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You may contact our office for the application that you need by calling 651-213-8550 or by sending us an email. The application can also be downloaded from our website, completed, printed then either brought into or mailed to our office. Do not email or fax the application to us. Please review our Homestead Page to find the correct Homestead Application that you need.
Please your the LINK to our Property Assessment Review Online Form.
Estimated Market Value - This value is what the assessor estimates your property would likely sell for on the open market. State law requires assessors to value property at 100% of market value.
The interactive GIS map is maintained by the geographic information systems, which is a Division of our Enterprise Services Department.
State law requires that the value and classification of real estate be established as of January 2 each year. All good sales and transactions of property are reviewed annually through statistical analysis to make determinations about market conditions and adjustments that are required to meet the Minnesota Department of Revenue guidelines for equalization. The valuation process includes the following:
Yes. The owner/occupant must apply and meet the homestead requirements
You can apply for the homestead status at the Chisago County Government Center located at 313 N Main St, Center City, MN 55012.
May 29th is the last day for owners of manufactured homes assessed as personal property to establish their homestead and to apply for homestead treatment with the Assessor's Office.
You will need to stop into the Assessor's or Auditor-Treasurer's Office and clarify that all current and back taxes are paid. When we verify that all back and current taxes are paid, we will issue you a title transfer document that you will need to take to the license bureau to have the title transferred.
NOTE: The license bureau will NOT transfer the title without this document.
August 31st is the last day to pay the first half (or all if $50 or less) of personal property taxes on manufactured homes without penalty.
November 15th is the last day to pay second half real estate taxes on manufactured housing without penalty.
Auctioneer, Fireworks / Pyrotechnic Effects, Liquor, Precious Metals and Tobacco. Please refer to the License page
Yes, you may pay over the phone via IVR - (Integrated Voice Response).
Or visit our PAYMENTS page for other ways to pay
Good question and one that is most often asked! We will always send out a copy of the tax statement to the property owner for your records. A separate listing is sent to each mortgage company providing the necessary information they will need to make your payment.
Taxes are due based on property classification.
When sending in your tax payment by mail, it needs to be postmarked on or before the due date. We suggest that you hand deliver to the postmaster if it is being mailed on the due date. If you are paying your taxes in person, you need to pay on or before the due date to avoid paying a penalty.
See Due Dates & Penalties for more information
The Chisago County Auditor-Treasurer's Office does not accept payments on a monthly basis, however, we will accept partial payments on current year taxes only. A person making partial payments should be aware that the due dates still apply and any portion of the tax not paid by the due date is subject to penalty. See the penalty schedule here.
You will receive your real estate tax statement once a year. Real Estate statements are mailed by the end of March. Mobile home statements are mailed out in mid July.
When a taxpayer is paying on several parcels, it is not necessary to write more than one check. You may add up the amount due on all of your parcels and write one check for the total (make sure to include all payment stubs with your payment).
If you pay your taxes late there will be a penalty assessed. To figure your penalty due, here is the penalty schedule.
No reminders will be sent out! Tax statements are sent out once a year at the end of March for real estate and mid July for mobile homes. Payment stubs showing the due dates are at the bottom.
Property tax statements are mailed out once a year. If you purchase your property after the tax statements have already been mailed out, you will NOT receive a tax statement from us. Instead, you will receive a "courtesy letter" stating the taxes due for the year.
You will receive this letter regardless if your mortgage company is escrowing for your taxes and intend to pay them. If you would like to obtain a copy of the tax statement see the Property Tax Information website. You will need to provide your parcel identification number or your address.
Here is a copy of your tax statement. You will need to have available your parcel identification number or property address. Remember to change the year you are requesting in the drop down box. If you do not see the year you are requesting, please call our main number at 651-213-8500 to obtain a duplicate copy.
When the total tax due for the year is $100 or less, payment must be made in full by May 15th.
You can complete our Address Change Form and submit the information directly to our department.
The Auditor-Treasurer's Office accepts credit/debit card or electronic check for license fees issued by that office. Note: The vendor charges a 2.5% ($2.00 minimum) convenience fee when paying with a credit/debit card or a $1.50 convenience fee when paying with an eCheck up to $10,000.
Licenses issued are Tobacco, Liquor, Fireworks, Auctioneer and Precious Metals.
Any individual seeking a Substance Abuse Disorder or Comprehensive Assessment to determine substance use disorders MUST apply themselves, regardless of age. Minors have the right to apply on their own, without parental consent. Incarcerated individuals should speak with jail program staff regarding processes available to them to apply.
Due to data privacy laws, your information cannot be shared with anyone outside of the Chisago County Chemical Dependency Unit without a signed release of information from you specifying information that may be shared. Information about you cannot be shared with other Human Services programs or Probation without a release of information. Information would only be shared without your consent if there were a significant risk of danger to yourself or others.
Contact your insurance regarding benefits available to you. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may or may not qualify for Behavioral Health funding. Insurance eligibility factors will be discussed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment. If you know you are on a Pre-paid Medical Assistance Program (PMAP) for health insurance, you are suggested to contact your specific provider for substance abuse services. Chisago County is a provider for Medical Assistance and Blue Plus.
Not typically. After you are approved for Behavioral Health Funds, an appointment will be scheduled for the Comprehensive Assessment.
No. The process remains the same for all clients.
The professional that completes your assessment can assist you in finding a treatment facility that offers the level of care that's recommended for you.
You can inquire on treatment facility availability on the Fast-Tracker website.
If you have health insurance through the County/State (medical assistance or a pre-paid medical assistance plan), your insurance will cover 100% of treatment that is recommended for you.
If you have no insurance, or your insurance doesn't pay 100% of the treatment costs, you may be eligible for funding through the County. Eligibility is based on household size and income.
Chemical Health Services are voluntary, which means you can't request it for someone else. the person themselves needs to want the service and request it.
Numerous resources for friends/family members can be found on the Hazelden Betty Ford website.
Questions can be sent to us by emailing Chisago County Chemical Health.
Please check out the Chemical Health Resources Page of our website.
According to state law, anyone caring for children from more than one (1) unrelated family must be licensed. Providing child care, illegally, is a misdemeanor.
Child care licensing fees were implemented on October 1, 2003. Fee information can be found in Minnesota Statute 245A.10.
At the orientation training session, child care licensing staff will cover licensing rules and child care practice.
Department of Human Services (DHS) Licensing Applications can be found on the DHS Website - Child Care Licensing or on the Chisago County Child Care Licensing - Forms Page of our website.
After the county receives a completed application, a background study is completed of the applicant and family members. Background studies are completed by DHS and are fingerprint based studies.
When all application information has been received, and the background study is successfully completed a home licensing inspection is scheduled. Once the inspection is completed, and all other requirements are met, licensing staff recommends that the Minnesota Department of Human Services issue a license.
Licensed family child care providers can expect unscheduled visits from Chisago County as part of their license requirements. Staff understand concerns and do not expect activities with children to stop because of the visit. Staff recognizes that caring for children is the provider's primary responsibility. The purpose of the visit is to monitor the success of licensed family child care.
