Property Owner Resources
The City of Burnsville has goals to promote and encourage the upgrade, enhancement, and maintenance of existing housing stock; to partner with organizations to achieve affordable homeownership; and to have a diverse mix of housing types throughout the city. To achieve these goals, we aim to help homeowners build a basic knowledge of the resources available to residents of Burnsville and Dakota County.
For licensing look-up:
- Department of Labor and Industry DOLI License and Contractor look-up
- State Board of Architecture License look-up includes architects, engineers, surveyors, interior designers, landscape architects.
- To check city licensed HVAC contractor call building inspections at (952) 895-4400.
To find a contractor, architect, surveyor, etc:
- Burnsville Chamber of Commerce
- Better Business Bureau
- Angies list (now Angi) (requires registration)
- Nextdoor (requires registration)
To assist with residential plan design there are many resources and software available online. A search for “home design software” or “home planning software” will yield many results. Some of these you can rent just for the duration of your project or buy for nominal fee. And you may come across some that are free. A search of “permit plan drawings” will get you many resources on how to draw up plans yourself. If you have questions about what is required for our permit, please call us.
Additional Educational Resources:
Visit the Attorney General’s Office for additional information on how to hire residential contractors, recommended contract information, manufactured homes, and where to go to check for licensing requirements.
Manufactured homes are regulated by HUD (Federal Housing Agency) and the State Building Code. They have different requirements than a non-manufactured home. For information on manufacturing homes visit:
Housing Rental Assistance
Since 1975, the Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) has been dedicated to providing local, state and federal rental assistance programs to residents of Dakota County. These rental assistance programs bring together participants and private market property owners to provide affordable housing options for low-and modest-income households.
First-Time Homebuyer and Homebuyer Education Programs
Since 1983, the Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) has helped more than 5,000 Dakota County residents purchase their first homes. For more information on down payment & closing cost assistance, interest rates, and more, check out the First Time Homebuyer Program. Potential homebuyers can also educate themselves on the unknowns of homeownership by participating in the CDA’s Homebuyer Education Workshops.
Home Improvement Loan
The Dakota County Community Development Agency’s Home Improvement Loan Program assists low- and moderate-income homeowners with making repairs and improvements to their homes.
Homeowner Building Workshop Credit
Burnsville’s Building and Proactive Inspections divisions offer workshops providing tips, ticks and information to help set expectations about home renovation projects. Those who attend are eligible for a $25 discount on their next building permit. Watch for information on upcoming workshops on the City’s event calendar.
Mortgage Foreclosure Program
The Dakota County Community Development Agency offers a free Mortgage Foreclosure Advisory Program for homeowners having difficulty making their mortgage payment. Applicants must be residents of Dakota County.
Septic System Program
The Dakota County Community Development Agency offers a septic system tax assessment loan program to ease the financial burden to homeowners who are upgrading a failing septic system.
Weatherization & Energy Efficiency Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program and Energy Assistance Program are administered, in part, by the Scott-Carver-Dakota Community Action Partnership.
DARTS volunteers and staff can assist seniors with home services such as outdoor chores, home repairs and light housekeeping. DARTS also provides transportation and caregiver support.
Grace United Methodist Church
Grace United Methodist Church has parishioners interested in assisting homeowners in need with minor repairs and landscaping. For more information or to request assistance email Wayne Trainor or call 952-201-4043.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity works to bring affordable housing to Twin Cities area communities and the families that live in them. They build, repair and sell homes to families with an affordable mortgage while connecting them to the community through our neighborhood revitalization projects.
Habitat for Humanity | A Brush of Kindness
This program makes it easier for veterans and current service members to receive home repairs. This includes exterior painting, health and safety repairs, home modifications for aging in place, and more. They must have lived in their home for at least one year, instead of the two-year requirement for other homeowners.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore Program
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore home improvement outlets are open to the public, and sales generated from the stores support the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Inventory includes donated cabinets, appliances, furniture, windows, doors, lighting, tools, and more.
Hearts & Hammers - Twin Cities, Inc.
Hearts & Hammers is a private non-profit organization that provides exterior painting and home improvement assistance for senior and physically disabled homeowners. Assistance is provided at no cost and is completed during Program Day events in May and September.
On the first weekend in August, Metro Paint-A-Thon rallies volunteer teams from corporations, congregations, and civic groups to paint the homes of low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
Raingardens and Landscaping
Landscaping for Clean Water workshops provide residents the opportunity to learn more about native plantings which are a low maintenance landscaping option. The Neighborhood Water Resources Grant provides funding opportunities for landscaping projects that benefit local water quality, which includes raingardens, shorelines restorations and native plantings.
Help us reduce our community’s energy use and save money on your utility bills. The City of Burnsville is paying half the cost for a Home Energy Squad visit for the first 200 residents that schedule a visit. Call 651-328-6220 or learn more and sign up online.
What is a Home Energy Squad visit?
The first step is a free virtual visit with the Home Energy Squad (HES). During a virtual visit, an energy consultant will guide customers on a walk-through assessment of their homes via video chat. They will receive energy-saving tips to start saving energy right away and recommendations for next steps.
If the virtual visit team thinks your home could benefit from an in-home visit they will recommend one of two types, an Energy Saver Visit (typically for newer homes) or an Energy Planner Visit. Both visits include installation of energy saving materials such as LED lightbulbs, door and attic hatch weather stripping, programmable thermostat and high efficiency water fixtures.
If your home has an opportunity for significant savings through larger home improvement projects such as additional insulation, attic air sealing, or replacing old heating equipment, the energy advisors make these larger steps easy by connecting you with a vetted list of qualified contractors, specialized financing and utility rebates.
To schedule a Home Energy Squad visit, ask questions or learn more visit the Home Energy Squad website or call 651-328-6220.
Home Energy Squad is provided by CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy and delivered by the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), a Minnesota nonprofit.