If you have questions or information regarding sexual offenders or offenders against children, please contact Cpl. Brian Robbins. A complete list of offenders may be viewed at sexoffender.nd.gov by clicking on the "Printable List of All Offenders."
Where can I pay a traffic ticket for Grand Forks Municipal Court?
Yes. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover for payments of fines and other traffic violations either by phone or in person. There is a $3.00 convenience fee when using a credit/debit card.
We also accept cash, checks and money orders. Please make checks or money orders payable to City of Grand Forks. When posting bond to get someone out of jail, you must pay in cash or with a surety bond (bondsman) depending on the charge.
Where can I pay a traffic ticket I got in Grand Forks County?
Contact the Grand Forks District Court at:
Clerk of District Court
Grand Forks County Courthouse
124 S. 4th St
P.O. Box 5979
Grand Forks, ND 58206-5979
On a class B misdemeanor the Judge can fine up to $1,500 and 30 days in jail, with the exception of Theft and Destruction of Public Property, which has a maximum penalty of $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail. If anyone indicates to you what sentence you will receive, keep in mind that is their opinion; the sentence imposed is the sole discretion of the Judge. If you enter in to a plea agreement, the judge may accept or reject the plea agreement.
Why is there a warrant for my arrest?
The Court will issue a warrant when:
You fail to comply with the Orders of the Judge.
You fail to make payments as promised.
You fail to appear on a charge which requires a mandatory appearance.
NOTE: The Police will not arrest you if you come to Municipal Court to appear on a warrant, however if police have any contact with you prior to your appearance in Court and a warrant is active, they are required to arrest you.
What if I’m unable to make my payment when required?
If at any time you are unable to make your payment when scheduled, you must appear in court on or before the due date to make arrangements with the Judge. Click here for court times.
Can I speak to the Judge by phone?
No. The Judge can only speak to you in the court room while court is in session.
What kind of information can the city prosecutor give me?
The City Prosecutor’s office can provide information about pending cases. This includes the following: providing information regarding evidence applicable to your case, discussing the possible penalties for criminal and traffic offenses, entering into plea negotiations, and addressing any other matter related to the prosecution of a City of Grand Forks case. This information is only available to the person charged or their attorney. You can reach the City Prosecutor’s office at (701)787-8160 from 8:15 am until approximately 10:00 am.
How do I get a Public Defender / Court Appointed Attorney?
You must appear in court within 14 days of your arraignment to make a request for a court appointed attorney. A court appointed attorney is available only on criminal charges. The Judge will make a decision at that time as to whether you qualify for a court appointed attorney or not. If an attorney is appointed it does not mean the attorney is free, and you may be required to pay a portion of the fees. When your case is completed, the Judge may determine that you will be responsible for all, none or for a percentage of the bill when known.
Does the Judge in Municipal Court perform weddings?
The Judge will perform weddings on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. with a limit of two each week.
We will not schedule an appointment until we receive the $60.00 non-refundable fee. This is subject to change at any time.
At the time of payment, the marriage license must be presented to the clerk, which will be returned after the ceremony. A date can then be set.
The document should be current as of the date listed. However, minor errors or omissions may be contained within.
Who can I talk to about a parking ticket I found on my windshield?
The Police Department handles parking tickets; however do not contact the Police Department if the issuing agency and their phone number are stamped on the parking tickets. You must contact that agency. Click here for the Grand Forks Police Department Web site.
I am charged with a felony (or class A misdemeanor) in Grand Forks County. Who do I call for information on my case?
Contact the Grand Forks Clerk of District Court at (701) 787-2700 or
Who can I talk to about points on my driver’s license or suspension of my driving privileges?
The assessment of points and suspension of driving privileges are administrative actions taken by the North Dakota Department of Transportation. If you are licensed in another state you must contact your home state regarding this matter.
You can renew your vehicle license tabs at the office of Vehicle Services, which is located in the Grand Cities Mall at 1726 S. Washington St in Grand Forks. The Grand Forks branch will charge a service fee. You may also contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 608 E. Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505, Phone number 1-701-328-2725. You can get more information from the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s Web site at www.dot.nd.gov In Minnesota, contact the Driver and Vehicle Services Division of the Department of Public Safety.
Where can I get a copy of a birth or death certificate?
Contact the North Dakota Division of Vital Records in Bismarck at (701) 328-2360 for information on birth and death certificates, or visit http://ndhealth.gov/vital
I need information about a civil case in Grand Forks County. Where can I get it?
For questions involving civil, probate, child support, divorce, guardianship that occurred in Grand Forks County, contact the Grand Forks Clerk of District Court at (701) 787-2715.