After the application is received with the fee payment,, an individual can be licensed as quickly as within one (1) month of licensing receiving the application and it can take as long as three (3) months. There are many factors that affect the licensing process timelines.
Most providers start out with the ability to care for ten (10) total children at one time.
Of those ten (10) children, there can be a maximum of six (6) children under school age. Of those six (6) children, there can be a combination of three (3) infants and toddlers with no more than two (2) infants at one time.
To become a licensed provider, please call Social Services Intake at 651-213-5672 to begin the process.
You can file a claim in conciliation court for an amount up to the limit set by law.
Conciliation Court will not accept a claim that exceeds the limit set by law. You can reduce the amount of your claim so it can be heard in Conciliation Court. If you do reduce your claim to the limit of Conciliation Court, you will not be allowed to ask for more money later. You may not file any other claims related to the same incident.
Note: This rule may apply to any other claims related to the same incident.Obtaining a judgment in Conciliation Court may prevent you from bringing any other claims based on the same transaction or occurrence.
In deciding whether to file your claim, be aware that obtaining a judgment in conciliation court does not guarantee payment. You should consider whether the person the claim is against (the defendant) will be able to pay you. Although you may win your case, Conciliation Court is not a collection agency. As you attempt to collect the judgment, you will have out of pocket expenses for filing fees, transcription costs and other costs of collecting a judgment. Separate information about the collection process is available.
For additional information, visit the Minnesota’s state court website.
Send your comment, statement, question or proposal to County Administrator Chase Burnham using our Citizen Forum Online Form, send thru the U.S. Post Office, or Email to Chase Burnham.
Send via mail to: Chase Burhnham, County Administrator - 313 N Main St, Suite 170 - Center City, MN 55012.
The County Board Chair for 2023 is Ben Montzka, District 4.
The County Board Vice Chair for 2023 is Marlys Dunne, District 3.
The Commissioner representing District #1 is Jim Swenson.
The Commissioner representing District #3 is Marlys Dunne.
The Commissioner representing District #5 is Dan Dahlberg.
Effective January 2023, due to redistricting approved 04/13/2022, a map of the county's districts (PDF) is available for reference.
Effective January 2023, due to redistricting approved 04/13/2022, a map of the county's districts (PDF) is available for reference.
Conciliation Court was created to allow citizens to bring their legal claims before the court without expensive costs, attorney's fees, or complicated legal procedures. For more information, please visit the State Court Website.
Conciliation Court can settle claims that are below the limit set by law. For additional information, visit Minnesota's State Court Website.
A Guardian Ad Litem provides advocacy for children by gathering information to make recommendations in court regarding their best interest. Please visit the State Court Website for more information.
You must file for a change of name in the county where you live and you must have lived in the State of Minnesota for at least 6 months. More information is available on the State Court Website.
A Harassment Restraining Order is a court order forbidding someone from harassing and / or making contact with another or any minor children in the home. Visit the State Court Website for more information.
An application form must be obtained from Court Administration, which must be truthfully completed and verified. If the court determines you do not make enough money to hire counsel, an attorney most often called a "Public Defender" will be appointed. Please visit the State Court Website for more information.
You can pay your fine by mail, over the telephone, online, or in person. Visit the State Court Website for more information.
The maximum fine for a Petty Misdemeanor is $300. A Petty Misdemeanor is not a crime and therefore carries no jail time. You may be represented by an attorney hired at your own expense. If you wish to plead not guilty, you are entitled to a court trial. A court trial is a trial by a judge without a jury. Please visit the State Court Website for more information.
The maximum penalty is $1,000 and / or 90 days in jail. A Misdemeanor is a crime and consequently a more serious offense. If you cannot afford an attorney to represent you, you may apply for the services of a Public Defender. More information regarding Misdemeanors is available on the State Court Website. If you wish to plead not guilty, you are entitled to a jury trial. A jury trial would consist of 6 persons and all 6 persons would have to agree that you are guilty before you could be convicted and sentenced.
You must appear in court if:
If you are unsure whether or not you must appear in court, call them at 651-213-7010.
Online court forms may be found on Minnesota's State Court Website.
Visit the State Court Website for our Schedule of Fees.
The Chisago County District Judges are:
Training is approx. 3 hours
The second Tuesday in March with the exception of Nessel & Lent Townships, which are held during the general election in November.
Please email the webmaster.
View the emergency road atlas (PDF).
To learn how to become a member of 4-H, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website's 4-H member section.
To view helpful tips to determine problems in your garden, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website's plant section.
For help determining a species of insect, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website's insect section.
To determine if a plant is a weed, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website's weed section.
To learn about the Master Gardener Program, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website's master gardener section.
We’ve created for you an Online Family Health Public Health Nursing Referral Form that is submitted directly to a Public Health Nurse.
If you have any questions, please contact Maternal Child Health Nurse Jennifer Barnick by calling 651-213-5229 or by Emailing Jennifer Barnick.
GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. GIS is an integrated collection of computer software and data used to view and manage information about geographic places, analyze spatial relationships, and model spatial processes. A GIS provides a framework for gathering and organizing spatial data and related information so that it can be displayed and analyzed.
To generalize, GIS is a database linked to a map. This means that any information you may have, which has locational data (Latitude, Longitude; Address;...), can be placed on a map and give you endless possibilities with which to use for analysis.
Yes. We currently have all layers we own, available at no cost to download. Download GIS Shapefiles.
Testing and assessment varies for each position. The examination may be a computer test, written test, oral interview, a training and experience rating, or a combination of these.
Testing is usually scheduled during normal business hours.
Appointment to some positions requires candidates to take medical examinations. These positions include public works, law enforcement, and others.
Some positions require a drug test and some also require a psychological examination and complete background check.
We accept online applications for open positions only (except for Human Services).
A completed Chisago County Application Form must be received by the time and date listed on the job posting. Late applications will not be accepted.
Human Services is covered under the Minnesota Merit System and has a separate application to complete. After submitting an application to the Minnesota Merit System, they will notify you of an exam time.
Based on passing scores, a register is compiled by the state. When a position is open, an agency requests a register to interview from.
If your completed application indicates that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position, you will be notified by email or phone of the next step in the selection process. The next step could be a written test, oral interview, or other assessment.
If your application is no longer being considered, you will be notified by email within 2 weeks of the closing of the position.
Should you have a disability that would prevent you from testing a position under standard conditions, please notify the Human Resources Director at 651-213-8830, so that every reasonable accommodation can be made.
You may view current openings from our employment opportunities page.
Yes, as of August 1, 2018 Chisago County began accepting payments for Health and Human Services Collection Fees by credit card, debit card or electronic check for the following fees:
- Child Care Overpayments
- Detox Fees
- Family Deductibles
- Foster Care Fees
- Medical Assistance Overpayments
- MFIP Overpayments
- SNAP Overpayments
Please Note: A 2.5% ($2.00 minimum) fee will be assessed when paying with a credit/debit card or a $1.50 fee will be assessed for eChecks up to $10,000.
Use the online link below for credit card, debit card or electronic check payments.
Online Payment to Health and Human Services Collections
Yes, Chisago County Health and Human Services does accept partial payments. Please call our Collections Officer at 651-213-5639 to make acceptable payment arrangements in order to cease any further collection activity on your account.
