota title and lien release in hand, you have two options:
If you lost your title please complete an application for a duplicate title (PDF), and bring both the form and the lien release in. We will release the lien when we order the duplicate title. (Fees may be applied to this transaction.)
We highly recommend stopping in with your buyer to ensure the transfer of your vehicle; however, we understand that is not always convenient. When selling a vehicle, have the buyer fully complete the "Seller’s Notice of Sale" located at the bottom of the title and keep it for your record. You can complete a report of sale online. You may also stop in and we can report the sale as well.
Yes, most specialty plates can be transferred to another vehicle in your name.
Please complete the Special Plate Application (PDF) before your visit.
Visit Driver and Vehicle Service Online Services under Vehicle Services and and select “Search for Registration Tax Paid."
Once your permit has been processed and approved by the City, you will get a link for payment. Please note, we require payment up front for permits with reviews.
If you are a contractor and need help getting into your account or setting up a new one, visit our Contractor Resource Center.
In order to comply with state law, no more than half of the workers in a polling place can be affiliated with one major political party. We use the information you provide to appoint election workers and ensure all of our polling places meet the party balance requirement.
To learn more, view the Minnesota state law on election judges.
If you are not affiliated with a major political party in Minnesota, you can indicate on your application that you are "not affiliated." Note that the city is required to first appoint those who have declared a political party affiliation. Additionally, serving without a party affiliation means that you cannot complete certain tasks on Election Day that are required by law to be performed by election workers of different major political parties. This includes assisting a voter in marking their ballot, emptying the ballot box, and conducting curbside voting.
Election judges who have declared they are unaffiliated may not assist with health care facility voting. Each pair assisting voters must declare a party so there can be two members of differing parties.
No. Minnesota does not have a party registration system.
No. Your party affiliation selection applies only to your service on Election Day. Who you choose to vote for in each election is private and will remain a secret.
To update or change your party affiliation, contact the City Clerk by email or by phone at 651-638-2045.
No. State law requires that 16 and 17 year old student election workers serve without party affiliation. If you are a student and 18 years old or older, you may serve as a regular election judge and declare a party.
There are currently four major political parties in Minnesota. These are the only parties that are recognized by state law related to party balance requirements at polling places and service as election judges. These political parties are:
Learn more about the major and minor parties in Minnesota.
By law, your declared party affiliation is only able to be used by election officials (such as the city clerk) for the purposes of election administration. It is not subject to data requests and will only be known by elections staff and the lead election official (Head Judge) assigned to work at your polling place on Election Day.
Understanding when to get a passport depends on two major factors: the date of your planned trip and the time of the year.
In general, you'd want to avoid peak holiday times that could cause passport applications to surge. Think of all the major travel times to get an idea:
There's a good chance you might apply during these times and run into no issues regarding waiting time for your passport. It really depends on the influx of applications and the staff working to process them.
But do you really want to take any chances? Probably not. So, if you're trying to decide when to get a passport, do it before you even plan a trip - preferably, several months out.
Apply for a passport when you don't need it and you'll be glad you have it ready to go.
Please complete this questionnaire on the U.S. Department of State's website to determine which form you need.
To receive a new passport or replace a lost or damaged passport, you must come in person to our office and bring the following:
Completed DS-11 Passport Application Form (PDF), single-sided with black ink
Applications must be filled out in black ink. If a pencil or another color is used, you will be required to fill out a new application.
No. If you are renewing your passport with Form DS-82 (PDF), we will not take your application. However, Schedule Your Appointment and we can assist you with a new photo for your passport renewal. Printed, digital or a combination passport photo available at our location!
You must mail in your renewal application (Form DS-82) yourself. We recommend you ask USPS to send your Form DS-82 and supporting documents using a trackable delivery method. Do not use UPS, FedEx, or DHL since the address you need to send your Form DS-82 and supporting documents to is a Post Office (PO) Box.
Visit the U.S. Department of State online to complete the paperwork and confirm what documents should be mailed in together.
Still not sure if you can renew your passport? John's story summarizes the requirements on how to renew your passport.
Renew your passport approximately 9 to 12 months before it expires. Certain countries require passports to remain valid for up to 6 months after your last day of travel in order to allow entry. Also, some airlines will not allow you to book a flight or board if you don't meet this requirement.
Every situation is different however you'll need to complete either form DS-82 or form DS-5504, then submit your certified court order, marriage certificate, or divorce decree, submit a new photo, and possibly repay the fees for the passport and/or card you would like in the new name. More information is available at the U.S. Department of State website.