A building code is a “living” legal collection of rules and regulations that govern the construction and occupancy of buildings.
What is the purpose of the building codes?
The purpose of the building codes is to provide minimum standards for the protection of life, limb, health, property, environment and for the safety and welfare of the consumer, general public and the owners and occupants of buildings. The fundamental purposes of the codes or regulations can be summed up as; safety of building occupants & fire personnel, stop panic, and protection of your & adjoining properties.
Why are permit fees charged for the enforcement of the code and on what basis are these fees determined?
Fees are collected to defer the costs associated with code administration and enforcement. These fees can cover a portion or all of the costs experienced by the department. If it is determined that only some of the costs incurred will be covered by the collection of fees, the remaining cost of operating the department must be covered by other means - i.e. taxes.
The building permit fees charged by the City of Grand Forks are determined by evaluating the costs incurred and the level of service to be delivered. Also, the City has looked at what other cities charge and has come up with what it thinks is a fair fee schedule. The fees charged for commercial buildings are more than the much lower fee schedule utilized for one and two family residential buildings.
What kind of permits are there and where do I get them?
The most frequently required permits are Building Permits and they are obtained at the Building Inspections Department, located in Room 225 in City Hall. Other permits that can be obtained include: Moving, Demolition, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Sign, Parabolic Antennas, Driveway Construction, Excavations, Sidewalk Construction, Christmas Trees Sales, Temporary Buildings, Self-Wiring, Fire and Swimming Pool.
When do I need a permit?
The short answer: If you have to pound a nail. When you are reshingling, residing, replacing windows, building a deck, pouring a new driveway or sidewalk and the list continues. The easier question to answer is; when don’t I need a permit? Sheds that are 120 square feet or less in area, fences 6’ and under in height, floor covering, wall covering and concrete on your residential property are the basic items that don’t require permits be issued. There are still regulations for the location of sheds and fences that must be met.
What do I need to know to get a permit?
To obtain a building permit on your home that you live in is quite simple. For basic general repairs and projects will need to have an estimate of the work and who is doing it. If you are building a deck, an addition to the home, or a large remodel you will need to have a plan and a site plan for the work along with a cost estimate and who is doing the work.
Do I need a contractor or can I do the work myself?
Any building project other than in a homeowner's residence must be completed by a licensed and bonded contractor. All commercial and rental projects must be completed by a contractor. A homeowner can construct a home themselves if they live in the newly constructed home for at least one year from the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy.
How much are building permits?
Permit costs depend on the anticipated cost of construction and whether they are Residential Permits or Commercial Permits. The anticipated cost should be the estimate of the labor and material to complete the proposed project with all electrical, mechanical and plumbing included. To find a permit fee please see the Residential Permit Fee List or Commercial Permit Fee List.
What is the Rental Inspection Program?
The City of Grand Forks has had a Rental Inspection Program for over 40 years. This program ensures rental units maintain health and safety codes. All rental units are inspected every five years and a certificate of occupancy is re-issued when each unit meets minimum code requirements.
What is a rental unit?
A rental unit is a housing unit that is occupied by someone other than the owner of the property or a family member of the property owner. A housing unit is a habitable area that contains minimum living facilities to include a bathroom, kitchen and living areas. They can be multiple family units (3 plex or greater) or one and two family dwellings.
What is required of a rental unit?
A Certificate of Occupancy is required when a property is going to be occupied by anyone other than the owner or their family members. With extended families this can include many variations of what is meant by "family members". One does not have to collect rent to make it necessary for a Certificate of Occupancy to be required. A housing unit must have appropriate bathroom facilities, kitchen facilities and a heating system. The heating system must maintain 68 degrees three feet above the floor in each occupied room and can not have mixed air with another housing unit.
How many individuals can occupy a rental unit?
Four or less individuals that are unrelated can occupy each housing unit. There is no limit to the number of family members who can live in a housing unit.
What are the off-street parking requirements?
All housing units, regardless if they are owner occupied or rented, are required to have off-street parking. The minimum requirement is two parking spaces and then is increased with the number of bedrooms in the housing unit.
Are the basic requirements of a rental unit different than that of an owner occupied single family home?
Rental units are held to different standards, because someone occupies them other than the property owner or their family. They must meet certain minimum requirements before a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued. The code requirements that must be adhered to are those that the home or building was built under and not current requirements. Some of the basics of these requirements are: proper egress, smoke detectors, electrical wiring, handrails and guardrails, heating equipment and hot water heating equipment to be correctly installed and alike.
