Olmsted County government buildings opening in phased approach
5/15/2020

Please note that under Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-81, masks are now required to enter any of our government buildings or when waiting outside to receive services. For a full description of the Executive Order and related exemptions, please visit the State of Minnesota website

Visitors are asked to follow COVID-19 signage and protective measures in place to help ensure physical distancing guidelines are being followed.  Further, we ask all visitors to limit the number of people accompanying them in the building.  

Government Center 

Olmsted County has opened the Government Center for the following in-person services. 

Property Records and Licensing (PRL)
  • Birth certificates/death certificates
  • Marriage licenses
  • Property tax services/payments: Residents can continue making payments at the drop-box located at the Government Center entrance. 
  • Recording of real estate documents
  • Driver’s licenses/state ID cards 
  • Passport services

To increase efficiencies, enhance the client experience, and minimize lines of people in the Government Center building, anyone needing driver’s license services can use the new Olmsted County Online Check-in system to schedule an arrival time. More information about this new tool and the updated driver’s license process is now available on the Olmsted County website Services Directory.

Please note that the expiration date for any valid driver's license, instruction permit, provisional license, operator's permit, limited license, and farm work license that has expired during the peacetime emergency has been extended. The extension is good for two months after the month the peacetime emergency ends, currently scheduled for June 12. 

The new Olmsted County Online Check-in system has also launched for passport services. For details about the new passport process, see the Olmsted County website Services Directory.

Sheriff’s Office

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting permits to carry by appointment only. The Civil Warrants window on the second floor is also open. 

The Civil Division of the Sheriff’s Office is still not accepting eviction paperwork as Executive Order #20-14 is still in effect under the Peacetime Emergency Declaration.

The public is strongly discouraged from making in-person criminal reports to law enforcement at the Government Center. Please continue to call the Communications Unit at 507-328-6800. As always, if you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim Services

In response to COVID-19, the Victim Services lobby will be closed to the public and we are not taking walk-ins at this time. However, we do want to support you with any advocacy needs that you may have. If you are in need of services, please call our 24/7 crisis line 507-289-0636 and you will be connected for remote services or set up for a future appointment. Our program is still providing crisis response to St. Mary's for Sexual Assault Exams, Law Enforcement, emergency court hearing appearances, and the Child Advocacy Center.


Minnesota Third Judicial District Court 

For the most up-to-date information, visit the Minnesota Courts website

For persons who have other business with the court, eFiling, U.S. Mail, and telephone access will be available. Contact Court Administration at 507-206-2400. 


Offices

Human Resources and Administration front desk is open. 


Campus and other locations

Building 2117 

This building remains closed, but services are available.
  • For Child and Family Services, contact 507-328-6400.
  • For Food, Cash, and Health Care Assistance, contact 507-328-6500. 
  • For the Housing & Redevelopment Authority, contact 507-328-7150.

Building 2100 

This building remains closed, but services are available.
  • For Public Health, contact 507-328-7500 
    • For COVID-19 questions, contact 507-328-2822. 
  • For Veterans Services, contact 507-328-6355. 
  • For Adult and Family Services, contact 507-328-6400.

Building 2122 

The Olmsted County Elections office recently moved to the 2122 building and will be open to the public June 26 through August 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Absentee voting is during business hours only and on the Saturday before the election, August 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other offices in the 2122 building remain closed to the public but services are available.
  • Building, well, and septic inspection services are available and can be scheduled online or by phone. 
  • For the Planning Department (e.g. building, well and septic permits, and land use application submittals) contact 507-328-7100.

County parks 

  • All county parks buildings are closed until further notice, including the Oxbow Park Nature Center, Zollman Zoo, and park offices. 
  • All classes and education programs are canceled through the summer.  
  • Oxbow, Root River, and Chester Woods parks and trails are still open. 
  • Campsites at Olmsted County’s Chester Woods and Oxbow parks are open for reservations.

Graham Park facilities

Reservations for September 1 and beyond at Graham Park are currently being accepted.

Waste-to-Energy Facility 

Tours of the facility are currently on hold.

Hazardous Waste Facility

The Hazardous Waste Reuse Room is open at a new location in the Quonset hut south of the Compost Site. Follow the entrance to the Compost Site. The Reuse Room is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Recycling Center Plus 

The Recycling Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Compost site 

The compost site is open daily from dawn to dusk. 

Public Works Service Center

The Public Works Service Center remains closed.

Olmsted County public meetings

Board of Commissioner meetings and other committee meetings are available virtually with limited in-person attendance. Please check the calendar page for the latest information.


COVID-19 information

For the latest information about COVID-19 in Olmsted County, visit the COVID-19 page. If you have questions related to COVID-19, contact the COVID-19 Community Hotline at 507-328-2822.