City Services & Department Updates
Read information below related to COVID-19 impacts on city services, such as permits and inspections, parks and recreation, recycling, yard waste and more.
Garage Sale and Solicitor Permits
The City Council has temporarily suspended the following:
- City park shelter and pavilion rentals.
- Garage sale permits.
- Door-to-door solicitor permits, including permits for non-profit organizations.
Permits and Inspections
If you need assistance applying for or processing a permit, please call 651-792-7800. Visit Building and Permits to download and print a permit application. Completed applications can be sent by email to email@example.com, or by fax to 651-634-5137. Special accommodations may be made for larger, more complex permits on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the front desk to make prior arrangements.
Public Works Sanitary Sewer Alert
Alternatives to toilet paper will clog the city’s sanitary sewer system. Only flush toilet paper! The following products are not acceptable to flush down your toilet: paper towels, facial tissue, baby wipes, flushable wipes and other similar items.
Parks and Recreation
Effective April 14, all Parks and Recreation spring and summer programs and classes are cancelled. Refunds are being processed. See cancellation notice for details.
Recreation Activities During COVID-19
Although Parks and Recreation programs have been cancelled, the Parks and Recreation Department has compiled a list of indoor, outdoor and online activities for people of all ages, including seniors. Additional activities will be added throughout the coming weeks.
Note: Important information regarding the use of parks and trails.
Closed city park playgrounds were reopened on May 20. Playground equipment is not regularly cleaned or sanitized, use at your own risk. There are 22 miles of trails in Arden Hills and 14 parks for residents to enjoy. Please practice social distancing by maintaining six feet of distance between other people, which may mean walking or biking in single file on trails. Families should ensure children wash hands after being outdoors, avoid group play and maintain social distancing. The National Recreation and Parks Association has released guidelines for park and trail use during this time.
Park Shelter Rentals Temporarily Suspended
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the City Council has temporarily suspended the city park shelter and pavilion rentals. Call Joe Vaughan at 651-792-7848 to add your name to a list for future facility rentals. Residents should check with Ramsey County on rentals at Tony Schmidt Regional Park and Lake Josephine County Park. These suspensions are temporary, pending future guidance from the State or City Council.
Athletic fields may be available for use. All users will need to comply with the State’s guidance and seek approval from the city. Contact Joe Vaughan at 651-792-7848 for an application and to submit a return-to-play plan for clubs and teams.
Please place all waste materials in your trash and recycling bins. Republic Services and some city trash haulers are temporarily collecting cart contents only to limit employee contact with materials. Material placed beside your carts will not be collected.
Compost Bin Sale
The year-round pick-up option for compost bin sales has been suspended in order to follow CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidance on social distancing. However, the May 2, 2020 distribution event is still scheduled. Residents should remain in their vehicles, and staff will place the compost bin in their trunk. This allows residents and staff to follow social distancing guidance.
Event Recycling Containers
The lending program for temporary recycling containers has been suspended.
The March, April, May and June Fix-it Clinics have been canceled.
Food Scraps Collection
Food Scraps Collection sites are open at this time. Please follow the social distancing guidance recommended by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health if more than one person is dropping off food scraps at the same time. The CDC and MDH recommend keeping six feet of space between yourself and others.
Household Hazardous Waste
The Product Reuse Center at the year-round site at 5 Empire Drive in Saint Paul is currently close and all Household Hazardous Waste collection sites are temporarily closed. See site map.
Recycling services are still being provided. Please follow your regular pick-up schedule. For more information, contact your city or your recycling service provider.
Medicine collection sites are open at this time with the exception of North St. Paul and White Bear Lake. The CDC and MDH recommend keeping six feet of space between yourself and others, if more than one person is dropping off unwanted medicine at the same time.
Reuse and Donation Resources
Due to the COVID-19 response, store hours and policies may have temporarily changed. Please contact businesses directly for accurate, up-to-date information. Visit the Reuse and Donation Resources webpage.
Ramsey County Yard Waste Sites are open, including the Arden Hills site, as follows: M, W, F, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; T and Th Closed; S, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..; Su 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The CDC and MDH recommend keeping six feet of space between yourself and others when visiting the sites.
Master Gardeners’ Booths
Master Gardeners’ booths at county yard waste sites have been postponed, as a part of the county’s COVID-19 response.