Ordinance Reminders

Outlined below are areas of the City Code that generate a high level of interest by residents.

Curfew

Hopkins City Code 2010 was adopted from Hennepin County Ordinance 16 in 1995. Curfew regulations throughout Hennepin County and Hopkins are in effect 7 days a week, year round. Persons under the age of 18 are prohibited from being in a public place or establishment during certain nighttime hours.

  • Under age 12: Home by 9 pm; extended to 10 pm on Fri/Sat
  • Age 12 to 14: Home by 10 pm; extended to 11 pm on Fri/Sat
  • Age 15 to 17: Home by 11 pm; extended to 12 am on Fri/Sat

Dogs

Quantity limits

Hopkins City Code 925.24 states you cannot keep more than two (2) dogs or four (4) cats over the age of 6 months. Furthermore, the total number of dogs and cats cannot be more than four.

Leashes & City parks

As a pet owner you are required to keep your dog(s) under restraint at all times.

Hopkins City Code 830.31 allows leashed dogs along the trails and open spaces in the city’s four largest parks: Valley, Burnes, Oakes, and Central. Dogs are not allowed to run at large. Dogs are not allowed in picnic areas, play areas, athletic fields, or other improved park areas.

Signs at trail ends list rules for dog owners (i.e. picking up after them, must be leashed at all times, areas where they are not allowed). "Add-a-bag/Take-a-bag" dispensers are provided at some locations for dog owners to store bags used for dog clean-up.

Barking

Barking dogs can be a problem. Under Hopkins City Code 925.39, "any dog which shall, by any noise, unreasonably disturb the peace and quiet of any person in the vicinity..." would be considered a nuisance dog. This includes dogs that bark or whine repeatedly over a five-minute period of time.

See Pets.

Lawn Watering

Hopkins City Code 710.40 restricts lawn watering to conserve water resources.

  • No watering is allowed from 11 am to 5 pm.
  • Odd/even sprinkling is allowed at all other times.
    Homes with even-numbered addresses may water their lawns before 11 am or after 5 pm on even-numbered dates. Homes with odd-numbered addresses may water before 11 am or after 5 pm on odd-numbered dates.

See Lawn Watering.

Noise

Loud, unpleasant, raucous, or prolonged noise is a public nuisance. Between 10 pm and 7 am, City Code 2005.61 prohibits gatherings of people from which noise emanates of sufficient volume that it disturbs the peace and quiet, and can easily be heard at a distance of 50 feet from any residential dwelling.

See Noise.

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