Both the passport book and card are good for 10 years from the time they are issued for adults. A minor's passport book and card is only good for 5 years.
Yes! For the purpose of getting on a domestic flight within the United States, you will be able to board the flight with your passport book or card instead of getting Minnesota's REAL ID or Enhanced ID.
View the Comparison Chart (PDF).
Minnesota has an extension for REAL ID enforcement, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards from Minnesota at Federal facilities, nuclear power plants, and federally regulated commercial aircraft until May 3, 2023.
The new passport is a modernized U.S. passport book which we started issuing in 2021. While our previous electronic passports (ePassports) are secure, the Next Generation Passport book (NGP) uses new technologies to produce a more robust passport with enhanced security features, such as a polycarbonate data page, laser-engraved personalization, and updated artwork.
We are only issuing the NGP for passport books. We will soon upgrade and modernize our other document, the passport card.
Please Note: It is possible that for a family of applicants applying at the same time, some may receive an NGP book and some may not. We will not replace one for the other: all of the passports being printed are valid for travel. Eventually, the previous version of the passport book will be phased out.
To learn more view the Next Generation Passport website.
It is very common that a visa will outlive a passport, as some countries offer visas that are good for as long as 10 years. In these cases, you should have no difficulty traveling with a new passport and the expired passport with a valid visa.
Yes, we take passport photos here! You can choose two identical passport photos or a digital photo emailed to you for $15 each. You can also choose both the printed photo and the digital photo combo for $25.
You must provide one photo with your passport application. For detailed information visit the U.S. Department of State's website.
Yes, you can bring your own passport photo, however, be mindful that unless it is taken at a passport agency it may not meet U.S. Department of State requirements.
U.S. Department of State Fee
City of New Brighton Fee
Subject to postal rates
Overnight Delivery Return (books only)
U.S. State Department and City of New Brighton fees must be paid separately.
**All returned checks payable to the City of New Brighton are subject to a $30.00 charge
Current routine service times set by the U.S. Department of State can take 7 to 10 weeks. Expedite service is $60 more and can take 3 to 5 weeks.
Access the Online Passport Status System to check your application status. It is currently taking up to 4 weeks for applications to be trackable online. Additionally, you may call the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY at 888-874-7793.
*Please note once the application is sent to the state we are prohibited from inquiring on it for you.
Expedite processing is available in-office for an additional $60 and can take 3 to 5 weeks from the date of application. You may also pay additionally to overnight your application to the State and pay to overnight your new passport back you in order to cut back on mail time.
For emergencies that require your passport to be rushed sooner than 2 to 3 weeks contact the Minneapolis Passport Agency. To apply at the agency, you must schedule an appointment by calling toll-free at 877-487-2778, 24 hours a day. When you make the appointment you must let them know you are planning on applying at the Minneapolis Passport Agency. For additional information visit the U.S. Department of State Website.
Check Online! Access the Online Passport Status System to check your application status. It is may take 4 to 6 weeks for applications to be trackable online. Additionally, you may call the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY at 888-874-7793. Please note once the application is sent to the state we are prohibited from inquiring on it.
All passport applications must be completed with black ink only.
Yes! Notary services are an additional $5 each time the notary signs a document.
Yes, regardless of age every applicant is required to appear in person in order to apply for a passport. Please visit the US Department of State website for more information.
For passport questions or concerns please visit the Travel State website or contact the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY at 888-874-7793.
Yes, we accept all passport applicants regardless of city, county, or state as long as you qualify to apply in person. Form DS-82 (PDF) passport applicants who qualify via mail should follow the directions on pages 1-2 of Form DS-82 to do so.
The City enforces the Minnesota State Building Code. The Community Development Department provides interpretation of the codes and issues building permits for construction and inspection services. Whenever you build, enlarge, alter, repair, convert, demolish, or move a building, a permit is required. Most Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Permits can be issued at City Hall or online. Building Permits that involve plan review generally take up to 7 to 10 working days before they can be issued. Smaller projects take less time; some may be issued immediately. Large projects can take up to 2 weeks or more for plan review. (Remember, always call before you dig: visit Gopher State One Call.) If you are still not sure if you need a permit, email the Building Department or call 651-638-2050.
Work without a permit could result in a stop-work order, a double fee, and for contractors, an investigation from the State.
Savvy home buyers and realtors want to see proof of permitted work, so also keep in mind that if un-permitted work is occurring at your home, it could be an issue if you choose to sell.
The City has to follow building code rules for expiring permits, but in many cases if the work is ongoing, we can extend the permit beyond its original expiration date. Please call 651-638-2043 or email the Building Department if you need to request an extension.
Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is working with contractors and homeowners on extensions. We understand that work is being delayed and we will help you.
This permit is required when erecting, expanding, or changing buildings. Simple maintenance or repairs do not require a permit. A homeowner working on his own home or a State Licensed Contractor working on 1 or 2 family homes, or a City/State Licensed Contractor may apply for this permit. When applying for a Building Permit, please submit the following along with your online application:
Exemption from permit requirements does not grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner that is in violation of the building code or any other laws or ordinances of New Brighton.
When installing or changing any electrical system, such as changing a service, adding outlets, or replacing furnaces and air conditioners, a permit is required. If you are not sure if an electrical permit is required, contact the City electrical inspector at 763-754-2983 between 7 am and 8:30 am. A homeowner working on their own home or a Licensed Electrician may apply for this permit. When applying for an Electrical Permit, the following things are required:
To schedule an inspection visit Tokle Inspections (preferred) or call 763-754-2983 between 7 am and 8:30 am.
A licensed, bonded and insured electrical contractor and their employees. When the electrical work is being performed by a homeowner, the homeowner then applies for the permit. In signing and submitting a permit application, the homeowner is acknowledging that they own and occupy the home where the work will be performed and they personally and physically will perform all of the electrical work described on the permit application. Homeowners shall not obtain permits for another entity that is physically installing the electrical components.
Our electrical inspector, Tokle Inspections, has put together a guide for homeowners (PDF).
A permit is required when installing or changing any mechanical system (heating, air conditioning, and ventilation) or component of the system. Simple maintenance or repairs do not require a permit. A homeowner working on his own home or a City Licensed Contractor may apply for this permit. When applying for a Mechanical Permit, the following things are required:
When installing or changing any plumbing systems in a building, a plumbing permit would be required. This includes installing a water softener/heater, moving pipes and fixtures, adding or finishing a bathroom or similar project. Simple maintenance or repairs do not require a permit. A homeowner working on his own existing home or a State Licensed Plumber may apply for this permit. When applying for a Plumbing Permit, the following things are required:
Unless the plumbing work poses an unsanitary or hazardous condition, the requirements for a permit is waived for the following plumbing work performed in one and two-family dwellings.
The following projects do not require a building permit but may require Zoning or Public Works approval:
Emergency repairs can be done without first obtaining the necessary permits, but the permits must be obtained after the work has been completed within a reasonable timeframe.
Applicants must use the online system to apply for permits, upload plans and schedule inspections.
Please email them to the Building Department.
Each year residents receive a recycling calendar with all of their specific pickup days. If you don't have a calendar you can use the recycling map which will show the pickup days. You can also contact City staff at 651-638-2061 and they will mail out a new calendar.
Anything you placed out previously can be placed into the cart. Also, there are now new materials that Allied Waste will accept, including plastics 1, 2 and 5 (see the question on identifying plastics), pizzas boxes that have minimal grease and food, and milk and juice aseptic containers.
Materials that can be placed in the single-sort recycling cart:
Items that should not be placed in the recycling container:
Contact Republic Services if you don't have a cart, need a larger or smaller cart, or have a problem with your cart. Republic Services can be reached by calling 952-941-5174. On your recycling pickup day place your cart at the end of your driveway or near the alleyway if you have an alley. The cart should be placed three feet away from other carts and objects so Allied trucks will be able to easily empty them.
Most solid waste haulers will provide a yard waste cart for a fee. Ramsey County provides free yard waste drop-off sites for all county residents. See information on the free county drop-off sites. You can also call the Ramsey County recycling hotline at 651-633-EASY(3279), which is available 24/7.
Ramsey County provides free drop-off sites for household hazardous waste like paint, oil, and other products. See their website or call 651-633-EASY(3279), which is available 24/7.
Republic Services now accepts all types of clean plastic containers. Any plastic containers in the home should be rinsed and then placed into the recycling cart. The caps can be left on the containers. Large plastic items, like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes or styrofoam, should not be placed in the recycling cart. You can look up specific items for recycling information.
Televisions and computer monitors, along with many other electronic devices, have significant amounts of hazardous materials in them and cannot be placed in your regular garbage can. Best Buy stores will accept television and other electronic devices. New Brighton's Clean-Up Day is another way to properly dispose of these items. New Brighton's Clean-Up Day usually occurs the 2nd Saturday in May. Check your mail for the New Brighton Clean-Up Day flyer in April. Another resource for disposing of these items is the Ramsey County A to Z disposal guide.
