From the Mayor

Greetings Neighbors, It’s the time of year when snow blowers are relocated to the back of the garage and spring garden tools and bicycles move to the front! Despite a mild winter no doubt we’re all eager for warmer temps. On behalf of the City Council, I sincerely thank all SFL residents who...

Don't forget a permit

Sunfish Lake requires permits for a variety of actitivites, home renovations, and property improvements. See Permits and Forms to learn more about the permit you need.

In order to enhance vehicle and pedestrian safety along Salem Church Road, the City Council passed a resolution in December 2023 to restrict parking along the roadway. Parking is allowed on the south side of the roadway while parking is not allowed...
Sunfish Lake elections are held in November of even-numbered years during the General Election. On this page you will find information on election dates, voting and helpful links. This page will be updated with information throughout the year....

A request has been received to continue the hearing on the application for a Major Site Plan Review, Conditional Use Permit and Variances to the

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Looking for people interested in joining the SFL Parks Volunteers.  ...

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Sunfish
Lake Planning Commission to be held on June 20, 2024, is

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Just a reminder that State law in Minnesota prohibits the disposal of yard and tree waste with your garbage.  If you have the ability to take

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Many residents may not know that pumping from lakes and wetlands within the City requires a permit.  The SFL City Council first passed an ordinance in 1989 to prohibit pumping from the City’s lakes and wetlands without an approved City Permit.  City Ordinance requires issuance of an Interim Use Permit for pumping of any lake, stream, wetland or natural or man-made pond water.  You can find the specifics of the ordinance in this link: https://www.sunfishlake.org/ordinances/article-xi-protection-of-the-environment/1107-water-use-permit/?template=protostar&print=1&layout=default

The process for water use permit review and approval follows that which is required for Conditional Use Permits – which involves public notice, a public hearing at the Planning Commission,  and review and action by the City Council.   Some of the things that are considered in the review of pumping applications are:

  • Whether pumping could occur when the lake is low
  • The noise from the pumping machine
  • Whether the pumping apparatus has to be removed from the shoreland when pumping is not occurring   
  • Whether pumping may occur at night
  • How would the pumped water be used and where would it go
  • Whether any erosion control needs to be installed

This review process is necessary for the protection of our natural resources.  Please contact City Planner Lori Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to know more about the permitting process, applications and deadlines.