Mailbox Installation Policy

You must call Gopher State One Call at 800-252-1166 before you do any digging.  Why?  City right-of-ways are the areas provided for the placement of many public utilities, including: electric, gas, phone, water, sewer, and cable TV services.

Placement Standards

Mailboxes which are set back a minimum of six inches from the gutter cannot be struck by plowing equipment.  All supports must be of sufficient strength to withstand the pressure of snow being pushed against them and constructed of material that will not quickly deteriorate, like treated lumber and iron.  Mailboxes must be maintained so they will withstand all weather conditions.

Residents are reminded to check their mailboxes to ensure that they meet the following criteria in order to reduce the possibility of damage due to snow plowing operations:

A.  Front of mailbox should be flush with the back of the curb and 39" to 42" from the top of the curb to the bottom of the mailbox.

B.  Newspaper boxes and other containers should be set back a minimum of 6 inches from the back of the curb.

C.  The post should be set back a minimum of 12 inches from the back of the curb.

Mailbox Installation Graphic

Do not attach to utility poles or other public utility structures.  A minimum of 12 feet in all directions from fire hydrants must be maintained.  Snow must be removed by the postal patron.