No, Chisago County Health and Human Services does not accept payments over the phone. Payments can be made in person (cash, check or money order/cashier's check), via mail (check or money order/cashier's check), or via online payment (credit/debit card or electronic check).
No, you can add payments to different fees on the same transaction when paying with a credit/debit care or electronic check. You have the ability to add multiple payments to your purchase.
Yes, you may write one check for the total amount of the fees that you owe.
A Watershed is an area of land that rain and snowmelt flows over on its way to entering a lake, river or wetland. A watershed is like a funnel – collecting water within the drainage area and channeling it into a stream, river or lake. Even if your home is not next to a lake, river or wetland, you still live in a watershed and the rain and snowmelt from your property flows to area lakes and rivers.
The Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed contains the communities of Center City, Lindstrom, and large portions of Chisago City and Chisago Lakes Township. Approximately 14,100 people live in the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
The Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed contains many of the premier recreational lakes in the northeast metro area. There are 19 lakes in the Watershed including North & South Center, North & South Lindstrom, Chisago and Green Lakes. Combined there are over 7,000 acres of lakes within the Watershed and many miles of streams.
Runoff water drains through many streams into the lakes. The water eventually flows from the Watershed into the Sunrise River via Bloomquist Creek. Water then flows north to the St. Croix River. What we do in the Chisago Lakes Watershed has an effect on the Sunrise River and the St. Croix.
1984 Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District map The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District was first established in 1976 by resolution of the Chisago County Board of Commissioners. The District was reactivated by resolution of the County Board in 1984 and is a taxing district. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District was established because of high water in area lakes. Shoreland homes were being flooded. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District installed a system of channels and weirs designed to drain excess water during times of high water. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District boundary was established as the best approximation of the watershed area at that time.
Over time, many lakes and streams within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed have become degraded. Degradation of our waters is harmful to fish habitat and negatively impacts recreational value by making swimming, boating and living near the lakes less desirable. As a result, in 2009 the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District expanded its mission to protect and restore the surface water resources of the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed. Minnesota Statutes 103B.521 states the boundary of a lake improvement district shall be encouraged to be as consistent as practical with natural hydrologic boundaries.
The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board of Directors is composed of 5 members representing specific areas and 2 at large Directors. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board provides policy recommendations to the Chisago County Board of Commissioners. The Board of Directors represent areas covering the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes watershed. Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board of Directors area representation
The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District actively promotes programs to: •Encourage environmentally sound land use practices for urban and agricultural areas to protect water quality within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed. •Maintain the ditch and weir system in order to control water levels during high water events. •Preserve, protect and enhance water quality within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed. •Promote environmental education, awareness and stewardship within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed. •Promote the reduction of non-native aquatic invasive species. •Protect, encourage and restore native shoreline to improve fish and wildlife habitat. •Restore, improve and maintain navigation channels between the lakes. •Support safe and balanced recreational use of surface water. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District is an effective organization put in place to protect and restore area lakes and streams. It is funded through an annual budgeting process.
The 1984 map and 2009 map are similar but not the same. Overlap of 1984 and 2009 maps The majority of parcels identified in both maps are the same. There are a number of parcels in the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed that are not included in the original 1984 Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District boundary map. Some parcels in the 1984 Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District map are outside the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
Put simply, it is proposed that the existing Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District boundary be adjusted to match the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes watershed drainage area. In 2009 the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board of Directors adopted the official Minnesota Department of Natural Resources map of the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed. The Board made the decision to work on projects throughout the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed and not limit projects to the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District taxation area identified in 1984. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District 2015 Water Resource Management Plan, mission, goals, objectives and by-laws are based on the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
In December 2014, the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board of Directors passed a motion to recommend that the Chisago County Board of Commissioners begin the process of adjusting the original 1984 Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District taxation boundary to match the official 2009 Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
In March 2015, the Chisago County Board of Commissioners passed a motion to prepare a Resolution of Intent initiating the process to evaluate and potentially adjust the taxation boundary to be consistent with the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary.
On May 20, 2015 the Chisago County Board of Commissioners approved a Resolution of Intent to re-establish the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District consistent with the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary.
Thanks to financing provided by area residents and multiple state and federal grants, the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District participates in many projects to protect and restore lakes and streams. A prerequisite of most state and federal water quality improvement grants is that a local unit of government provide a portion of the funding. By supplying these funds, the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District has been instrumental in helping the entire Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed receive well over a million dollars ($1,000,000) in state and federal grants.
The following fact sheets highlight Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District activities that benefit lakeshore, non-lakeshore, city, and rural residents.
295th Street Neighborhood Retrofit – LindstromAquatic Invasive Species TreatmentChisago County Children’s Water FestivalChisago County Water Quality and Aquatic Invasive Species MonitoringChisago Lakes Watershed Best Management Practices ImplementationCarp ManagementDitch and Weir MaintenanceFish Kill DisposalFurgala/Labernik Rain Garden – Center CityGroundwater Observation WellsHook, Line and Sinker Recycling Program and SummaryLake Avenue Dead End Street Project – Chisago CityLake Level Monitoring ProgramLake Level GraphsSummary for Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed lake level monitoring activitiesLake Water Quality MonitoringLoren’s Park – Center CityMinimal Impact Design StandardsNorth Center North Lindstrom ChannelPleasant Hill Park – LindstromPublic Outreach and AwarenessPumphouse Park/Elm Street Project – LindstromRural Subwatershed AssessmentSeptic System ComplianceSlow No-Wake OrdinanceSouth Center Lake Boat Launch – LindstromSurfland Neighborhood Rain Gardens – Chisago CitySwamp Lake Outlet EasementsUrban and Shoreline Best Management PracticesWater Trail SystemWatercraft Inspection ProgramWatercraft Inspection Report
Chisago Lakes Achievement CenterChisago Lakes ArcheryChisago Lakes Area ISD #2144Chisago Lakes Area Community FoundationChisago Lakes Area LibraryChisago Lakes Area Rugby ClubChisago Lakes ArenaChisago Lakes Baptist SchoolChisago Lakes Chamber of CommerceChisago Lakes Community EducationChisago Lake Evangelical Lutheran ChurchChisago Lakes Golf CourseChisago Lakes High SchoolChisago Lakes Hockey AssociationChisago Lakes Hoops ClubChisago Lakes Lake Improvement DistrictChisago Lakes Lions ClubChisago Lakes Mutual Insurance CompanyChisago Lakes Primary SchoolChisago Lakes Protection and Restoration PlanOthers…
The Chisago Lakes Watershed provides outstanding recreational opportunities. The lakes are a tremendous asset to the community and the reason many people live here and identify with the area. The lakes boost the local economy by boosting tourism. The lakes provide a sense of place and community.
Over time, many lakes and streams within the Watershed have become degraded. Degradation of our waters is harmful to fish habitat and negatively impacts recreational value by making swimming, boating and living near the lakes less desirable.
North & South Center, Linn, Little, Ogren, Pioneer, School, and Wallmark Lakes are impaired, meaning these lakes do not meet water quality standards established by the State of Minnesota for lakes in this area. Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed impaired waters map
The Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District, with partial funding provided by the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District, is installing projects throughout the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed that improve the quality of water entering area lakes and streams.
