The Maintenance Department consists of two skilled employees who work under the direction of the Town Board Road Supervisor. Their duties include general maintenance and repair of roadways, traffic signs, township buildings, parks, properties and equipment. To best serve the needs of the community, the Township may also use the services of private contractors and consultants. The Township also retains an engineering firm for major road projects.
The Maintenance Department is conveniently located across from the Lent Town Hall on 33212 Hemingway Avenue. If you have road or traffic concerns, please contact the Lent Town Clerk at 651-462-3009, Maintenance Supervisor, Matt Fehrman 763-300-0757 or Road Supervisor, Rick Keller at 651-462-2703. Your concerns will be addressed in a timely manner.
It is the mission of the Lent Township Maintenance Department to provide the citizens of Lent with the highest standard of public facilities consistent with sound engineering practices and fiscal responsibility.
If you damage Lent signs or roadway property, please contact the Town Clerk so that we may make arrangements for the repair.
Lent Township is responsible for over 50 miles of roads within its boundaries.
There are approximately 56,000 miles of township roads with 6,000 bridges in Minnesota.
Township roads comprise 43% of the 131,700 total roadways in Minnesota.
Gopher Bounty: $3.00- front paws and tail
Please be advised that Maintenance will be brushing and limbing year round. If you have a tree in the Township right-of-way that you do not want limbed, contact the office immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Road Restrictions: 5 tons per axel
Snow Plow Policy
The Lent Township’s general goal is to have all Township roads passable within a reasonable amount of time after a snowfall has stopped. Roads are prioritized by traffic volume and logical routing. The Township does not assure a completely bare road and will not normally sand entire sections of roadway. The sanding of intersections, hills and curves are the priority. Users of the system are reminded to exercise caution and to realize that the legal speed limit may not be reasonable in certain weather conditions. The Township usually will not dispatch snowplows until the snowfall has stopped, with exceptions possible during periods of extended snowfall. Plows will generally be dispatched between 12:00 am and 7:30 am, or when snow and drifting conditions allow reasonable accomplishments to be made. Operator’s duty shifts are generally limited to a maximum of 16 hours per day for safety reasons. The plow operator’s first job is to make the road passable with one lane in one direction plowed. Then plow the second lane to have one lane in each direction open; lanes are then widened to the edge of the shoulders and sanding is done; cleanup of ice and slush are done as demands allow. Mailboxes damaged during snow removal will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Only those mailboxes that are properly built and installed in a location in accordance with Minnesota Department of Transportation Standards and which were damaged by actual contact with Township equipment will be repaired at Township expense. It is illegal to plow snow across any public roadway. Minnesota Statute 160.2715 RIGHT-OF-WAY USE; MISDEMEANORS states, “it shall be unlawful to: (1) obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon”. Piles of snow left on or near the roadway can freeze into a solid mass creating a hazardous situation for vehicles and snowplows. These are general guidelines used by the Lent Township road maintenance department. Each decision to mobilize, to the snow plow crews working, and to apply salt/sand is a judgment call based on the particular weather conditions, past experience, and the availability of resources at that particular time, and therefore may not adhere strictly to this general policy. For any information or concerns, call the office at 651-462-3009.
2022 Road Reports
- January 2022 Road Maintenance
- February 2022 Road Maintenance
- March 2022 Road Maintenance
- April 2022 Road Maintenance
- May 2022 Road Maintenance
- June 2022 Road Maintenance
- July 2022 Road Maintenance
- August 2022 Road Maintenance
- September 2022 Road Maintenance
- October 2022 Road Maintenance
- November 2022 Road Maintenance
- December 2022 Road Maintenance
2021 Road Reports
- January 2021 Road Maintenance
- February 2021 Road Maintenance
- March 2021 Road Maintenance
- April 2021 Road Maintenance
- May 2021 Road Maintenance
- June 2021 Road Maintenance
- July 2021 Road Maintenance
- August 2021 Road Maintenance
- September 2021 Road Maintenance
- October 2021 Road Maintenance
- November 2021 Road Maintenance
- December 2021 Road Maintenance
- 2021 Road improvements
2020 Road Reports
- January 2020 Road Maintenance
- February 2020 Road Maintenance
- March 2020 Road Maintenance
- April 2020 Road Maintenance
- May 2020 Road Maintenance
- June 2020 Road Maintenance
- July 2020 Road Maintenance
- August 2020 Road Maintenance
- September 2020 Road Maintenance
- October 2020 Road Maintenance
- November 2020 Road Maintenance
- December 2020 Road Maintenance
- 2020 Road Improvements
2019 Road Reports
- January 2019 Road Maintenance
- February 2019 Road Maintenance
- March 2019 Road Maintenance
- April 2019 Road Maintenance
- May 2019 Road Maintenance
- June 2019 Road Maintenance
- July 2019 Road Maintenance
