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Proposed Change to Waste Container Ordinance

Did you know? Waste containers stored in public view is the most common violation type in the city each year in residential neighborhoods.


Brooklyn Park city code currently requires all waste containers to be stored out of public view.  Recently, cities around the metro have updated their waste container storage requirements allowing more storage options for residents before and after pick-up day.

Currently, the city receives complaints from a small number of residents for waste containers stored in public view. This requires city inspectors to dedicate large amounts of time and resources on small pockets in the community. As a result, certain neighborhoods are getting more enforcement and inspectors do not have time to focus on bigger neighborhood issues that impact livability citywide.


Most other surrounding cities currently allow side yard storage without screening. Below is a map showing which do and do not allow side yard storage in this way.

Barriers to compliance

Maintaining long-term compliance (waste containers stored out of view at all times) can be difficult for residents due to a variety of factors:

  • Seasonal changes – waste container storage locations can fluctuate during the summer and winter months.
  • Residents with physical limitations struggle to stay in compliance.
  • Some properties present challenges to meeting the code.
  • Single-car garages, screening options can be a problem for some residents because of the shape of their lot, fence location limitations, or cost of installation.

Proposed changes

The proposed ordinance amendment would allow a third option for residents to store their waste containers in the side yard at single- and two-family properties. This amendment will also help address some the factors mentioned above that bring properties in and out of compliance.

The proposed change does not allow:

  • Waste containers to be overflowing
  • Accumulations of bags of waste stored outside of a container
  • Litter and trash to blow around the neighborhood
  • Lessen the rules/bylaws at Homeowner Associations. These rules can remain in place

Process and timeline

1972 – Ordinance was enacted

2010 – Council voted to disallow screening with vegetation

June 6, 2022 – Council work session. City Council was in favor of the additional storage option in the side yard and bringing back vegetation as a screening material

August 1, 2022 – Presentation at the joint Commission/Council meeting

August 22, 2022 – Public hearing and first reading is Monday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers

September 12, 2022 – The second reading is on Monday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers

Submit feedback

Do you have feedback to share about the proposed amendment? Please fill out the form linked below.


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