Currently, approximately 5,650 parcels are assessed an average of $41 per parcel per year. If the tax boundary were adjusted to be consistent with the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary approximately 1,400 parcels would be added. In addition, approximately 60 parcels outside the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed would be removed. This would result in a total of approximately 7,050 parcels in the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
If the total tax levy remains at $232,000 then the average annual assessment would be $33 per parcel. 5,650 parcels would receive an annual tax decrease of $8 and 1,400 parcels would receive an annual tax increase of $33.
If a parcel is entirely within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary it will be included in the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District.
If more than 50% of the land area of a parcel is within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary it is proposed to be included in the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District.
If 50% or less of the land area of a parcel is within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary it is not proposed to be included in the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District.
If a parcel is entirely outside the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary it will not be included in the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District.
Yes, we have a New App: Child Care Providers in Chisago County (arcgis.com) to find providers specific to Chisago County.
Check out the Child Care Locator App (PDF) to find out how to use the app.
You can contact Child Care Aware by calling 1-888-291-9811 or locate licensed child care by using Parent Aware Website.
Contact Chisago County Human Services Family Child Care Department by calling 651-213-5249.
Yes, parents can do a statewide search for licensed providers by contacting the Department of Human Services (DHS).
Yes. When ordering more than one document, add another item to the cart.
Yes. For multiple copies, add another item to the cart.
Yes. However, if you are submitting payments for multiple departments you MUST enter and process them separately.
No. These payments MUST be paid to Chisago County Court Administration. This department is a State Agency therefore doesn't use the County Online Payment System.
Yes. Our vendor charges a convenience fee.
Yes. However, penalty and interest will incur if the taxes are not paid in full by the due date.
You will receive a COLLECTION LETTER from them.
Central Collections is responsible for processing payments on accounts that have gone into DEFAULT. They can ONLY accept payments if one of our departments has turned your account over to them to collect.
Solid Waste License Applications and/or Renewals are now available through an Online Process. Please follow ALL instructions detailed on the Chisago County Solid Waste License Checklist (PDF).
Health & Human Services currently accepts ONLY collection payments.
You must have a copy of your collection letter/statement with you while making an online payment for the following:
Parks & Trails accepts payment for reservation of Chisago County Park Shelters and/or Campsites.
Yes, if you plan on having a number of participants and/or activities outside the park shelter area such as: fishing contest, tournaments, films, multiple canopies or tents. Please see the Regulations Page of the Special Use Permit (PDF) and Regulations Page of the Large Event Special Use Permit (PDF) to see if your activity requires more than just a Park Shelter Reservation. Please contact the Parks Office if you are unsure.
The main difference is the number of participants that will occupy a park or trail at a given time. Fee amounts will also vary between these two permits.
Damage Deposits are required for each Large Event Special Use Permit. Following a review of the event after it has occurred, all or a portion of the damage deposit will be refunded.
Any daily event or large gathering of more than 75 participants who will occupy a portion of a park or trail for a specific activity in accordance with County Ordinances.
Any daily event or gathering of 30 to 74 participants who will occupy a portion of a park or trail for a specific activity in accordance with the County Ordinances.
Contact Park Director Joseph Tart by emailing County Parks or by calling 651-213-8960. You can call 24/7 and leave a message at the office if there is no answer. The Park Director will return your email or phone call at the first available opportunity.
Ki-Chi-Saga County Park - 29061 Glader Blvd - Lindstrom:
Maximum of four (4).
South Center Lake
To reserve a campsite, please use our Online Reservation Process.
When you have completed the online reservation and payment process you will receive an email confirmation.
There are no postings provided for campsites.
Please have access to the email confirmation of your reservation and payment to secure the site.
A campsite costs $15 per night.
It's possible someone else unknowingly pitched a tent, not knowing that campsites need to be reserved and paid for in advance.
You will need to inform them and show proof of your reservation confirmation.
Vehicle permits are NOT required at Checkerboard County Park, Dennis Frandsen County Park, Ki-Chi-Saga County Park, or Kost Dam County Park.
You can mail a donation to the Chisago County Parks & Trails Office at 313 N Main St, Suite 240, Center City, MN 55012. Please include your name and address so proper recognition and acknowledgement can be provided back to you.
Yes. There are caches in all of the County Parks and on the County Trails. Find information and coordinates at the Geocaching.com website.
Yes. There are currently over a dozen "cache types" in geocaching, with each cache type being a different variation of the game. Geocaches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. They may be at your local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street.
You will need a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone so that you can navigate to the cache, and a Geocaching.com Membership.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
At its simplest level, geocaching requires these 8 steps: 1. Register for a free Basic Membership at Geocaching.com. 2. Visit the "Hide & Seek a Cache" page. 3. Enter your postal code and click "search". 4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name. 5. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device. 6. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache. 7. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location. 8. Share your geocaching stories and photos online.
Checkerboard County Park - 38990 Keystone Ave - North BranchDennis Frandsen County Park - 1331 North Lake Dr - BrahamFish Lake County Park - 43308 Elmcrest Ave - HarrisKi-Chi-Saga County Park - 29061 Glader Blvd - LindstromKost Dam County Park - 11535 Kost Trail - North Branch
County Parks are open to the public. You are permitted to reserve a shelter area or a campsite.
Shelter Reservation Cost:
Weekday and Non-Holiday:
All shelters have a large group grill near them. The shelter at Kost Dam County Park has a standard grill adjacent to it.
The shelters at the various parks all have electric and should seat approximately:
Special arrangements will be made to get you a key. You will need to have a designated person responsible to open and close the restrooms for your group.
Restrooms at Checkerboard County Park, Dennis Frandsen County Park and Kost Dam County Park will be open for use and no special arrangements are necessary.
To reserve a park shelter, please use our Online Reservation Process.
When the County has received payment by cash, check or credit card we will send you a confirmation and posting.
Yes, if you plan on having several participants and/or activities outside the park shelter area such as: fishing contest, tournaments, films, multiple canopies, or tents.
Please see the Regulations Page of the Special Use Permit (PDF) and Regulations Page of the Large Event Special Use Permit (PDF) to see if your activity requires more than just a Park Shelter Reservation.
Please contact the Parks Office by calling 651-213-8960 if you are unsure.
Yes. If you cancel the shelter reservation four (4) weeks prior to your event you will receive a 50% refund.
If you walk-in or bike-in there is no fee to use a County Park.
However, all vehicles entering Fish Lake County Park on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays require a permit from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
A posting will be displayed on the shelter that you reserved. You will need to bring your copy of the posting to replace it should someone inadvertently remove it before you arrive.
IF PARK STAFF ARE ON DUTY: Let them know and they will alert the park guests that the shelter has been reserved for the day by others.
IF PARK STAFF ARE NOT ON DUTY: It will be important that you have brought a copy of your shelter reservation posting. You will need to show them the posting with matching date and correct park identified on it. You will need to inform them that your group has paid and reserved the shelter for the day and are planning to set-up for your event. Ask them to please remove their belongings from the shelter area until you are finished.