The City already licenses all multifamily buildings in New Brighton. Expanding the licensing program will ensure that every rental unit in the City must be properly maintained and managed in order to be rented. By doing so, the City hopes to achieve legitimate, safe and healthy living spaces for landlords, tenants, and neighbors.
The City of New Brighton gave careful consideration to the establishment of this new program, and every effort was made to create a win-win solution for renters, property owners, and the City. The single-family home/duplex licensing process is a simplified version of the larger program that’s historically overseen the City’s multi-family buildings.
During an inspection year, the license cost for a single-family home (or one half of a duplex) will be $200, and a duplex that is fully rented will have a $220 license fee. In non-inspection years, the cost will drop to $50. Provided the unit(s) being licensed meet basic life, health, and safety standards, inspections will only be required once every three (3) years.
By only requiring inspections once every three years, the total license cost over a three year period can be kept to as low as $300. That cost spread out over 36 months means the maximum rent increase a landlord could justify based on this program is a little over $8 per month for a single unit, and approximately $4.50 per month for duplex units. The City’s Planning Commission, Equity Commission, and City Council all found this potential impact to rents was more than justified by the program’s benefits.
Inspections will be focused on basic life, health, and safety issues. Improvements will only be mandated when the health and safety of tenants is threatened by housing conditions or the lack of necessary equipment (i.e. smoke and carbon monoxide detectors).
The City’s inspector and landlord will walk the property together. While we will invite and encourage tenants to attend and participate in the inspection, their attendance will not be mandatory.
The main effect of this ordinance is the comfort knowing that rental properties are properly maintained, and that adequate recourse now exists for the City should problems arise. Existing “disorderly premises” regulations that previously only applied to licensed multi-family buildings will now apply to all rentals.
At this time, we are asking all landlords to apply for their 2023 license by December 31, 2022. Applications will be processed in January, and property inspections will occur from February through April. Late applications in year one may be subject to additional fees if received after March 31, 2023. Please visit the City’s Housing webpage at and select “Rental Licensing Programs” to obtain an application for your specific rental type.
Please visit City Codes to access all codes for the City of New Brighton. To view housing regulations specifically, scroll down to find the heading “Municipal Code,” and then open the link to “Chapter 13 – Housing.” The new regulations begin on page 13-22
Please contact our code compliance officer Scott Gigrich at (651) 638-2061, or email Scott at [email protected].
Vision Silver Lake Road 2040 was the City's effort to identify specific characteristics that citizens and business owners would like to see incorporated into new development in areas guided for mixed use by the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
Public input opportunities specifically for Vision Silver Lake Road 2040 have closed, but there will be at least one public hearing on the zoning language that results from this study. Scheduling of that public hearing will occur in late 2022. Please reach out to the Assistant Director of Community Assets & Development, Ben Gozola, if you would like notification of this public hearing. If you are interested in seeing the feedback received over the course of this project, please visit the project website.
In 2019, the City of New Brighton concluded a 2+ year planning process by adopting the 2040 Comprehensive Plan which established a direction for community development over the next 20 years. As part of that plan, three (3) new mixed-use development nodes were established along the Silver Lake Road Corridor. The Vision Silver Lake Road 2040 project was essential to defining how future development should be allowed to occur within these Mixed Use Areas. Findings from this process will be translated into new zoning districts.
Zoning is the primary tool that Cities use to establish what can and cannot happen on every property within the City. Whereas a Comprehensive Plan identifies generally allowed uses throughout a community (i.e commercial, residential, industrial, mixed-use, etc), zoning regulations establish the specific standards development must follow in these areas. Examples of zoning standards include but are not limited to how large a building can be, where structures can be located, and how much parking is required for the use being established.
The three new mixed-use nodes on Silver Lake Road are near the intersections with Rice Creek Road, Interstate 694, and County Road E West. Please refer to the Vision Silver Lake Road 2040 project website for maps that illustrate the boundaries of each Mixed Use area.
A comprehensive plan establishes broad goals for the City and does not get into the granular detail handled by zoning. Vision Silver Lake Road 2040 was designed to be the necessary bridge between the comprehensive plan and zoning code which allowed landowners and surrounding members of the public an opportunity to provide direction on how development should be allowed to occur within these areas.
The Comprehensive Plan, which guided areas on Silver Lake Road for mixed use development, took 2.5 years to complete. Vision Silver Lake Road 2040 started in July of 2021, and is only now being completed over a year later. All told, nearly four years of meetings, discussions, and associated public input sessions have led to the creation of the mixed use zoning districts being prepared by the end of 2022.
