Olmsted County reopening government buildings in phased approach

After two months of its government buildings being closed to the public, Olmsted County is reopening Government Center and specific services. The county is taking a cautious, phased approach to reopening and implementing new processes and procedures to protect the health and safety of employees and the community.

Government Center 

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

Visitors will notice new COVID-19 signage and protective measures in place to help ensure physical distancing guidelines are being followed. Anyone visiting the Government Center is encouraged to wear a face covering for the protection of others. Further, we ask all visitors to limit the number of people accompanying them in the building.  

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 Service 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 Service 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.

Minnesota Third Judicial District Court 
Courtrooms remain open for business on a limited basis and are subject to the following conditions: 
  • Access to the Olmsted County Government Center is limited to the parties participating in the hearing, attorneys who represents those parties, necessary court staff, and other individuals the presiding judge determines are necessary to conduct the hearing.
  • Representatives of the media are permitted to attend hearings held in the courtroom upon request. Consult the judicial branch website for more information regarding media request.
  • Parties attending a hearing shall be escorted to the second-floor security checkpoint and must identify the hearing or proceeding for which their attendance is required (e.g. provide the name of the case or case number).
  • The court administration and self-help services are limited to electronic and telephone services.

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. Persons may also drop off paper filings with the security deputy at the front entrance. 

Government Center – What’s still closed? 

Other county offices in the building will remain locked, such as Administration and Human Resources. Call 507-328-6000 for assistance. 

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 

This building remains closed 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 month of May.  
  • Oxbow, Root River, and Chester Woods parks and trails are still open. 

Campsites at Chester Woods and Oxbow

Campsites at Olmsted County’s Chester Woods and Oxbow parks are reopening to the public on Monday, June 1, 2020.

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.

Community Services Volunteer Driver Program 

This program is suspended until further notice.

Olmsted County public meetings

Board of Commissioner meetings and other committee meetings are now happening virtually. 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.