Fish Lake County Park has a boat landing. All other County Parks have carry-in access only.
Drones are permitted in County Parks at this time. However, the owners must follow FAA regulations and they cannot be used over busy park areas. If open field areas are available drone use is permitted.
There is an honor box. You need to place your payment in an envelope and then place the green slip on your window.
All vehicles entering Fish Lake County Park on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays require a permit from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Yes. A season pass is $20 and is good for one (1) season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) at Fish Lake County Park.
You will need to contact the Parks Office by calling 651-213-8960 to request special approval on any large tents.
Another consideration is anticipated parking availability, if park management believes there will be no parking due to other large scheduled events, tents would not be permitted.
Depending on availability, other County Parks with shelters are:
You can also check with nearby cities regarding their parks.
We are located in the lower level of the Chisago County Government Center in Center City, MN in Suite 100.
If you are a juvenile or a parent/guardian of a juvenile on supervision, or an adult client ordered to Pretrial Supervision or sentenced to probation on a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offense please call 651-213-8350. If you are on supervision for a felony level offense please call 651-257-1234.
Chisago County accepts payments for Probation Fees by credit card, debit card or electronic check for the following fees: - Domestic Abuse Investigation Fee - Driving With Care Fee - Intensive Supervision Fee - Local Correctional Fee - Pre Trial Fee - Testing Fee - UA Confirmation Fee Note: A 2.5% ($2.00 minimum) fee will be assessed for online payments. Also, you must enter your case number EXACTLY as it appears on your documents. You have the option of using the online link below for credit card, debit card or electronic check payments or you can also make a payment in person at our office with a credit card or debit card. Online Payment of Court Services/Probation Fees
Yes, Chisago County Probation does accept partial payments to go towards your fee(s). Payments can be made in person, via mail,. We accept payments in the form of cash, check, money order, cashier's check, or credit/debit card.
No, you can add payments to different fees on the same transaction when paying with a credit/debit card. You have the ability to add multiple payments to your purchase.
Contact Court Administration, which is located on the top level of the Government Center in Room 358. Email Court Administration or call 651-213-7010 for more information.
Contact Court Administration by calling 651-213-7010 for more information.
Contact Court Administration by calling 651-213-7010 or Email Court Administration, or contact the Sheriff's Office at 651-213-4100.
Contact Court Administration, which is located on the top level of the Government Center in Room 358. Email Court Administration, or call 651-213-7010 for more information.
You must contact your attorney to request a new court date. If you are not represented you can contact Chisago County Court Administration at 651-213-7010 to make a request.
Impacts to natural resources will be kept to a minimum. Wetland impacts will be mitigated with replacement. Storm-water infiltration basins and/or ditches will likely be needed to treat storm-water runoff from the project. Mitigating impacts to Big Comfort Lake and Little Comfort Lake will include close coordination with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Comfort Lake Forest Lake Watershed District regarding improvements to water quality and mitigation of any physical impacts.
Air QualityAir quality is anticipated to be improved as a result of free-flowing traffic (less idling time) coupled with higher fuel efficiency standards in the future.
Noise Study and Noise WallsTraffic noise measurements have been collected and models are being developed based on the project design and traffic volume forecasts to predict future traffic noise levels. Noise walls will be evaluated at locations where noise levels approach or exceed Federal noise abatement criteria.
The public will be kept informed, and allowed to provide input, throughout the project development process. Several “pop-up” events and open houses will be held to share information and to solicit input from citizens and business owners. Project information will also be sent out via press releases, newsletters, social media, and on this website. You may also sign up for project updates on the website.
Significant effort will be put into developing a solution for Highway 8 that minimizes impacts to private property. Project impacts are unknown at this time, however, there will be a need for the County to acquire some amount of permanent and temporary easements for roadway improvements, utilities, trails and sidewalks. The County will be notifying property owners by mail in 2022 and/or 2023, and then meeting with them individually.
The County does not assess properties for roadway improvement projects. The Cities involved may have their own assessment policies, depending on the outcome of the project.
The primary function of Highway 8 is to provide safe and efficient mobility at higher speeds with managed access to the local roadway system. It provides access to several neighborhoods and residences and is a primary route to many schools, churches and businesses. Highway 8 also serves many commuters in the region during the week and recreational traffic during summer months.
Chisago County has identified several safety/operational concerns at major intersections, side streets, and at private access points. There is also a high level of traffic congestion during morning/evening commutes and during summer recreational season. Traffic is expected to increase over time.
Between 2011 and 2020, there have been over 1,100 crashes reported along Highway 8, with nine involving serious injury, and five involving fatalities. This project will analyze causes and locations of these crashes and develop mitigation strategies, which may include adding turn lanes, raised medians, widening shoulders, improving sight-lines, other potential ways to help deal with the existing and future capacity issues, and enhancing traffic control at major intersections. Properly managing access along the corridor will also improve traffic safety and mobility.
Access will be managed on Highway 8 by properly spacing roadway intersections, consolidating access points where practical, and potentially dividing the roadway with a median. While this may slightly alter how people get to their destinations, the completed project will enhance access by reducing congestion, and improving traffic flow along Highway 8.
Medians improve safety and operational efficiency by physically separating opposing directions or travel and can take the form of a depressed ditch, raised concrete islands, concrete barriers, or various forms. Medians have been proven to:
Part of the safety problem that exists on Highway 8 relates to the proliferation of driveway access points along the corridor. One goal of the project is to look for opportunities to consolidate driveway access points, where practical. Locations of driveways have not been determined yet, but some may get realigned to a secondary roadway. The County will be working individually with property owners regarding access needs and locations throughout the project..
Where current or forecasted traffic demands exceed the capacity of the existing roadway, additional traffic lanes will need to be considered. It should be noted that the number of access points along a roadway directly affects traffic mobility.
Pedestrian signal indicators, marked crosswalks, and ADA compliant curb ramps will be provided at signalized intersections along the corridor. The County is planning to construct a portion of the Swedish Immigrant Trail along with this project, which will ultimately connect to other regional trails.
The County will analyze each major intersection to determine the optimum form of traffic control, which may include roundabouts.
Reduced Conflict Intersections, also called RCIs or RCUTs, are intersections that decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-line divided highways. With an RCI, drivers from the side street only have to be concerned with one direction of traffic on the highway at a time. You don't need to wait for a gap in both directions to cross a major road. You can learn more about RCIs, at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT's) website.
The County analyzed each major intersection in the project area to determine the optimum form of traffic control. It was determined that the intersection of Karmel Avenue and Highway 8 will perform best as a single lane roundabout.
Reduced Conflict Intersections, also called RCIs or RCUTs, are the intersections that decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-line divided highways. With an RCI, drivers from the side street only need to concerned with one direction of traffic on the highway at a time. You don't need to wait for a gap in both directions to cross a major road. Four RCIs are planned along the Highway 8 Project including the lower-volume intersections of Hazel Avenue, Heath Avenue, Juno Court, and 276th Street. You can learn more about RCIs, at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT's) website.
View our list of Current Construction Projects.