No. Whether or not changes occur and when changes occur is wholly and completely up to the landowners of the City. Transitioning land use guidance from “commercial” to "mixed-use" simply expands options and opportunities for landowners which hopefully incentivizes investments sooner rather than later.
The decision on whether or not the redevelop a property, as always, remains with the landowner. The City has no control over the timing of private development projects.
Please email Ben Gozola or call him at 651-638-2059 and he will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your interest in this effort!
Surveys shall always be necessary for Proposals that require a land use application:
Exception: If the applicant is improving a property such that building footprints, hardcover, etc, will not change (i.e. building upwards) and an old to-scale survey or site plan already provides all information necessary to complete a review, the old survey or site plan may be accepted for the new land use process at staff's discretion.
If you have questions about the New Brighton Survey Policy, please email Ben Gozola.
Surveys are never required for: interior remodels, re-roofs, re-siding, windows/doors.
Surveys will be required for residential building projects unless the work qualifies for one of the following exclusions:
This final exception also applies to expansions that have been reviewed and approved through the land use process using an existing survey or site plan.
New residential construction will always require submittal of a survey to document the proposed grading extent, location of erosion control, proposed drainage following construction, etc. Exceptions to this rule include:
Floodplain Rule: Structures proposed within a floodplain and/or structures that will require grading within a floodplain will always require a survey.
Surveys will be required for commercial and industrial building projects unless the work qualifies for one of the following exclusions:
New commercial or industrial construction will always require submittal of a survey to document the proposed grading extent, location of erosion control, proposed drainage following construction, etc. Exceptions to this rule include:
Floodplain Rule: Structures proposed to be within a floodplain, and structures that will require grading within a floodplain, will always require a survey.
Applications for new construction or expansions of existing footprints will be required to provide an as-built grading survey if one of the following criteria apply:
When survey requirements apply to a project, the Department of Community Assets and Development staff is encouraged to use discretion to minimize survey costs whenever possible by excluding extraneous information that will be unnecessary for determining zoning compliance.
Sellers should make sure that potential buyers are aware of the ordinance either directly or through their broker.
If you are planning on selling a multiple-family rental housing building having five or more dwelling units where at least 20 percent of the units rent for an amount that qualifies as “affordable” in Ramsey County, additional requirements will apply. Please contact the Department of Community Assets and Development for more details.
If the property has three or more rental units, a new owner is required to comply with the requirements of the New Brighton Tenant Notification Ordinance.
New building owners are also responsible for obtaining a new rental license for the property regardless of whether the present owner has a license for the current year.
If you need any help understanding the ordinance or your next steps as a new owner, please contact the Department of Community Assets and Development. City staff wants to ensure all of your questions are answered well in advance of any sale.
This ordinance does not prohibit a new owner from taking the actions listed above. However, the owner would be required to pay resident relocation benefits if they issue lease non-renewals (without cause or due to re-screening), or take any of these actions during the 90-day tenant notification period and the resident gives the notice to move as a result.
If the new owner intends to increase rent, require existing tenants to be rescreened, terminate or not renew housing unit rental agreements, or impose a material change in the terms of the lease within the 30 days immediately following the end of the three-month tenant notification period, the owner must disclose this information to tenants within the required notice. Failure to do so may subject the owner to penalties as outlined in the Ordinance. After that time, the City of New Brighton Tenant Notification Ordinance would no longer apply and owners can manage the property in accordance with their preferred management practices.
You can renew the lease, but any rent increases must be effective following the expiration of the 90-day tenant notification period or the owner may be subject to paying relocation benefits.
If you have any questions related to the implementation of this ordinance or wish to file a complaint, please contact the Department of Community Assets and Development.
Properties containing three or more rental housing units at the time of sale must provide notice to all tenants and the City that a transfer of ownership has occurred. Once notice is provided, a three-month "tenant notification period" begins. During the 90-day period, the new owner may be required to pay relocation benefits to a tenant if the owner issues a non-renewal without cause or non-renewal due to rescreening. The new owner could also be subject to paying relocation assistance if they increase the rent, re-screen existing residents, or implement a material change to the lease resulting in a tenant giving the notice to terminate their lease.
Upon sale of a property, tenants in New Brighton are no longer subject to immediate changes to their rental terms that could impact their housing. Renters will be given a minimum of 90 days grace time before changes can be made by a new owner. If the required grace time is not provided by the new owner, a tenant may be entitled to relocation assistance in the amount of three months' rent.
