Hennepin County

Business

Work with Hennepin County

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Contract opportunities

The county acquires goods and services through a process accessible to all businesses. Find current opportunities.

Contracting with the county

The county has several areas of contracting, each with a distinct process for introducing or registering your business for opportunities. Learn how to contract with the county

Vendor accounting information

Find substitute W-9s as well as purchase order and invoice information for the county. Find information.

Public works pre-qualification consulting services

Hennepin County Public Works is introducing a new way to do business through a pre-qualification consulting services program. We now accept new firms on a continuous basis. The pre-qualification program enables the county to verify the technical experience of a firm within specific work types (disciplines), and allows a more streamlined contracting process. 

Learn more about the program.

View work type details.

Fort Snelling Upper Post

The county has made improvements to the site with grant funding and is currently leading a task force to consolidate land titles and development rights. Learn more.

Environmental education resources

All organizations in the county have access to free resources:

Environmental education programs

The county provides a variety of environmental education programs and training opportunities:

The Green Partners Environmental Education Program provides funding and support to organization to implement projects that empower residents to reduce waste, increase recycling, reduce toxicity, conserve energy and protect water quality.

The Envirothon is a natural resources competition for senior and junior high school students. Funding to cover registration fees and buses is available.

The Schoolyard Garden Sustainability Workshop is a one-day, free workshop for Minneapolis Public School Teachers to learn how to connect gardens to various curriculum areas and school programs.

River Watch is a stream monitoring program that provides hands-on environmental education to school classes and student groups.

Ryan White HIV services

The county contracts with metro-area clinics and community-based organizations to provide core medical and supportive services for people living with HIV who have low income. Learn more.

Affordable housing incentive fund

This loan program funds development of affordable housing units for very low-income households. Loans are used for a variety of housing activities.

  • Rental
  • Homeownership
  • New construction
  • Substantial and moderate rehabilitation
  • Preservation  
  • Transitional
  • Supportive
  • Mixed-income

Read more.

County road map

Highway map

The county issues a highway map every two years. Get a copy of the road and bike map at most service centers, by calling 612-596-0352 or by using the road and bike map request form.

2013 Hennepin County road map (PDF)

Construction map

In 2014, there will be dozens of projects on the county transportation system. See the current active projects on the map below. Additional information will be added as the construction season moves along. 

View projects on the construction map.

Funding programs

The county provides financial assistance for roads and bridges to communities of less than 5,000 through county aid to municipalities. The county also provides funding for bikeway and sidewalk projects through the capital improvement program. Read more.

Licenses and permits

Make it official

Driveways

An entrance permit is required on county roads:

  • Whenever a new driveway or street connection is proposed on a county road
  • Whenever an existing driveway is proposed to be modified (widened, channelized, relocated, etc.)
  • Whenever a driveway is removed (required for work in the county roadway right-of-way)
  • Changes in site land uses (even if no modifications to existing driveways are proposed)
  • If temporary access is needed to facilitate construction activities
  • If development-driven traffic impacts predicate needed changes on the county roadway (such as the need for turn or auxiliary lanes)

Apply for an entrance permit.

Gambling

The county issues gambling permits only within communities that are unchartered. Learn more.

Recycling and hazardous waste

Disposal, licenses and assistance

Information for licensed haulers who deliver municipal solid waste to Hennepin County’s facilities, including the operating manual, fee reports, holiday hours and newsletter.

Read more.

Property

Find resources and services

Property information search

Get information on Hennepin County properties, including taxes due (tax statement), current and prior year taxes, assessment values, tax parcel description and sales information. Search now.

Understanding your property taxes

Property taxes are your share of the total cost of local government, and they are used to help support a variety of resources in the county, cities and schools.

Learn about how taxes are determined and what they pay for, and get information about your property tax notices. Read more.

Recording

Real estate records

The Recorder / Registrar of Titles records legal documents from real estate transactions related to property within Hennepin County. We also record other documents such as military separations and tax liens. Read more.

Examiner of Titles

Attorneys, title insurance companies, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, and real estate owners interact with this office for legal issues related to registered land. Get instructions and forms.

Housing programs

Federal housing programs

The county uses federal funds to provide financial assistance for home ownership, housing rehabilitation, public service for low income households, and affordable rental housing. Read more.

Lead-based paint and Healthy Homes program

Grant assistance to repair and safely remove health hazards in homes, including lead paint, radon, moisture, trips and falls, and other safety issues. Read more.

Property sales

Tax-forfeited land

Learn about the tax-forfeited land program and find properties to purchase. Read more.

Foreclosures

An online database gives information on real estate sales conducted by the sheriff. Use the database.

Surplus property

The public can buy various types of county property through sealed bids, requests for proposals and auctions. Property can include county vehicles, buildings, office furniture and land. Read more

Environmental Response Fund

This grant program funds assessment and cleanup of contaminated sites. Read more.

Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

Low-interest loans are available to clean up hazardous waste and petroleum contamination. Read more

Bassett Creek Areawide Groundwater Study

Information from the Bassett Creek Areawide Groundwater Study, which provides a comprehensive picture of the area’s environmental history and groundwater contamination, is now available through an Environmental Data Access Tool (EDAT). Read more

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