New Resident Checklist

Familiarize yourself with ordinances and regulations

Find common ordinance questions and reminders for residents. 

File for Homestead Classification

Apply for a homestead exemption for the homestead property tax credit. Homesteading means you own and live on your property.

Find out about Garbage, Recycling and Organics 

The City provides weekly collection services to all residents. Republic is contracted by the City to provide recycling and organics recycling services. Find out more about garbage, recycling and organics

Learn about the City and ways to get involved 

Helpful links to more resources for residents (schools, community education, recreation) and ways to get involved. 

License your dog

Dogs six months old or over must be licensed with the City. A dog with a valid license from another jurisdiction must obtain a Hopkins' license within three months. Each City residence is limited to no more than four animals over the age of six months. This includes any combination of dogs, cats, ferrets, reptiles, birds, etc., but not more than three dogs, and does not include fish. Find out more about pets in Hopkins.

Set up utilities

Set up your utilities (gas, telephone, electricity, etc.) by contacting each company that provides service to you. You can find this information on our City Utilities page.

If you are buying a property, you need to call the the City of Hopkins at 952-548-6332 to schedule a water meter reading.

If you are renting, note that the owner of rental property is responsible for receiving and paying the monthly bill. Rental properties can be in the owner's name only. The owner of the property will be liable to the City for all bills accruing through the use of utility services whether used by the owner, renter/lessee, or other occupant.

Register your burglar & fire alarms annually

Residents are required to annually register their burglar and fire alarms.

Register to vote

Learn how to register to vote in Hopkins.

Sign up for emergency notifications  

Sign-up for Emergency Notifications (notification include snow emergency, missing child, water main breaks, and more).

Stay Connected 

Sign-up for the City's weekly e-newsletter Connections and follow us on social media

The City's monthly newsletter, Hopkins Highlights, is sent to each residence with a utility bill, and is also available online and in print at City Hall.

Think Hopkins

Hopkins has a thriving local business community thanks to residents like you who shop local!  Learn more.

Update your vehicle & drivers licenses

Residents who move from within the state have 30 days to update their driver's licenses.

Residents new to Minnesota have 60 days to change their driver's licenses and vehicle license plates.

Update your address with the Post Office

Forward your mail to your new address. 

Update your insurance information

Don't forget to update your homeowners, renters and car insurance with your new information.