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How do I apply for a homestead classification?
Who qualifies for a homestead classification?
When should I apply for a homestead?
Why must I provide my Social Security number?
How many homesteads may I claim?
Is there anything else I should know?
What is the rate increase for 2014?
What community events does Plymouth have each year?
Options to Backyard Composting
Are barbeque grills allowed on balconies?
Do I need to put a smoke detector in every room? How many do I need?
How do I reserve a ball field for my team?
How do I reserve a picnic shelter for a group event?
How do I register my child for classes or team sports?
How do I become a Plymouth firefighter?
What does it cost to use the Plymouth Life Time Fitness?
How do I apply for program assistance?
How can I find out about recreational opportunities in Plymouth?
How do I or my organization become a vendor or a sponsor for a special event or recreation program?
How do I add or change family account information?
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Q: How do I apply for a homestead classification?
A:
  • Provide a copy of the deed and certificate of real estate value or the document recording numbers, usually provided in your closing packet.
  • Provide Social Security numbers of all owners, spouses and/or qualified relatives who live in the property.
  • Apply in person at the Assessing Division, located in City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. or at the Hennepin County Assessor's Office, 300 S. 6th Street, Minneapolis.
  • If you cannot apply in person, download a copy of the application form (PDF), attach all required items and fax or mail to the Plymouth Assessing Division.
Q: Who qualifies for a homestead classification?
A:

To qualify, you must:

  • Be the owner or a qualifying relative* of at least one of the owners; and
  • Occupy the property as your primary residence; and
  • Be a Minnesota resident. In the case of a qualified relative, the owner need not be a Minnesota resident.

    (*To qualify for a relative homestead, you must be the owner’s son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, stepchild, parent, parent-in-law, stepparent, grandchild, grandparent, grandparent-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew.)
Q: When should I apply for a homestead?
A:

It’s a good idea to apply as soon as you move into your new home so that you don’t forget.

To qualify for a full-year homestead classification, homeowners must own and occupy their home on or before Dec. 1. The filing deadline is Dec. 15.

Q: Why must I provide my Social Security number?
A:
Even though Social Security numbers are private information, under Minnesota law they must be provided before a homestead will be granted. Social Security numbers will be used to determine if owners or relatives of owners have applied for more than one homestead in the state.
Q: How many homesteads may I claim?
A:
One. Other properties you own may have a homestead classification if occupied by a qualifying relative. For more information, contact the assessor’s office in the community or county where the property is located.
Q: Is there anything else I should know?
A:
Every homestead is unique. You are encouraged to contact the Plymouth Assessing Division with any questions you may have or refer to Minnesota Statute Chapter 273.124.
Q: What is the rate increase for 2014?
A:
Water rates increased 2.5% in 2014.
Sewer rates increased 2.0% in 2014.
Q: What community events does Plymouth have each year?
A:
Plymouth sponsors several large community events. They include: the Plymouth Fire & Ice Festival  in February; the Primavera Fine Art Show in April; Music in Plymouth in early July; the Plymouth on Parade in September; Halloween at the Creek in October; and the Plymouth Arts Fair in November; and Old Fashioned Christmas and the New Year's Eve event in December. In addition, the city sponsors free, outdoor concerts at Parkers Lake Park  and at the Hilde Performance Center in June, July and August.
Q: Options to Backyard Composting
A:

Licensed garbage haulers in Plymouth provide curbside yard waste pick up service to their customers. According to state law, yard waste must be placed in a cart or a compostable bag made of kraft paper or compostable plastic.

Plymouth residents may bring leaves, brush, tree and garden waste to the Plymouth Yard Waste Site.

Q: Are barbeque grills allowed on balconies?
A:
No. Barbeque grills may not be used on above ground balconies. They are also prohibited on ground floor patios adjacent to or within 15 feet of any unit in a building that has two or more vertically stacked residential units. In addition, propane should never be stored in a building or confined space.
Q: Do I need to put a smoke detector in every room? How many do I need?
A:

Smoke detectors should be placed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. On floors without bedrooms, detectors should be installed in or near living areas such as dens, living rooms or family rooms.

New construction requires smoke detectors to be placed in every bedroom. When alterations, repairs or additions requiring a permit, or when one or more sleeping rooms are added or created in existing dwellings, the individual dwelling unit shall be provided with smoke detectors located as required for new dwellings. The smoke detectors shall be interconnected and hardwired.

Exceptions:

  1. Smoke detectors in existing areas shall not be required to be interconnected and hardwired where the alterations or repairs do not result in the removal of interior wall or ceiling finishes exposing the structure.
  2. Work on the exterior surfaces of dwellings, such as roofing and siding.

For more information, call the Building Inspections Division at 763-509-5430.

Q: How do I reserve a ball field for my team?
A:
Call Parks and Recreation at 763-509-5280 to reserve a ball field for your team.
Q: How do I reserve a picnic shelter for a group event?
A:
Call Parks and Recreation at 763-509-5200 to reserve either the Parkers Lake North Picnic shelter, Parkers Lake Park Pavillion or the Bass Lake Park Shelter. Rental applications are available here.
Q: How do I register my child for classes or team sports?
A:

All recreational opportunities are publicized in the city's activity guide. There are several ways to register:

  1. Online registration is available once your family is entered into our system. Please call 763-509-5200 to learn how to obtain a participant identification number.
  2. You may also charge classes over the phone using Discover, MasterCard, American Express or VISA during office hours.
  3. You may register for programs by completing the registration forms in the booklet and mailing them in with your payment.
  4. In addition, you can register in person at City Hall during office hours of Monday-Friday, 8-4:30 p.m.
Q: How do I become a Plymouth firefighter?
A:

The Plymouth Fire Department typically hires paid-on-call firefighters on an annual basis.

For more information, visit the Fire Department page and click on the Becoming a Firefighter link.

If you have questions, please call Heidi Sanderson at 763-509-5122.

Q: What does it cost to use the Plymouth Life Time Fitness?
A:

Residents of Plymouth and the Wayzata School District do not need to be members to use Life Time Fitness. Instead, they may opt to pay a daily fee.

Plymouth residents and non-residents may also purchase a membership from Life Time Fitness. To check availability, please call 763-509-0909.

For more information, click here.

Q: How do I apply for program assistance?
A:
Program assistance dollars are available to assist families who meet income guidelines. These funds are available to Plymouth residents only. It is the policy of the City of Plymouth to provide services to all residents regardless of sex, race, color, national origin, ability or financial status. Guidelines provide for two programs per child (under 18) per seasonal recreation brochure. The discount is 75%, with maximum assistance for any one program of $75. Life Time Fitness discount passes are available to all ages with a limit of eight passes per year per individual. Limited funds are available for the assistance program, and assistance is subject to availability of these funds. To apply, you must submit a program assistance form (PDF).
Q: How can I find out about recreational opportunities in Plymouth?
A:
The Parks & Recreation Activities Guide publishes courses sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department. This guide is mailed to Plymouth residents three times a year. By subscribing to the guide for $9 per year, non-residents can receive the mailing as well.
Q: How do I or my organization become a vendor or a sponsor for a special event or recreation program?
A:
  • For inquiries on becoming a vendor at a special event, call 763-509-5200 or submit a request.
  • Click here for more information on sponsoring events.
Q: How do I add or change family account information?
A:
  • To add a member or update any account information, call 763-509-5200 or submit a request via email. Online Registration does not have family account editing capabilities.
  • Only family members living in your household may be added to your account.
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