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Hennepin County


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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.

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

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Hennepin County delivers a variety of conservation services to protect our land and water. The county also coordinates with partners to effectively use resources in meeting common natural resource goals.

Resources include:

  • Delivery of conservation services and development of the Natural Resources Strategic Plan
  • Coordination of the Hennepin Natural Resources Partnership
  • Natural resources map and inventories
  • Sustainable landscaping guidelines

Learn more about conservation services and resources.

Hennepin County provides a variety of funding and expert assistance for natural resources projects.

Grants and assistance available include:

  • Natural resources good steward and opportunity grants
  • Aquatic invasive species grants
  • Healthy tree canopy grants
  • Site cleanup and assessment funding
  • Well sealing cost share program
  • Funding for rural and agricultural landowners, including land protection, habitat restoration, soil health improvement, and agricultural best management practices

Learn more about the grant funding and assistance available.

Hennepin County has programs and resources available to help protect and enhance our tree canopy.

The Hennepin County Community Forestry Strategic Plan defines goals and objectives that the county’s forestry program will pursue from 2020 to 2025 to protect the county’s tree canopy and increase the benefits that trees provide.

The county offers grants to improve the tree canopy, partners on tree planting and reforestation projects, resources to raise awareness about the threat of emerald ash borer, and tips for tree care and identification.

Learn more about the county’s forestry program.

Hennepin County receives funding from the State of Minnesota to manage the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS), such as zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, carp and other species.

The county’s work include partnering with local units of government and organizations through grants that prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, coordinating volunteers to monitor for aquatic invasive species, and conducting research.

Learn more about the county’s work to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

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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.

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Real estate recording information

Legal documents from real estate transactions related to property within Hennepin County, and other documents such as military separations and tax liens are recorded here. Read more about real estate recording.

Real estate document copies and research

Access county land records in person or online. Options include a fee per item subscription, limited index searches at no cost and a self-service research center. Access property records.

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 about federal housing programs.

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 about healthy homes.

Property sales

Tax-forfeited land

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


An online database gives information on real estate sales conducted by the sheriff. Use the foreclosure 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 about surplus property.

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.

Find more solid hauler information.

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.

Supplier Portal

The county is now posting all commodities and biddable services opportunities in the Supplier Portal. Most professional services requests for proposals will soon be posted in the Supplier Portal. Learn more about the Supplier Portal.

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Hennepin County delivers a variety of programs to protect and preserve the environment.

The county offers programs to reduce and responsibly manage waste, protect land and water, take action on climate change, and promote environmental stewardship. The county is also leading the way in developing innovative programs to respond to the most urgent environmental issues.

Learn more about our programs and how to stay connected.

A wide variety of free environmental education resources and project support is available to organizations working with residents and youth in Hennepin County.

Resources available include:

  • Environmental education newsletter and environmental education network Facebook group
  • Communication resources and print materials
  • Curriculum ideas and activity guides
  • Network, training, volunteer, and community science opportunities
  • Education kits, activity supplies, and event displays
  • Tours, field trip transportation, and presentations
  • Environmental education programs

Hennepin County provides funding and support to organizations to actively educate, engage and motivate residents to become environmental stewards and make positive behavior changes.

Hennepin County awards two types of environmental education grants:

  • Environmental action grants for projects that focus on motivating adults to do more to protect the environment
  • Youth environmental education grants for projects that engage youth in learning about the environment and becoming environmental stewards

Learn more about Green Partners grants.

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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 about AHIF.

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