What is the City’s responsibility regarding rental units?
The City of Grand Forks is very proactive in the area of rental inspection compliance and insists that all rental units maintain a Certificate of Occupancy. We have a mandatory system that is enforced to the highest level possible including citing property owners in municipal court for non-compliance or requiring the unit be left vacant. The City has no authority over the aesthetics of the property. If the property has junk or a junk vehicle the City will make sure that issue is resolved before a Certificate of Occupancy is granted. Many times these issues on renter occupied properties are easier to resolve than on owner occupied properties. The landlord will make the tenant get rid of the non-compliance item because they know they are the ones responsible for their own property.
Why are rental licenses required?
The City of Grand Forks created the rental licensing program in response to concerns expressed by the public. The City Council studied these questions and adopted the licensing program. Rental licensing allows for the City to have a mechanism to coordinate with landlords, managers and tenants. A rental license is required for one and two family rental units only and is renewed yearly.
How do I become a licensed contractor?
The first step to become a licensed contractor to do work in the City of Grand Forks’ jurisdiction is to make sure you have a State of North Dakota license and contact the Building Inspections Department for the licensing requirements for the type of contractor you wish to do work in. The City does have its own licensing requirements for General, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Moving, Excavating, Sign Hanger and Driveway/Sidewalk Contractors. In order to become a licensed contractor in the City’s jurisdiction, a performance bond will also be required.
How do I know if my property is located in the City of Grand Forks’ jurisdiction?
The City of Grand Forks’ jurisdiction includes the city limits and a two-mile extra territorial area outside the city limit line. If you have a question regarding where this extra territorial area is please contact the Building Inspections Department.
How do I find the zoning on my property
Visit www.gfgis.com to look at the current zoning.
How can I access the Water Quality results?
Every year the Water Department prepares a Water Quality Report and mails it to all water customers. The report is also available on this website.
What does the City of Grand Forks check for in the water?
Bacteria - monthly - The utility is required to collect 60 or more samples for 30 defined sites throughout the month.
Trihalomethanes - quarterly
Volatile Organic Chemicals - yearly
Nitrates - yearly
Inorganics - every 3 years
Radiologicals - every 3 years
Synthetic Organic Chemicals - every 3 years
Iron and Manganese - every 5 to 8 years
Lead and Copper (at homes meeting EPA criteria) - every 3 years
Does Grand Forks water meet North Dakota Department of Health and EPA Standards?
The City of Grand Forks routinely meets the compliance standards set by the EPA.
What treatment does our water receive?
Click here to see the treatment process for water for the City of Grand Forks.
How can I keep my pipes and meter from freezing during cold weather?
1. Cover all exposed pipes with insulation material.
2. If the meter freezes and breaks, the customer is responsible for all replacement costs as well as a $40 service charge.
3. If your water goes off due to frozen pipes, shut off the water at the meter to prevent any damage that may occur if the pipes break and then thaw.
4. Fill cracks, crevices or air holes that allow cold air to penetrate where the water pipe enters the house.
5. Allow a small stream of water, about the size of a pencil lead, to run from one faucet.
Why does the Water Department flush hydrants?
The Water Department works with the Fire Department to flush hydrants once a year between June and October. Hydrants are flushed to:
1. Clean out the iron deposits and other settlements that form on the sides of water lines.
2. Allow routine maintenance of every hydrant.
3. Identify hydrants in need of repair.
4. Determine the volume of water available at each hydrant for fighting a fire.
5. Familiarize both water and fire department personnel with hydrant locations.
6. Provide important information for fire pre-planning.
How does the City know how much water I use?
Each water and sewer account has a water meter to register water as it is used. The meter connects to a remote device that sends the current meter reading to our mobile reading equipment when it is requested. The collected data is downloaded to our billing computer.
What should I do if my water is discolored?
Occasionally, you may experience discolored water. This can result from the water system being used to fight a fire, higher than normal water usage throughout the City, pipes being disturbed by a water break or construction, or fire hydrant flushing. These situations can disturb the deposits on the inside of the pipe resulting in discolored water. Generally, the water will clear within a few hours. During this time, do not run the water continuously. Instead, check the cold water hourly by allowing it to run a few minutes to see if it has cleared.
If the water remains discolored for a long period of time, contact the Water Department at 701-738-8770.
Does the City of Grand Forks fluoridate?
The City of Grand Forks adds a level of fluoride that will significantly reduce tooth decay. The fluoride level is maintained at 1.2 ppm according to the North Dakota Department of Health guidelines.