The city is concerned about the displacement of tenants residing in properties that have been sold to a new owner. The ordinance creates a 90-day period of time in which residents can work with housing support resources and seek alternative housing if they are facing lease non-renewals without cause, unaffordable rent increases, new screening criteria requirements, or other material changes to their rental agreement that force a move.
The ordinance applies when a rental housing property with three or more rental units transfers ownership.
The new owner must notify all tenants and the City of New Brighton. The 90-day grace period begins upon receipt of the notice.
No, the ordinance applies to all housing buildings with three or more rental units regardless of the amount of rent charged or the tenant's income.
No. Provided the qualifying event triggering relocation assistance occurs within the 90-day notice period, relocation fees must be paid in accordance with the ordinance.
No, the ordinance only applies if the ownership of the property transfers.
A new owner would be required to pay relocation assistance if during the three-month tenant notification period the new owner:
Relocation assistance may also be required if material changes to lease terms are implemented by new ownership in the first 30 days immediately following the end of the three-month tenant notification period IF such changes were not disclosed in the notice.
If it is an actual transfer of ownership title that was not previously in place, it would be considered a sale and the ordinance would apply.
Yes, all housing properties with three or more rental units transferring ownership through the sale of the property would be required to comply with the ordinance. In the case of a foreclosed property, the three-month notification period will begin when the redemption period has expired and the new owner has taken possession of the property.
Unless otherwise advertised, meetings are held in the Council Chambers in the lower level of New Brighton City Hall. There are copies of meeting agendas available on the table outside the room. You are welcome to take one and follow along. There is also a single copy of the packet of meeting materials the City Council received to prepare for the meeting. You are welcome to look through it. However, we do ask that you not remove the packet or any of its pages as it is our archival copy and helps us build our city history. If you would like a copy of the packet of materials, you may download it for free on the New Brighton archive website or you may request a copy from the City Clerk's office using the Data Request form.
If you arrive after the meeting has already started, you are welcome to open the door and quietly find a seat in the audience.
The Mayor presides over the meeting. When it is time for the meeting to start, the mayor will take attendance and call the meeting to order. State law requires that a quorum, or majority, of the City Council be present in order to conduct city business. If there is not a quorum, by law the meeting may not proceed.
The Mayor will lead the City Council in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. As a member of the audience, you will be asked to stand and participate.
The Mayor will ask if anyone in the audience wishes to address the City Council. If you would like to speak to the City Council, you are welcome to raise your hand. When you are recognized by the Mayor, you may approach the podium located in the center of the room. Please begin your comments by citing your name and address for the public record. Speakers are asked to limit their comments to three minutes. If you have a handout, brochure, or letter you would like to submit to the City Council at this time, please do not approach the City Council dais. Instead, let the Mayor know from the podium. She will have a staff member come and get the handouts from you.
The meeting agenda becomes official after it is approved by the City Council. City Council members reserve the right to ask that an item be added to or removed from the agenda. If such a request is made, the City Council will vote on this proposal using parliamentary procedures. Proposed changes could be approved or denied.
Minutes, once approved, are the official record of the city meetings. The City Council has an opportunity to make corrections and clarification their meeting minutes before approving them.
The City Council also publicly acknowledges receipt of official copies of approved commission minutes.
During this portion of the meeting, the Mayor may make proclamations or speakers from outside agencies may present reports or other information to the City Council. Law enforcement officers or newly elected officials take their oaths of office during this portion of the meeting as well.
The City Council will vote on a variety of routine business items with one motion.
Minnesota state law requires cities to hold public hearings when it is considering certain kinds of city business. Often, these public hearings are held during Planning Commission meetings. Other times, they will be held during a City Council meeting. During a public hearing, there will generally be a report delivered by a city staff member followed by a brief discussion of the City Council. The Mayor will then invite members of the public to comment on the business item at hand. As with the Public Comment Forum held at the beginning of the meeting, when the Mayor asks if anyone wishes to speak, raise your hand. When she calls on you, you may approach the podium and you will be asked to limit your comments to three minutes. When all comments have been heard, the City Council will resume their discussion and may bring the item to a vote.
Generally, staff will deliver a presentation providing background information to the City Council. The City Council will discuss the item and either direct the City manager to have staff return with more information or they will put the item to a vote.
Sometimes, the City Council will consider ordinances - either as a business item or as part of the consent agenda. Ordinances don't just provide a direction to staff or establish a policy. Ordinances are legal documents that establish fees, change the official city map or are incorporated into City Code and change New Brighton's municipal laws.
City Council members and the City Manager share items of interest and provide updates about the activities of committees and commissions they serve on.
The City Council formally ends the meeting.