Chisago County is responsible for their two County Trails (Sunrise Prairie Regional Trail and Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail). Send any concerns regarding these two trails to Joseph Tart, Chisago County Park Director via Email to Joseph Tart. All other trails and sidewalks are maintained, including snowplowing, along Chisago County roads are performed by the City where the trail or sidewalk is located. If you have a concern about the maintenance or lack of snowplowing for these trails or sidewalks, you should report it to the respective City where it is located. Please check out our City and Township Pages for contact information.
The decision on when and where access closures occur is a decision made by the owner of the road. In the case of Chisago County, we have developed access guidelines for the various roadway types in our system (i.e., arterials, collectors, etc.). Chisago County follows our guidelines when building or rebuilding roadways. However, we do look at each access location on a case-by-case basis.
Roundabouts are one of the options that is considered when constructing or reconstructing an intersection. Research has shown that there are several advantages of a roundabout over a signalized intersection including less travel delays and fewer severe crashes. In determining what the appropriate traffic control is for a specific intersection, Chisago County conducts a thorough analysis to determine the most appropriate application. Two roundabouts were constructed in our County in 2020. The first is located at TH 8/Pleasant Valley Road (CSAH 26) and the second at TH 8/Hemingway Avenue (CSAH 14).
In Minnesota, the speed limit on all county roads are determined by the State of Minnesota Commissioner of Transportation. Results of a speed zone study can be that the speed limit remains the same, is decreased, or increased.
Chisago County does not assess for roadway improvement projects. However, you should check with your individual City to determine whether there will be assessments through them. Please check out our City and Township Pages for contact information.
Minnesota State Statute (MSS) 160.2715 prohibits the placement of any advertisement within the limits of any highway including county roads.
Contact information for each County Commissioner is found on the County Board of Commissioners Main Page.
Information is found on our Permits Division Page.
Please refer to the Mailbox Policy located on the Chisago County’s Maintenance Division Page.
The County has swing-away mailbox supports and posts available to residents who live along the county highway system. Please call ahead at 651-213-8700 prior to purchasing mailbox supports. More information can be found on Chisago County’s Mailbox Page.
Anyone installing or replacing their mailbox support and/or post must call Gopher State One Call (GSOC) to request locates on all utilities placed in the County Right-of-Way before digging.
Chisago County has swing-away mailbox supports and posts available for residents who live along the county highway system. Please call ahead at 651-213-8700 prior to purchasing mailbox supports. More information can be found on Chisago County’s Mailbox Page.
Use our Online Form to Report a Dead Animal on a County Road.
If the issue is not on a County Road you will need to contact the associated city or township. Please check out our City and Township Pages for contact information.
Use our Online Form to Report a Pothole on a County Road.
Use our Online Form to Report a General Roadway Concern on a County Road and describe the problem.
To provide roadside habitat for nesting birds and other small wildlife, the County’s first moving is not until the middle of summer unless for the prevention of noxious weeds from spreading per Minnesota State Statute (MSS) 160.232.
Please check out our Snow and Ice Control Factsheet.
This concern should be directed to the City where the problems are occurring. The following link will bring you to a list of contact information for City/Township Contact Information.
To provide roadside habitat for nesting birds and other small wildlife, the County’s first mowing does not take place until the middle of summer, unless it is needed for the prevention of noxious weeds from spreading. Statue 160.232.
Please use our Report a General Roadway Concern form and select "other" to describe the problem or concern.
A public ditch is a drainage system managed by County Drainage Authority or Joint County Drainage Authority. The county does not own the ditch. The landowners who benefit from the ditch own the drainage system. A public ditch can be an open ditch system, an underground tile system or a combination of open ditch and underground tile.
Road ditches are not public ditches. Road ditches are the responsibility of the road authority.
No, a public ditch is an easement for drainage only. The lawn remains private property. Like all private property, you need to get the landowner's permission before entering the property.
The first step to solve the problem is to notify the Public Ditch Inspector. After the Public Ditch Inspector has reviewed the problem, his/her findings will be provided to the County Engineer/Public Works Department for project consideration and response. Please contact Jeff Fertig, Wetland Specialist/Public Ditch Inspector by calling 651-213-8378 or Email Jeff Fertig to report a problem with a public ditch and seek a referral to Public Works for project consideration.
The first step is to notify the County Engineer/Public Works Department by calling 651-213-8708 or via Email Joe Triplett. Department staff will assist you to ensure proper policies and the state’s drainage laws are followed.
Property owners who are benefited by the ditch are the ones who pay for ditch improvements and repairs. For public ditches, the county pays the contractor and assesses all costs back to the benefited property owners through a special assessment. Benefiting property owners are not simply those who own property adjacent to the public ditch. In many cases the benefiting property owners include numerous land owners within the watershed area of the entire ditch. To view Public Ditch Watershed area maps, please consult the 2016 Inventory Chisago County Public Ditch System Report.
Under the new state buffer law (effective November 1, 2017) all public ditches are required to have a "one rod" / 16.5' buffer from the top of the bank. State Buffer Law Webpage.
Repairs are not intended to significantly increase hydraulic efficiency or capacity of the ditch. The term "repair", means to restore all or a part of a drainage system as nearly as practicable to the same condition as originally constructed and subsequently improved.
Open ditch repairs include minor work such as spraying for weeds and brush, removal of isolated silt deposits, bridge or culvert cleaning, removal of vegetation, debris or other obstructions, fixing isolated side slope damage due to sloughing, fixing damage to culverts and fixing or installing erosion control structures.
Repairs may also involve more extensive cleaning of the ditch bottom of silt deposits to bring the grade line and bottom width to originally constructed or subsequently improved conditions.
Repairs on tile lines include repair or replacement of underground tile as well as the tile intakes and outlets.
An improvement project involves the enlarging, extending, straightening, or deepening of an established, previously constructed system. Generally an improvement project provides for the upgrading and enhancement of the existing system's hydraulic capacity and drainage ability. Improvements must go through a hearing process that includes a determination of benefits.
A private surveying company should be contacted for property boundary information. The County Surveyor maintains the section corner data, but cannot perform private surveys.
We have created an online form, Report a General Road Issue, that you can complete and submit.
We have created an online form, Report a Mailbox Damaged by Snowplow, that you can complete and submit.
We have created an online form, Report a Pothole on a County Road, that you can complete and submit.
We have created an online form, Report a Road Construction Project Question or Concern, that you can complete and submit.
We have created an online form, Report a Road Sign, Street Light or Traffic Signal Question or Concern, than you can complete and submit.
We have created an online form, Report Dead Deer on a County Road, that you can complete and submit.
Use our Online Form to Report a Road Sign, Street Light or Traffic Signal Issue on a County Road.
Use our Online Form to Report a General Roadway Concern on a County Road.
The Geographic Information System (GIS) Office is responsible for naming new streets and assigning addresses. If the new street is part of a plat, please contact the GIS Office by calling 651-213-8213 before the plant is finalized, to aid in naming said streets.
House numbers are assigned when the building permit has been applied for. Please contact the Environmental Services/Zoning Department for applying for Building Permits by calling 651-213-8370.