During an infant's check-up, the doctor may recommend a fluoride supplement if you use premixed formula or formula prepared with distilled water. If you use Grand Forks water to prepare the formula, the supplement is not necessary.
Is Grand Forks water hard?
The City of Grand Forks water has a hardness of 8-9 grains per gallon, which is considered moderately hard. Hardness is caused by calcium and magnesium ions dissolved in the water.
Where can I find information on Grand Forks drinking water quality?
The Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is a water quality report produced annually reporting on violations of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and North Dakota Department of Health (ND DH) regulations. The document is mailed to water users, posted in public places such as the Grand Forks Library, City Hall and on the City website grandforksgov.com
What do I do with unused prescription drugs?
The best disposal method is to drop off unused prescription drugs at the local Police Department (122 N. 5th Street). This can be done anytime of day. If the main office is locked, please use the red phone on the exterior of the building to explain to the personnel what you would like to do. There is a drop box mounted on the wall of the Police Department main entrance. The State of North Dakota created a Take Back Program where citizens have a safe and simple method to dispose of unused prescription drugs. To learn more log onto http://www.ag.state.nd.us/
Another option is to bring unused and expired medications to pharmacies across North Dakota that are participants of TakeAway, North Dakota's medication disposal program. To learn more about what medications can be disposed of through TakeAway and to find a participating pharmacy near you, visit www.sharpsinc.com/locator .
If you need to dispose of unused prescriptions drugs and can not bring them to the local Police Department or an area pharmacy, please do not flush them down the toilet. If you decide to dispose of them yourself, please remove the lables from the bottles and throw away the unused or expired medications separately from the labels. It is best to crush or destroy the medication before throwing it away.
Help us protect our water by disposing of these properly.
Can I create a rain barrel, where do I get the supplies?
Who do I call if I notice a foreign substance in a local water body?
Call the Environmental Compliance Office at 701-738-8781 or 701-787-9134.
Who do I call if I notice someone dumping oil or another hazardous material down the drain?
Call the Environmental Compliance Office at 701-738-8781 or 701-787-9134.
How do I get rid of cooking grease that I don't want?
Residents should throw cooled fats, oils and greases in the trash and not down the drain. Pouring them down the drain will cause plumbing problems that will be your responsibility as the property owner.
Where can I get my water tested?
The City of Grand Forks has two environmental labs. If you feel your water has a pollutant you can have it tested by the Wastewater Treatment Plant. For more information call 701-787-9131. If it is a potable water sample that you need tested, you can contact the Environmental Lab located at the Water Treatment Plant, 701-746-2595 for more information.
Why can't I change the oil in my driveway and wash it down the storm drain?
The substance that we put down our storm drains will eventually end up in our local waterways. Stormwater is not treated, so it could be harmful to biological sources of these waterways.
Is it okay to wash paintbrushes out in the gutter?
No. Paint is toxic to fish, and can have a negative effect on plant growth and on water bug reproduction. Wash your brushes in your sink, using lots of water. Wastewater is treated or placed in the lagoon,and does not run directly to our waterways.
Who do I call for assistance in locating my property lines?
Call the Building Inspection Department for help with property line locations at 746-2631.
Where do I get information on the special assessments due on my property?
Call the City Finance Office to get any special assessment information. This would include payoff amounts or uncertified balances. The Finance Department can be reached at 746-2620.
How do I get an estimate of my property taxes?
Property information including taxes, values, legal descriptions, basic building and lot data is available on the Grand Forks County website. Use the following link to Go to Property Search.
Where can I dispose of unusable or unwanted pesticides?
Project Safe Send is a pesticide management program sponsored by the Department of Agriculture. The program is designed to accept unusable or unwanted pesticides from farmers and other individuals and properly dispose of them. For more information go to http://www.health.state.nd.us/wm/pss01.htm or contact Judy Carlson, North Dakota Department of Agriculture at #701-328-4997.
What do I do with left over household paint/paint cans?
Paint must be dried out for disposal. To speed the drying process, add kitty litter, floor dry, sawdust, or newspaper strips to the cans, and leave the lids off. Once completely dry, the paint cans can be bagged up & put in with the regular trash.
What do I do with used antifreeze?
DO NOT pour antifreeze down the storm drains. Call #701-746-2570 for small quantities (less than 5 gallons). For larger quantities, please contact Safety-Kleen Systems Inc. at #701-237-9070, or OSI Environmental at #218-233-5446.
What do I do with used oil, car/truck batteries and propane tanks?
City of Grand Forks residents can recycle all of these items at the Public Works Facility, 724 N. 47th St. in Grand Forks. For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at #701-738-8740