- August 2019 Road Maintenance
- September 2019 Road Maintenance
- October 2019 Road Maintenance
- November 2019 Road Maintenance
- December 2019 Road Maintenance
- 2019 Road Improvements
2017 Road Reports
- February 2017 Road Maintenance
- March 2017 Road Maintenance
- April 2017 Road Maintenance
- May 2017 Road Maintenance
- June 2017 Road Maintenance
- July 2017 Road Maintenance
- August 2017 Road Maintenance
- September 2017 Road Maintenance
- October 2017 Road Maintenance
- November 2017 Road Maintenance
- December 2017 Road Maintenance
- 2017 Road Improvements
2018 Road Reports
- January 2018 Road Maintenance
- February 2018 Road Maintenance
- March 2018 Road Maintenance
- April 2018 Road Maintenance
- May 2018 Road Maintenance
- June 2018 Road Maintenance
- July 2018 Road Maintenance
- August 2018 Road Maintenance
- September 2018 Road Maintenance
- October 2018 Road Maintenance
- November 2018 Road Maintenance
- December 2018 Road Maintenance
- 2018 Road Improvements
2019 Road Project
2018 Road Project
TJ Potrament, Fire Chief 651-253-5233
Scott Olson, Assistant Chief 651-253-6433
Kurt Williams, Chief 3
Join the Fire Department! SLFD Application
Available at the Town Hall or the DNR Website
Burning Restrictions: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/questions.html
The Stacy-Lent Area Fire Department has a long history of dedication to their community. Today, the Fire Department is jointly operated by the Township of Lent and the City of Stacy.
The Stacy-Lent Area Fire Department has over 30 dedicated firefighters, led by Fire Chief, TJ Potrament and Assistant Chief, Scott Olson, Captain and Chief Training Officer, Kurt Williams. The exceptionally skilled firefighters all hail from either the appreciative communities of Stacy or Lent. Lakes Region EMS is an Advanced Life Support ambulance service that serves the Stacy Lent Fire Department area. The Paramedics and EMTs are trained in advanced procedures and medications to provide emergency treatment for both traumatic injury and sudden illness.
Lent Township is extremely proud of its Fire Station, located at 30785 Forest Blvd in Stacy, MN. The entire site, owned by Lent Township, includes an impressive 9-bay brick fire station, large classroom space and Training Simulator.
The remarkable fleet of emergency response vehicles includes: three Type 1 Engines, one 3,000 gallon Tender, three Type 6 Grass Rigs, one Incident Command vehicle, one Polaris ATV off road Grass Rig, and an off road snowmobile rescue sled and trailer. They also have all the gear needed for ice and cold water rescue.
Protecting property and saving lives is the ultimate purpose of our committed firefighters. The firefighters are required to attend continuous training and the contemporary equipment is maintained on a rigorous schedule. In 2019, the Stacy Lent Area firefighters responded to 276 calls.
The Stacy Lent Area Fire Department is very active in the community offering fire safety instructions for kids as well as an open house tour of their facilities and equipment.
The Training Simulator, added in 2007, is a three-story burn building, with repealing anchors, dual pitch roof, sprinkler system training area, repositionable wall panels to be set in any configuration, two burn rooms for live fire or smoke generator and confined space simulator training area; and expansive outdoor areas to provide ample room for police and enforcement agencies to advance their rescue and defense skills. This state of the art training facility provides a unique environment for our own firefighters, as well as firefighters and emergency personnel from across the state, to better prepare for situations they may encounter at the scene of an emergency.
Lent Township contracts with Chisago County Department of Environmental Services and Zoning for building permitting, plan review and inspections.
Building permits are required for all new construction and most remodeling, alteration, and repair work in the Township of Lent. Some permits such as reroof or reside only require filling out the application* and paying the fee. Most other building projects (deck, addition, accessory structure, remodel) require two sets of plans to be submitted for a plan review, and a survey showing all proposed setbacks. All permits are to be applied for at the Environmental Services Department in the Government Center in Center City. Staff will determine the construction value and permit fee at the time of application, and the permit will be paid for at that time. After the permit is processed and issued the permit will be mailed to the owner or contractor (whichever is designated at the time of application). All checks should be made payable to the Chisago County Treasurer.
*The building permit applications are in triplicate, and therefore are not available on the website – please contact the County office at 651-213-8372 for mailing of permits.
Inspections –Please call the Environmental Services Department at 651-213-8371 to schedule an inspection. Information needed includes the site address, permit number, and type of inspection. Typically, 24 hours is considered adequate notice.
A Certificate of Occupancy is issued for new home construction upon request and completion of all final building, plumbing and mechanical inspections. All life safety issues must be completed as well, for specific questions regarding these items please call the County building inspector.
