From the Mayor

Many residents have expressed concern over the homeless tents erected at the bottom of Salem Church Rd. and Robert Street. Our police Chief, Brian Sturgeon, has taken all possible action on the City’s behalf. His officers have spoken to the people in the tents and encouraged them to leave. The...
Greetings Neighbors, I hope all of you are enjoying this long-awaited warm summer we are experiencing. Some special events took place in SFL in May. A special “Thank You!” to Chief Brian Sturgeon and members of the Mendota Heights Fire Department who provided lifesaving training in CPR prior to...

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.

Each summer, the Police Department respond to calls from residents regarding door-to-door Peddlers and Solicitors. According to Section 610 of the City Code, no person may conduct business as a Peddler in the City without obtaining a license which...
Ticks pass on diseases by biting people so checking for ticks after outside activity is a priority. A tick must be attached for at least 24 hours before it can transit Lyme disease, but Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis may be transmitted in less than 24...


3 Oct
Special City Council Meeting
Date Tue., 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
3 Oct
City Council Meeting
Tue., 7:00 pm
9 Oct
Fall Curbside Appliance Collection
Mon., 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
21 Oct
Fall Paper Shred Event
Sat., 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7 Nov
City Council Meeting
Tue., 7:00 pm
5 Dec
City Council Meeting
Tue., 7:00 pm
1 Jan
City Council Meeting
Mon., 7:00 pm
2 Jan
City Council Meeting
Tue., 7:00 pm

Past Airport News 

Keep your eye on this section of for the latest information about Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC).

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, the City Council of the City of Sunfish Lake will discuss and vote on the budget and property taxes for the


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


The City of Sunfish Lake is unique in a lot of ways.  The large lots, rural feel, and lack of public sewer and water in a community surrounded by


Are you interested in your local water resources? LMRWMO is Seeking Public Input.  See this link:


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:

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.