Back in 1999, Chisago County went through a process of upgrading their 911 System. During this process, the County reviewed its current street addressing scheme. It was determined that in order to make Chisago County’s 911 System work as accurately and efficiently as possible, that a county-wide "re-addressing" project was in order. Due to this project, streets and house numbers are assigned based on a grid-system. You can see the generalized grid on the Chisago County Highway Map.
Most of the County is now complete with GPS coordinates for the section corners. If there is a corner which is not currently in the ground that you need to use for a survey, we will assist you in re-establishing it.
Chisago County has copies of original plats. If you own a lot in a block of a subdivision we can make you a copy for a small fee. If you own a parcel in the rural area with a metes and bounds description, we do not have a copy of any survey that was made by a private surveying company.
We have copies of the United State Geological Survey (USGS) Quadrangle Maps. They show 10 foot contour lines at a scale of 1 inch equals 2,000 feet.
Each property has unique characteristics. A private surveying company can give you an estimate based on your legal description and the features of your land.
We have 23 High Accuracy Reference Network (HARN) as well as bench marks at various locations around the county. We also have a few along a couple of the newly constructed roads. Contact the County Surveyor by calling 651-213-8711.
The Environmental Services/Zoning Department handles flood zone questions and can be reached by calling 651-213-8370.
Please check out our Permits Division Page for contact information.
Contact MnDOT, general information, by calling 651-234-7500. Or visit their Website at https://www.dot.state.mn.us/.
April 1, 2008: Chisago County will make Tract Index and Recorded Documents available to system subscribers. Escrow Accounts and Landshark Agreements are required.
March 2019: Occasional users can now access the Tract Index and Recorded Documents using a credit card or checking account as payment.
For More Information and/or to download subscription forms, see our LandShark Info page or visit LandShark Online Searching.
You may come into the recorder's office or apply by mail for a Minnesota birth certificate. If you were born in Minnesota you can obtain a copy of your birth certificate from any Minnesota Vital Statistics Office. Click here for more information Birth and Death Records
Among other things county staff reviews documents presented for recording against the requirements listed below. Failure to meet these, among other possible requirements, may cause your document to be rejected:
Other documents may require:
Please note: When drafting a legal document, it is advisable to seek legal advice from an attorney to ensure your document has the intended effect. County staff does not give out legal advice.
You may come into the recorder's office and look at the official plat, order a copy online by entering the name of the plat instead of the document number, search for the property on LandShark GIS, search/download the plat using LandShark online searching, or contact the Public Works Department at 651-213-8700.
You may contact a title company or a real estate attorney to do the search for you. You may also search the tract index online or come in to our office and a staff member will get you started.
You may request a copy either in person or by searching online. You may also call and our staff will assist in locating a document number for you to order by mail or online with credit card. Fees apply for all options.
Yes, below is a list of Judges that will perform marriages. You will need to contact the judge of your choice to make arrangements. Judges That Will Perform Marriages: (View Wedding Officiants)
Bring your original credentials to the recorders' office along with valid identification. You will also be asked to read and sign a "Certificate of Filing" form and receive a copy for your records. The fee is $20. If you wish to do this by mail, please see our Ministerial Credential page for required form and instructions.
Check out the MN Dept of Health website for a Birth Record Amendment Packet (PDF).
Check the platted property Abstract/Torrens list and if you need further information, call the recorder's office at 651-213-8580. You will need to provide us with the legal description of the property in question.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce Website has links to Minnesota Uniform Conveyance Blanks for use in completing real estate transactions and transfers.
No! We are not attorneys and do not practice law; therefore, we will not help in anyway with the preparation of a document or give any advice regarding its preparation. Please contact an attorney or title company for assistance. This policy is strongly enforced.
You can submit a document for recording only by using one of our trusted submitters: Simplifile, CSC, ePN, or Indecomm.
Contact the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
There is a short form to complete and identification must be presented before a military discharge can be issued. There is no fee. To file papers, bring or mail them to the recorder's office. There is no fee and the original document will be returned to you.
Brandon Thyen is the Chisago County Sheriff. He can be reached via email or by calling 651-213-6301.
Justin Wood is the Chisago County Chief Deputy and can be reached via email or by calling 651-213-6302.
View the Firearms Permits Page, or print the permit to carry a pistol application.
Yes, as of April 27, 2017 Chisago County began accepting payments by credit card, debit card or electronic check for the following fees: - Civil Process Fees/Services - Records Requests Fees. Note: A 2.5% ($2.00 minimum) fee will be assessed when paying with a credit/debit card or a $1.50 fee will be assessed for eChecks up to $10,000. You have the option of using the Online Payment of Sheriff’s Items Link for credit card, debit card or electronic check (eCheck).
Visiting hours listed below are specific to the free option for on-site video visitation. Each inmate is limited to one 20-minute visit per day from the lobby.
You need to determine if the inmate is classified as a minimum/medium security or maximum security, since the hours are different.
Visiting hours for minimum and medium security inmates are as follows:
Visiting hours for maximum security inmates are as follows:
Digital inmate visitation is available for a small fee by going to the Reliance Telephone Website. Video calling is completed through an app called "Reliance Connect", which is available from the Google Play or Apple App Stores. Inmates can place a video call to a phone number associated with a Reliance Connect Account at any time during the day (excluding scheduled lobby visiting hours) and fund the call using their wallet balance at the rate of $0.25/minute.
You need to call 651-237-3112. Inmates now have a dedicated voicemail box; simply call the number and follow the prompts.
An up-to-date Jail roster can be found online by using the Jail Inmate Search (Inmate Locator) feature on this website for inmates housed in the Chisago County Jail.
The inmate may be housed elsewhere. You can use the Victim Information Notification Everyday (VINE) Network - Minnesota to find inmates housed in Minnesota or the Victim Information Notification Everyday (VINE) Network - National for inmates housed Nationwide.
Residents who reside within the city limits of Chisago City, Lindstrom, North Branch or Wyoming need to apply at their respective police departments. All other Chisago County residents need to apply at the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.
You can obtain the application form from one of the local police departments, the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office or download an application from our website (LINK to Permit to Purchase / Transfer Application Form).
Permits must be renewed every 12 months.
Minnesota County Sheriff’s Offices in the county where you reside.
Minnesota Law allows you to carry a handgun in public, but the law does not stipulate whether that weapon must be concealed. A permit to carry also constitutes a permit to purchase.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
The fee is $80 and is valid for five (5) years. It authorizes unlimited purchases within that time period.
It is valid for five (5) years.
If you apply before your permit expires, the renewal fee is $50.
If you apply within 30 days from when your permit expired, the renewal fee is $60.
If you are over 30 days from when your permit expired, the renewal fee is $80.
A permit to carry that is issued in Chisago County is valid throughout Minnesota.
It works. Throughout the country, dramatic decreases in crime and suspicious activity are reported by law enforcement professionals in communities with active watch programs.Today's transient society produces communities that are less personal. Many families have two working parents and children involved in many activities that keep them away from home. An empty house in a neighborhood where none of the neighbors know the owner is a prime target for criminal activity.Neighborhood Watch also helps build pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that address other community concerns such as recreation for youth, childcare, and affordable housing.