Driveway permits for access from a Township road should be obtained from the Environmental Services office; Chisago County Public Works in Center City issues driveway permits for accesses on County Roads. A fee will be assessed for emergency 911 address signs and swing-arm mailbox posts at the time of a new home application as well.
Zoning information such as the minimum square footage for a single-family dwelling, permitted uses in specific districts, as well as setback information should be obtained from the Township.
The County does not issue electrical permits or inspect or regulate electrical work. The Minnesota State Board of Electricity should be contacted at 651-284-5064 if you are doing your own wiring. The State Electrical Inspector is Mark Thoma and he may be contacted for electrical inspections at 320-309-9483.
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Building and Driveway Permits are Required in Lent Township.
Permits are required for new construction, remodels and other projects involving structural changes. You must also obtain permits for exterior maintenance such as roofing, siding, window and door replacement. Plumbing, heating, air conditioning and septic permits are necessary whether the work is done by the homeowner or a contractor. Your building or driveway project will be inspected to ensure that it meets all state and local building codes and property line set-backs. If you are not sure if you need a permit email the clerk and ask. Projects done without the proper permits may be red-tagged and/or charged double permit fees. All building permits are obtained through Chisago County.
To obtain a building or driveway permit application, or for questions about completing the application, please contact Chisago County. Applications are obtained from Chisago County.
Electrical inspections are done by state inspectors as regulated by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. Contact the State Electrical Inspector, Mark Thoma at 320-309-9483.
Lent Township does not issue permits for, nor regulate wells, except for the minimum required separation from a septic system. Further information regarding water and wells may be obtained from the Minnesota Department of Health, Wells and Water Division.
Septic System Information
- Prior to selling your home, call a septic inspector to do a Compliance Inspection. This is required prior to the time of the property transfer. The septic person must email the report to email@example.com in order for you to receive your compliance letter
- ONLY human waste and toilet paper may be flushed. NEVER flush unused medication, “flushable” wipes, facial tissue, or feminine hygiene products. Failure to do so could lead to costly repairs or replacement of your system.
- Do your best to conserve water and fix leaky fixtures as soon as possible.
- Regularly inspect your system and ensure maintenance lids are secured.
- Systems require routine pumping at least every three years.
- Do not drive or park vehicles on any part of your septic system.
- Contact a licensed professional if you have questions or concerns about your sewage tank or drainfield.
For more information, search “SSTS” on www.pca.state.mn.us
On January 16, 2007 Lent Township officially adopted their Land Use Regulations. Prior to this date Chisago County was responsible for the issuance of building and land use permits in the Township. The Lent Planning and Zoning committee worked diligently for fourteen years to become the regulating authority because it felt that better land use decisions could be made by a local board who understands the features of the land and its resident's concerns. On February 1, 2022 Chisago County became the Building Inspector and issuer of building permits after the retirement of the Township Inspector.
- Township Report of Complaint
- Animal Welfare Concerns
- Contact the Chisago County Sheriff for noise complaints
The Lent Township Planning Commission meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Lent Town Hall & Zoom. Other special meetings will be posted as needed. Meetings are open to the public.
The Planning Commission is an advisory committee appointed by the Lent Town Board of Supervisors. The basic responsibility of the Planning Commission is to see that existing land is used in the very best interest of the Township as well as the landowner.
The Planning Commission meets for the purpose of discussing subdivision and land development applications, ordinance review, and providing guidance and issuing recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. The Planning Commission's role is critical to ensuring that all development occurring within the township adheres to the community's zoning and land development ordinances and meets the spirit of Lent Township's Comprehensive Plan.
To be placed on the Planning Commission agenda, call or email the Lent Town Clerk at least one week prior to the meeting. Please click here for application deadlines.
The Planning Commission encourages community feedback in the public hearings as part of the process for adoption of each ordinance. All public hearing notices will be published in the County News Review, Chisago County Press and posted at the town hall posting board. Notices may also be found in the Public Notices on the home page of this website.
- Planning Commission Members Needed!
The Township is looking for Alternate Planning Commission members who live in Lent Township. If you’re interested, please submit a letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning Commission Members:
- Telise Schroeder, Chairperson
- Jeff Johnson, Vice Chair
- Susie Brooks, Member
- Dick Stiers, Member
- Jim Willeck, Member
- Shannon Kratzke, Alternate Member
Land Use Permits
Land Use Permits are required to allow specific types of development. There are certain uses of land or types of businesses that may have an impact on their community. These uses are carefully reviewed through the land use permit process.
Land Use Permits authorize a use and set conditions for its establishment and operation. Land Use Permits can be required for a number of reasons, which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The site's zoning
- The proposed use
- The amount of grading or vegetation removal
- Inability to comply with ordinance requirements
Land Use Permit Process
The typical Land Use process begins with the applicant completing and submitting an application with all required documents from the checklist. The application is reviewed by the Town Clerk before a public hearing is scheduled.
