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New Minnesota Construction Law: Responsible Contractor Requirements

Governor Dayton signed the Responsible Contractor bill into law. Although the notion of a “responsible contractor” has been around for a long time it has never been clearly defined. In this new law, which is set to take effect on January 1, 2015, the term has been given certain meaning. This new statute only applies

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Florida Land Use

Have We Seen The End of Unreasonable Demands from Land-use Regulators?

Does the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District Spell the End of Unjustifiable Concessions by Land-use Regulators? During the last several years, the United States Supreme Court has issued a flurry of important decisions, several of which involve revolutionary shifts in the relationships between people (Defense of Marriage

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Minnesota Certificate of Exemption from Sales Tax | Form ST3

Download/View Form ST3 See the Form ST3 instructions and exemption descriptions for more information about the following exemptions. Purchasers are responsible for knowing if they qualify to claim exemption from tax and will be held liable for any use tax, interest and possible penalties due if the items purchased are not eligible for exemption. Fill

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Minnesota Taxes on Lawn and Garden Care, Tree and Bush Service & Landscaping

This post has been adopted from the Minnesota Department of Revenue's Sales Tax Fact Sheet #121, Lawn and Garden Care, Tree and Bush Service, Landscaping. Lawn and Garden Care, Indoor Plant Services Lawn Tree, Bush, and Shrub Services Utility Lines Cemetery Maintenance Examples of Taxable Purchases Vehicles Minnesota Motor Fuel Refund Exempt Purchases Separate Detachable

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Appealing and Changing Local Ordinances

Once zoning ordinances are established by the local legislature, it is possible to appeal the zoning decision and to subsequently try to change the local zoning ordinance. Minnesota Statute § 462.357 subdivisions 3 through 6 addresses these processes. Local property owners that are affected by a zoning ordinance may raise an appeal. Changing a local ordinance

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Home Construction

Minnesota Construction & Building Permit Laws

One of the first steps to any successful construction project is to obtain the necessary building permits. Building permits are regulated locally and will vary depending on the town or city your project is located in. Generally, you will need a building permit for any new construction, reconstruction, or structural change to an existing building

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Eminent Domain & Condemnation of Private Land in Minnesota

Eminent Domain & The United States Consitution Under the United States Constitution and Minnesota's Constitution, the government has the authority to take private property, which is called eminent domain. What this means is that the government, at any time, has a right to anyone's property if it is determined that the government is going to

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Required Contractor Licenses in Minnesota

Licenses Required for Minnesota Contractors There are a number of licenses required for different activities under Minnesota Law. The best way to determine what licenses are needed for any given project is to visit the Minnesota License website at On that website, click on "A-Z Indexes" or "Browse by Topics." If the information there

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Minnesota Mechanic’s Lien Law

In Minnesota a mechanic’s lien can be filed by a contractor or materialman to preserve their legal remedy for non-payment by a property owner. This legal process acts as insurance so that the provider of service will be paid. It is effectively putting a “hold” or lien on the improved piece of property. A mechanic’s

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Who’s an Employee in MN? Independent Contractors In The Construction Industry

This post is part of a series of posts on common issues Minnesota employers face. Minn. Stat. 181.723, requires individuals (not corporations, LLCs or partnerships) who work as independent contractors in public or private commercial or residential building construction to obtain from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry an Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate (ICEC).

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Environmental Protection Programs Minnesota | Storm-Water Discharge Permits

Certain types of industrial facilities must apply for a storm-water discharge permit from the MPCA. In addition, storm-water permits may be required for certain construction activities. Minnesota’s storm-water permitting program is designed to help improve the quality of the state’s waters by reducing or eliminating the chemicals and sediments carried into surface waters with storm-water

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