City Fees

Various Howard Lake Fees

Information updated November 2020.

Listed below are fees for licenses, permits, utility hook-ups, and garbage collection. For the full list of fees and charges, or for questions, contact city hall. The city now accepts all major debit and credit cards for payments.

Utility hook-up charges

New water meter $90

Sewer access charge – residential and commercial . $4,491

Water access charge – residential and commercial. $3,080

Qualifying properties are eligible for a $5,000 credit.

Water and sewer utility rates

Water $4.26 per 1,000 gallons, $26.88 base rate

Sewer $8.87 per 1,000 gallons, $30.87 base rate

Wastewater Treatment Plant $7.41 per 1,000 gallons

Minnesota Testing Fee $0.53 per month

Storm Water $7.99 per month

Garbage and recycling

30-gallon, per month $10.70

60-gallon, per month $14.40

90-gallon, per month $15.80

Bi-weekly recycling per month $2.25

City-wide cleanup days occur the first Saturday in May and October each year. Fees for this event vary.

Compost fees

Annual Permit (Resident) Free

Annual Permit (Non-resident) $20

Dump truck load – heavy wood $100

Dump truck load – light wood $50

Pickup load $5

Dumping Fee (By appointment only) $10

Building permits

Maintenance Permits $50

Maintenance Commercial Valuation based

New Construction Valuation based

Fence/zoning permit $60

Swimming pool $60

Building maintenance $60

Construction permit Valuation based


Administrative Permits $50

Rezoning $200

Zoning Text Amendment $200

Site Plan Review $200

Conditional Use Permits $150

Planned unit development

General plan $300

Final plan $300

Amendments $250


Residential $75

Commercial and Industrial $75

Facility rentals

Contact city hall for more information about reserving park space, the community room, and the South Shore Event Center. Flexible terms, affordable rates.

Permits and licenses

Single family rental license $100

Chicken license $50

Golf cart permit $10

Nuisance violations $50