A public hearing is scheduled and a notice is published in the official newspaper; the applicant and adjacent property owners (10 nearest property owners or all within 1/4 mile whichever notifies the greatest amount of property owners) are notified.
The Planning Commission hears the application proposal and makes their recommendation to the Town Board, which then hears the application proposal and staff report.
The Town Board makes a decision to approve or deny the request.
After compliance with the approved Town Board conditions, the applicant may begin the building permit process.
- Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Application
- Interim Use Permit (IUP) Application
- Plat Sketch Application
- Site Plan Review Application
- Preliminary Plat Application
- Final Plat Application
- Minor Subdivision Application
- Lot Line Adjustment Application
- Lot Consolidation Application
- Rezoning Application
- Variance Application
- Zoning Code Amendment Application
- Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application
- Sign Permit Application
- Kennel License Application
- Easement ROW Vacation Application
- Special Event Permit Application
- Lot Grading Plan Checklist
- Lent 2023 Application Deadlines
- 2nd Driveway Permit Application
A Comprehensive Plan provides a vision for the future possibilities of development.
- 2040 Township of Lent Comprehensive Plan
- 2013 Comprehensive Land Use Plan
- Rural Transit Center District Development Plan 2008
Lent Township Land Use Regulations:
- Index, Introduction & Contents
- Chapter 1 Relationship to County Regulations
- Chapter 2 Zoning Code
- Chapter 3 Subdivision Ordinance
- Chapter 4 Sewage & Wastewater Treatment Ordinance
- Chapter 5 Building Code
- Chapter 6 Admin Enforcement Fees
- Chapter 7 Floodplain Management
- Zoning Map with Standards
- Ordinance No. 2022-05 Driveways and Access Aprons
- Ordinance No. 2022-04 Bluffs and Buildable Areas
- Ordinance No. 2022-01 Definitions Zoning Map
- Ordinance No. 2022-02 Home Occupations Rural Business Overlay
- Ordinance No. 2022-03 Official Zoning Map
- Ord. 2021-01 - VOID
- Ordinance 2021-02 5.10 RTC
- Ordinance 2021-03 Chapter 6 Section 7 Special Events
- Ordinance 2021-04 RRA
- Ordinance 2021-05 5.12 Dimensional Standards
- Ordinance 2021-06 Chapter 2 Section 4.15 Driveways
- Ordinance 2021-07 Chapter 6 Special Events
- Ordinance 2021-08 Chapter 3 1.06
- Ordinance 2021-09 Horse Density
- Ordinance 2021-10 Escrow
- Ordinance 2020-01 Chapter 10
- Ordinance 2020-02 Fences
- Ordinance 2020-03 RTC
- Ordinance 2020-04 RTC Standards
- Ordinance 2020-05 Accessory Buildings RRA
- Ordinance 2020-06 Enforcement
- Ordinance 2020-07 Chapter 3 Platting Procedure
- Ordinance 2019-04 Platting Required
- Ordinance 2019-05 Dwelling Units
- Ordinance 2019-06 Shelter Nonprofit
- Ordinance 2018-04 Sewage and Wastewater
- Resolution 2022-26 Updating the Compensation Fee Schedule
- 1984 Lent Town Road Designation Resolution
- Resolution 2020-11 Electronic Meetings
- Resolution 2021-22 Civil Fine Increases
- Resolution 2021-32 Approving 2040 Comp Plan
- Resolution 2022-17 Approving Moratorium for Car and Truck Wash
- Resolution 2020-33 Sherco Rezone
- Resolution 2021-13 Approving the Prelim Plat for Sherco Cliffs Falcon
- Resolution 2021-18 Sherco Cliffs Falcon View Final Plat Approval
- Cliffs Falcon View Addition Final Plat (4-26-21)
- Resolution 2021- 33 Station on 17 Public Parking IUP
- 2022 Compensation Fee schedule
- Resolution 2021-45 Annual Fees
- Resolution 2021-3 Annual Fees
- 2020-2 Annual Fees 2020
- 2020 Compensation Fee Schedule
- 2019 Compensation Fee Schedule
- 2018-32 Annual Fees 2019
- 2017-39 Annual Fees 2018
- Landscaping Species List - Approved 9-20-2022
- Minimum Buildable Area Policy - Approved 5-17-2022
- Roadway Typical Section Policy - Approved 2-15-2022
- Right-of-Way Dedication Policy - Approved 10-19-2021
- Lent Township - Approved Dumping Policy 2020
- Mailbox Policy - Approved 5-21-2019
- Snow Plow Policy - Approved 11-2018