If you wish to leave before the meeting has formally ended, you may quietly do so at any time.
You can find information about the City Council, its members, and meetings on the City Council page.
City Council and Commission meetings are live-streamed and televised on New Brighton's cable channel 16 by CTV: North Suburbs. Meeting agendas and packets can also be downloaded from the CTV website.
We are unable to obtain a read from your water meter. Most likely, the transmitter device that allows us to read your meter remotely is no longer working. Please contact Utility Billing at 651-638-2129 to schedule an appointment for us to fix the issue.
The appointment should only take about 30 minutes and the $125 No Read Fee will be removed if the appointment is completed within 6 months.
Meter reads are obtained by a radio remote that communicates with a collection antenna, which will send water usage information through the internet without needing to access your property.
The City switched to the radio remote method meters in the fall of 2018 and has nearly replaced all meters as of 2022.
The City of New Brighton offers a variety of options to pay your utility bill. Please see the Payment Options page for details.
Following is the 2023 mixed rate plan for quarterly utility bills, effective January 1, 2023:
Single-Family, Two-Family, and Townhome Residential Properties:
The flat rate quarterly charge, which includes up to 8,000 gallons, is $32.16 for water and $44.16 for sewer.
Note: Street Light and Stormwater rates are billed per lot for single and two-family properties, and per unit for townhome properties.
All Other Properties:
The flat rate quarterly charge, which includes up to 8,000 gallons, is $41.52 for water and $59.92 for sewer.
The City bills residential sewer usage based on the winter quarter billing method. The winter quarter is used to establish sewer charges through the rest of the year because it provides a fair measure of normal usage and avoids seasonal factors such as lawn sprinkling.
The City is divided into three billing districts. The first digit of your account number determines your billing district.
It is important to note that the utility charges are the responsibility of the property owner no matter who is living there. It is a good idea to make sure any past due utility charges are addressed by your title company or real estate agent.
When buying or selling a home in New Brighton, notify us of the change by using the moving form or calling the Finance Department at 651-638-2101. A final meter reading will be scheduled on or near the closing date. Once the final read is taken, a final bill will be processed for the former owner. After this bill has been prepared, the new owner's information will be added to the account. If it is a new home, the Utility Billing staff will make sure the account is created and the billing started.
New Brighton's water restriction program has different levels and the level of the ban will be based on daily water usage monitored by the city, a ten-day weather forecast, pumping capacity and other factors.
While the green level ban is in place, New Brighton residents using municipal water are restricted to an odd/even watering ban. Residents of even-numbered homes may water only on even-numbered days of the month. Residents of odd-numbered homes may water only on odd-numbered days of the month.
While the yellow level ban is in place, New Brighton residents using municipal water are still restricted to an odd/even watering ban. However, a time-of-day watering ban is also enacted, prohibiting watering from 6 am to 9 pm each day. In addition, New Brighton residents are prohibited from filling swimming pools and residential car washing. Water monitors are actively deployed and violators are ticketed.
While the red level ban is in place, all outdoor water use is prohibited, including all sprinkling and watering, filling swimming pools and residential car washing. Water monitors are actively deployed and violators are ticketed.
Certification occurs when a resident has a balance over $100 that is 90 days or more overdue. Certifications are processed in June and November. This amount is removed from the property owner's water bill and sent to Ramsey County. Ramsey County will add this amount, in addition to a penalty charge, to the property taxes. Once certified, any payment that an owner would like to have applied to the certified amount must be paid directly to Ramsey County.
The best way to determine if you have a leak is to turn off all faucets, showers, dishwashers, or anything that uses water. Read the meter, then wait 30 minutes and read it again. If the reading on the meter increased, you may have a leak and will need to contact a plumber.
The best way to keep your utility costs down is to conserve water.
Here are some suggestions on how:
The bottom portion of your bill will read, “Autopay – Do Not Pay”.
To cast an absentee ballot by mail, apply online on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.
If you prefer to apply for a mailed absentee ballot using a paper application, return your completed absentee ballot application, view the ballot applications, by mail to: PO Box 64098, Saint Paul, MN 55164; by email to the elections department; by fax to 651-266-2177; or, in-person to Ramsey County Elections 90 Plato Boulevard W Suite 160 Saint Paul.
If you have not received an absentee ballot within 7 days of requesting one, please contact Ramsey County Elections directly at 651-266-2171.
Return your ballot by mail using the addressed envelope provided with your ballot.
