Historical Records and Property History
Minneapolis Development Review offers a new way of looking up historical records. A kiosk in the lobby of Minneapolis Development Review allows people to do historical research of property records. Available records include, soil and piling reports, Certificates of Occupancy from 1990 to the present, Oil Burner Permits, building and remodeling permits from 1884 to the present and Permit Index Cards from 1884 to 1989.
Also available are 1934 Land Survey records. The 1934 Land Surveys defines the use of a specific building at that point in time and provides information regarding occupancy or status of the building.
There are also links to the City of Minneapolis Property Information website for property tax information and property ownership records.
The kiosk is available to the public during Service Center Hours listed to the left.
City of Minneapolis Property Information
The City of Minneapolis Property Information website allows you to access public record information on taxpayers/owners, sales history and assessed value history. You can also access permits issued information and permit inspection histories.
Lot Surveys No Longer Available at Public Service Center
Effective December 21, 2007, lot surveys filed with Minneapolis Development Review (1916-1965) will no longer be available to the public at the MDR Public Service Center. Lot surveys pre 1916 or after 1965 are not on file. Lot surveys (1916-1965), in microfilm format will be relocated to the Downtown Minneapolis branch of the Hennepin County Public Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, two blocks west of the Public Service Center. These records will be available to the public beginning Wednesday, January 9, 2008 in the Periodicals Dept on the library’s 3rd floor. A map to their location and hours or operation can be found on their website at http://www.hclib.org
The Special Collections Department at the Downtown Minneapolis branch of the Hennepin County Public Library is also a good source for doing historical research on City properties. Their collection includes historical permit indexes, lot surveys, house design information, neighborhood historical information, photographs, and building histories. The Hennepin County Public Library also has digitized historical maps and plat books of Minneapolis and the surrounding area available online. These colorful maps are a great resource for anyone doing historical research on Minneapolis properties and structures.
Special Collection Department Hours:
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday & First and Third Saturdays of the month.
Please call at least one day ahead of time to make an appointment if you have a reference question or a research project. 612-543-8200 or [email protected]
Last updated Jan 30, 2019