City of Newport
596 7th Avenue
Newport, MN 55055
Phone: (651) 459-5677
Fax: (651) 459-9883
ORDINANCES & REGULATIONS
Below is information pertaining to some of Newport's most commonly enforced ordinances.
Animals Running at Large
No owner shall permit any dog, farm animal, wild or exotic animal to run at large.
Accessory Buildings / Garages
A property may contain no more than two accessory buildings, including garages or sheds. The total square footage of the accessory buildings combined can be no larger than the footprint of the livable area of the house. No detached accessory structure shall be located in any required front yard and must meet the setback requirements outlined in Section 1340.03. No garages or accessory buildings in the RE District shall be placed any closer to the public right-of-way than the principal structure on the lot.
Exterior Storage / Garbage
In efforts to keep the community an attractive place to live, an owner or occupant of a dwelling may not allow garbage, equipment, personal property, or any other type of storage to accumulate on a property.
Fences in residential zones may be placed along a property line providing no physical damage of any kind results to the abutting property. The side of the fence considered being the face, or the finished side, shall face the abutting property. Fences in the front yard shall be one color or pattern and may be no more than four feet in height. Fences may be no more than six feet in height in a side or rear yard, unless the side or rear lot line is common with the front yard of an abutting lot, in which case the portion of the side or rear lot line equal to the required front yard of the abutting lot may have a fence no more than four feet in height. You can view all of the fence regulations in Section 1330.05, Subd. 16 of the Zoning Code.
For your safety, house numbers are required to be displayed at your residence. If it is not possible for you to display the numbers on the home itself because it is set back too far, a sign with proper numbers may be placed on a post in the front yard, plainly visible from the street. A street number on a mailbox is not satisfactory for safety purposes.
If a vehicle is not in operable condition or is partially dismantled, it is deemed an inoperable or junk vehicle. This ordinance also includes any vehicle not properly licensed by the State with current registration. If such vehicle is on one's property, it must be stored in a garage or accessory building.
Newport City Ordinance prohibits residents from disposing of refuse, leaves, or other debris by open burning. Recreational fires are allowed, as long as they are no larger than three feet in height and three feet in diameter, they are no closer than 25' to a building, structure, or combustible material, including a fence, are no closer than 10' to a property line, and a means of extinguishing the fire is present while the fire is burning. Only unpainted and untreated wood, coal, or charcoal shall be burned.
Paving / Driveways
All parking areas and driveways must be paved with asphalt, concrete, or other materials as approved by the City Engineer. Coal-tar based sealer is prohibited. Non-paved driveways shall be paved prior to the sale of a property, except for properties whose main access is a non-paved roadway.There may be only one driveway per lot.
No signs shall be erected or temporarily placed within any street right-of-way or upon any public easements, with the exception of campaign signs. Fore more specific criteria pertaining to signs, please see Section 1380 of the City of Newport Code of Ordinances.
Storage of Recreational Vehicles / Equipment
Recreational vehicles and equipment shall be stored within a building, unless the equipment is operable and licensed. In such case, units may be parked or stored on property outside a building as follows:
Only vehicles belonging to the property owner may be stored at the property.
The City does not impose a watering ban at any time. Watering may be done as necessary.
Winter Parking Ban
A winter parking ban is in effect on all City streets beginning October 1st and ending April 30th. This parking ban prohibits on-street parking between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.