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Permits are required for additions, decks, porches, finishing basements, replacing doors & windows of different sizes, interior renovations or repair that include structural modifications, demolition work, accessory structures, swimming pools and re-siding. All HVAC systems require permits, including all gas appliances & equipment, wood stoves, etc. A building permit and/or a zoning permit may be required when a building use is changed.
Separate plumbing and electrical systems permits are required for the installation, alteration, relocation, replacement, or addition to any wiring, piping, or equipment or appliances associated with those systems.
Electrical permits are issued and inspections are performed by the North Dakota State Electrical Board (701) 499-1549.
Plumbing permits are issued and inspections are performed by the North Dakota State Plumbing Board (701) 799-1555.
Permits are not required to paint a house (interior or exterior), hang wallpaper, replace cabinets and do similar finish work. Permits are also not required to build an accessory building having a floor area of 120 square feet or less, install concrete sidewalks and patios entirely on your property. Finally, permits are not required to insulate an existing building where no structural changes are made.
If you have questions about whether you need a permit for the project you have in mind or to see if it meets zoning requirements, contact the Building department.
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For issues concerning excess garbage, please contact the public works department.
Residents can also call 701-515-5400 to report an issue or submit an online contact form.
In West Fargo, the City of West Fargo collects residential garbage and Waste Management collects residential recycling. The city is divided into five different zones, each with its own collection day (see Sanitation Zones Map). Garbage is collected once a week and recycling is collected every other week.
On collection day, up to three trucks will visit your residence to collect garbage and recycling - a City of West Fargo garbage truck, a City of West Fargo large material truck and a Waste Management, Inc. recycling truck.
The time your materials are collected may vary week to week. Therefore, residents should place their materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day and allow the trucks until 5 p.m. to pick up the materials.
If your collection day falls on a holiday, your revised garbage and recycling days may be different. Please see the holiday calendar for further information.
For questions about garbage collection, please contact the City of West Fargo public works department (701-515-5400).
For questions about recycling collection, please call Waste Management (1-888-960-0008).
For more information about residential garbage and recycling, visit the Sanitation and Recycling page.
If you have any questions or concerns with a current city construction project please visit westfargostreets.com or contact the public works department.
City standards for service can be viewed under the Sewer and Water Services city ordinances (Chapter 9).
To officially request services you can use the standard Request for Improvements form as a guideline. Residents can submit their request for improvement to the City Administrator.
For questions regarding the ordinances or submitting a request, please contact the City Administrator.
Legally, the City of West Fargo has no jurisdiction in rear-yard drainage issues. Only certain catch basins within City easements can be addressed. If there is a problem at a catch basin, contact the Public Works department. For other drainage issues, such as excess fill or other blockages, the first course of action is to contact your neighbors.
The City Engineer can help mediate in backyard drainage problems, such as providing recommendations to help rectify or improve the situation, but cannot make enforceable decisions.
It is unlawful for any citizen of West Fargo to push or blow snow into the streets, boulevard or public property. If you see a resident doing this, please contact Code Enforcement.
Yes, we have several retail sites, office sites and industrial sites available to fit any commercial need. Contact the Economic Development department for more details.
Yes! If you plan to dig more than a foot into the ground you must call North Dakota One Call first. North Dakota One Call was put in place to save lives by locating underground utilities. The service is free to homeowners and it takes about five minutes to answer the questions. To prepare for the call, please gather:
The number is 1-800-795-0555 or simply 8-1-1.
Sirens are tested at a variety of times to ensure they are functioning properly:
If the sirens are activated in West Fargo, at other times than these, please check your local news and radio stations for emergency messages. The sirens are not used only for tornadoes, but also used to alert the public of other types of severe weather emergencies and other types of dangerous conditions that may occur.
If you would like your monthly bill emailed, please send us an email and provide your preferred email address along with your service address.
Residents can also sign up for automatic payments following these instructions.
The City of West Fargo provides residents the following utilities and services, which are billed monthly:
Utility and city services bills can be paid via mail, drop-off locations, online or as an automatic payment with a pre-authorized checking or savings account. The City of West Fargo accepts cash, check, money order, automatic bank account payments, credit card or debit card for payment. Please note, a 3% convenience fee will be added for any credit card and debit card payments. For more information, visit the Utility Billing website.
To stop services please complete the Utility Service Move Out Application and select "move out." You will need to provide your forwarding address, closing date or moving date, and the new property owner's name if selling a property.
If you do not complete this step, the bill will remain in your name and be your responsibility to pay.
More information about canceling services can be found at the Utility Billing website.
The city will not perform legal surveys. Front pins are usually 2-feet behind the sidewalk but can vary. You can try to locate the property pins (rebar located below the ground) with a metal detector. A legal boundary survey can be performed by a Registered Land Surveyor in the State of North Dakota.
The City of West Fargo will repair the boulevards that were damaged by city snow removal equipment. If you have had damage done by a snow plow on your boulevard area please contact Public Works at 701-515-5400 to be placed on the repair list.
West Fargo Public Works will not be responsible for the repair or replacement of any sprinkle systems located in any areas adjacent to our transportation network.
For information on materials to recycle, please visit the Waste Management, Inc. Recycle Often. Recycle Right. website.
Yes. The City of West Fargo does not collect household hazardous waste materials. This includes:
This also includes electronics like:
If you have questions about materials you would like to dispose,please call (701) 281-8915.
The City of West Fargo utilizes a 460-acre network of waste stabilization ponds near 12th Avenue N. to treat wastewater (water that has been used in the home, in a business, or as part of an industrial process) that comes from the sewer system. During the transition from winter to spring, the ponds can emit a strong, unpleasant odor as the normal, organic treatment process restarts.
For information about the city’s plans to send wastewater to the City of Fargo for treatment and decommission the lagoons, visit http://westfargond.gov/757/Connection-to-City-of-Fargo-Wastewater-S.
City of West Fargo Waste Stabilization Ponds Fact Sheet
The City of West Fargo does not collect compost materials (grass, leaves, garden waste, etc.) from the curb. These materials can be brought to any of the compost sites listed below and emptied into the containers.
After a storm, many residents are faced with cleanup of trees, branches, fences and other debris. Resident of the City of West Fargo should follow the below guidelines when picking up after severe weather.