You may also return your ballot in person to Ramsey County Elections offices located at 90 Plato Boulevard; Saint Paul MN or to Room 209 at the New Brighton Community Center located at 400 10th Street during scheduled absentee/early voting hours. NOTE: Ballots can only be returned to election judges in the absentee voting room at the NBCC during absentee/early voting hours. They may not be left with other staff members or locations. Doing so may cause your ballot to be rejected.
You may return your ballot before 3 pm in person to
New Brighton City Hall (803 Old Highway 8 NW; New Brighton MN) OR
Ramsey County Elections Offices (90 Plato Boulevard Suite 160; St. Paul MN).
Please note that state law does not allow ballots to be returned in person after 3 pm on Election Day. State law also does not allow absentee ballots to be returned to your regular polling location.
If you did not return your absentee ballot by 3 pm on Election Day, you may still cast a ballot in person at your assigned polling location. Alternately, you can hire a delivery service to deliver your absentee ballot to Ramsey County Elections at 90 Plato Boulevard Suite 160 in St. Paul. Please note that it must be received before 8 pm on Election Day. State law requires that absentee ballots be received by 3 pm on Election Day if dropped off in person. However, state law allows absentee ballots to be accepted until 8 pm if delivered to County offices by a professional delivery service.
Military and overseas voters can use a special process to get and return their ballots. Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's website to learn more.
New Brighton residents may vote before Election Day beginning 46 days before each election. You do not need to provide a reason for voting early.
New Brighton voters may cast an absentee ballot for the November 8, 2022 Election in person at the New Brighton Community Center in Room 209 (upper level) the following dates and times:
In-Person Absentee Voting
New Brighton Community Center in Room 209
September 23, 2022 - October 31, 2022
Monday through Friday from 8:00am - 4:30pm
Early Voting *
* During the Early Voting period, voters may place their ballots directly into the ballot counter. Please note that we typically experience larger voter turnout during the Early Voting period. We process voters through as quickly as we can but be prepared for a line. New Brighton voters - and voters from other cities in Ramsey County - may also cast their ballot early at any Ramsey County operated absentee / early vote center.
Visit the Ramsey County Elections website for other locations and hours.
Note: Unfortunately, the City of New Brighton is unable to offer voting options for our Community Center visitors from other cities this year. We continue to advocate for expanded location access and hope to be able to offer this service again in 2024. Thank you for your understanding.
Unfortunately, the City of New Brighton is unable to offer voting options for our Community Center visitors from other cities this year. Visit the Ramsey County Elections website for locations and hours.
We continue to advocate for expanded location access and hope to be able to offer in-person absentee voting services for our neighboring communities again in 2024. Thank you for your understanding.
You may vote early and place your ballot directly into a Ballot Counter in Room 209 at the New Brighton Community Center located at 400 10th St NW; New Brighton MN 55112 the follow dates and times:
* During the Early Voting period, voters may place their ballots directly into the ballot counter. Please note that we typically experience larger voter turnout during the Early Voting period. We process voters through as quickly as we can but be prepared for a line. New Brighton voters - and voters from other cities in Ramsey County - may also cast their ballot early at any Ramsey County operated absentee / early vote center.
Visit the Ramsey County Elections website for other Early Voting locations, dates, and hours.
To vote in Minnesota, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on Election Day, and a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days. If you had a felony conviction, you can vote if you have finished all parts of your sentence, including probation or parole.
Paying out-of-state tuition or having a driver's license from another state does not necessarily mean you can't vote in Minnesota.
You should register to vote from the address you currently consider home. For many students, this is likely a school address or a parent's house. If you still go back to visit but no longer consider it your home, then you should register to vote where you live at school.
If you moved to Minnesota from another state and currently consider Minnesota your home, you can vote here even if you pay out-of-state tuition or have a driver's license from another state.
If you do not consider your school address to be your home, you can apply to vote by mail with an absentee ballot. Minnesota voters can apply online; otherwise, visit your home state's election website.
You must be registered to vote at your current address. It is best to register before Election Day, but it is not required. To register on Election Day, you must show proof of your name and current address.
See the candidates and questions that will be on your ballot.
Find out where you vote. Most polling places are open from 7 am to 8 pm
If your voter registration is current and active, you do not need to bring identification. This means you were successfully registered at least 21 days before Election Day and you have not moved or changed names since then.
If you need to register or update your registration, or you have not voted in four years or more, you will need to show proof of residence before you vote.
You can vote early at your local elections office starting 46 days before Election Day. You can also apply to have an absentee ballot sent to you in the mail.
Have an absentee ballot emailed to you wherever you are in the world. Learn how by viewing the Vote from Military or Abroad website.