Dakota County has declared an emergency in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and will close all public-facing county services beginning Wednesday, March 18. The closure will be in effect at least through Friday, April 10.
The closure includes all library locations, service and license centers, park buildings, and in-person appointments such as for social services and public assistance. Front desk and walk-up services are suspended, and county staff will work with clients to reschedule in-person appointments.
County staff are developing alternative ways to provide services and will update the public as new information becomes available.
Facilities closed to the public
- Administration Center in Hastings, Northern Service Center in West St. Paul, Western Service Center in Apple Valley.
- County license centers.
- All nine county library locations.
- Park facilities including Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center, Dakota Lodge, Camp Spring Lake Retreat Center and Camp Sacajawea. Parks, trails and bathrooms remain open.
- The CareerForce location at Northern Service Center.
- The Recycling Zone in Eagan.
The county board met and ratified the emergency declaration on Friday, March 20.
Public assistance and support
Employment & Economic Assistance
All public assistance programs are being administered over the phone or email.
Accepting applications to the Dislocated Workers Program by mail.
WIC is serving families by phone-only. If you are due for benefits or it's time for your appointment, please call 952-891-7525.
All library locations are closed until at least April 10. Virtual programs and online resources are still available.
See Dakota County Library response to COVID-19.
All public-facing park facilities are closed, including the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan and Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center at Spring Lake Park Reserve in Hastings. The closure will last at least through April 10. Parks and trails are still open.
See Dakota County Parks response to COVID-19.
For court disruptions, go to the Minnesota Judicial Branch website.
Jail visitation is suspended. Fingerprinting services are suspended.
Permits and licenses
Service and License Centers
In-person appointments are canceled through at least April 10. Some services are still accessible through mail.
Home and property
Property Taxation and Records
In-person property tax payment unavailable. Other methods of payments still available. Recording property records can be completed by mail.
Open book meetings for property valuation have been canceled.
Plat recordings can still be conducted by mail.
All in-person educational courses have been canceled. The Recycling Zone is closed until at least April 10.