A motivated individual, a few concerned residents, a community organization, or a law enforcement agency can spearhead the efforts to establish a Neighborhood Watch. Together they can:
Any community resident can join - young and old, single and married, renter and homeowner. Even the busiest of people can belong to a Neighborhood Watch - they too can keep an eye out for neighbors as they come and go.
A Neighborhood Watch is neighbors helping neighbors. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors. Members meet their neighbors, learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report activity that raises their suspicions to law enforcement.
These can be as simple as a weekly email to a monthly newsletter that updates neighbors on the progress of the program. Maintain regular contact with the Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit and Crime Analyst.
These are crucial to keep the program growing. Host talks or seminars that focus on current issues, crime in schools, teenage alcohol and other drug abuse, or domestic violence. Adopt and/or monitor a park or school playground and keep it a safe environment. Sponsor a block party, holiday dinner, or kickball game that will provide neighbors a chance to get to know each other.
Know your neighbors and watch out for each other.
Report crime and suspicious activity to the Sheriff's Office.
Learn how you can make yourself and your community safer.
If you see any of these activities, report them immediately to the Sheriff's Office:
Call 911 for an emergency or 651-257-4100 for a non-emergency.
A Short-Term Rental Unit means any home, cabin, condominium or similar building that is advertised as, or held out to be, a place where sleeping quarters are furnished to the public on a nightly, weekly, or for less than a 30-day period and is not a bed and breakfast, resort, hotel or motel, or other permitted venue as determined by the County. Advertising a promotion of short-term rentals commonly occurs via AirBnB, BRBO, Expedia, Tripadvisor, etc.
Short-Term Rentals throughout the incorporated (city) and unincorporated (township) areas of the County are required to obtain and maintain an annual Short-Term Rental License.
A Short-Term Rental Housing License Application (PDF) can be found on our website, obtained in person or mailed to you. Detailed requirements are outlined on the License Application and must be submitted and approved, prior to the rental of the property. Once the License Application, along with the required supplemental information and payment of fee are received, Chisago County will determine completeness of the application, and issue or deny the license. Licenses are required annually and include a license fee of $300.
The overnight occupancy of a Short-Term Rental is limited to no more than two (2) persons per bedroom, plus two (2) additional persons, per principal building, OR no more than the subsurface sewage treatment system (SSTS) is designed to handle, whichever is less. Additional visitors, beyond the prescribed occupancy limit, are restricted from staying overnight.
Pursuant to the State Building Code, a sleeping quarter/bedroom is defined as being a minimum of 70 sq. ft. of habitable space that includes a minimum 4.5 sq. ft. clear opening egress window (must have a minimum of 20 inches in clear opening height and 20 inches in clear opening width and be no more than than 48 inches above the floor to the window sill). Additionally, a smoke detector must be present in each sleeping quarter/bedroom and a carbon monoxide detector must be within 10 feet of each sleeping quarter.
State septic system regulations identify minimum SSTS design capacity at 150 gallons per day, per bedroom. Tank only systems will require septic tanks large enough to handle daily flow rates per bedroom. To be licensed, each Short-Term Rental must present current septic system compliance inspection/certification records (conducted within the last three years).
Use of recreational vehicles, tents, RV’s, accessory structures or fish houses to obtain additional occupancy is prohibited.
Violations of the County Short-Term Rental Licensing Ordinance are a misdemeanor. Additional penalties also include forfeiture of the applicable rental license. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to 90 days in jail, or a fine up to $1,000, or both.
The Chisago County Environmental Services Department originated and is charged with carrying out the directives of the Short-Term Rental Licensing Ordinance. Additionally, Chisago County has retained the services of a third party vendor, Host Compliance, to assist in successful and efficient Short-Term Rental identification, licensure, and monitoring.
Quite hours are between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. at which time indoor and/or outdoor activity audible from property boundaries must not be carried on beyond a general conversation level in a manner that disturbs the peace.
Parking shall be accommodated completely on-site in designated improved spaces. Parking and/or vehicle storage shall not occur in or on yards, boulevards, septic system, or other green spaces. Parking cannot restrict access by emergency vehicles or the traveling public and shall not impede the ingress or egress of the property.
If you are reporting an immediate health or safety related matter concerning a Short-Term Rental property or rental occupant activity, DIAL 9-1-1.
Chisago County has also developed a 24/7 call line (Hotline Number: 651-374-9393) to report non-emergency incidents involving short-term rental properties. Additionally, if you are an immediate neighbor you will have been provided direct Short-Term Rental Owner and/or Agent contact information pursuant to the County Short-Term Rental Licensing Ordinance and you are encouraged to contact the owner directly. If contacting the Owner and/or Agent is not practical, please dial the 24/7 call line (Hotline Number: 651-374-9393) with details of the complaint and violation(s). *Please note that complaints will be taken seriously and anyone who knowingly makes a false report of a violation of the Short-Term Rental Licensing Ordinance may be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
You can also try to resolve your short-term rental related issue by visiting the Tips Page with Host Compliance.
Yes, you can try to resolve your short-term rental related issue by visiting the Tips Page with Host Compliance.
Their system will walk you thru the process. You simply need to choose what best describes the issue you are reporting from the following options:
The County Environmental Services Department will investigate all complaints of the Short-Term Rental Licensing Ordinance, notify the Owner within a reasonable period of time, and direct correction of the violations within a reasonable period of time. Any complaints substantiated and not resolved with the Owner will result in enforcement action. If compliance is not obtained with the time period specified, or if three (3) substantiated complaints occur within the license period, then the license will be subject to revocation and additional penalties.
Community Shared Solar or Community Solar Gardens (which are the same thing) specifically refer to projects "whereby subscribers (at least 5) receive a bill credit for the electricity generated in proposition to the size of their subscription."
You might wonder if you own your share of a project or if you're just leasing it when you subscribe. If you subscribe to a community solar garden, it means you are renting from the facility owner a portion of a solar energy it produces (Minnesota Statutes 216B.1641, subd. h and Minnesita Statutes 216B.164, subd. 10k).
However, solar has been seen as a catalyst for folks to use less energy, because they start to focus on ways they can save energy to make their solar go further. Hopefully participation in community-solar will also serve that function.
If, however, you move to a different utility territory, to a non-adjacent county, or to a different state, you could no longer participate in the same solar garden. Your options would be to (a) sell your subscription back at fair market value, (b) donate it to a non-profit, or (c) transfer it to another family member.
Your solar garden operator keeps track of subscriptions and will handle the customer care role of processing any necessary changes.
The great opportunity with community solar gardens is that anyone, or any group, can come together to kick-start a project. A congregation, a local government, a school, a community group or any group of customers can come together to develop a community solar garden. Agralite Electric Cooperative, Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, Inc., Beltrami Cooperative, Connexus Energy, Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Services, Kandiyohi Power Coop, Lake Region Electric Cooperative, McLeod Cooperative Power, Minnesota Power (proposed), Moorhead Public Service, People's Energy Cooperative, Redwood Electric Cooperative, Runestone Electric Association, South Central Electric Cooperative, Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric, Stearns Electric Association, Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association, and Xcel Energy have existing programs. Potential participants in other territories will need to work with their local utilities to move a project forward. Once a project is available, participants can sign on if they are a member/customer of a utility and located in the same county where a project is located, or the adjacent county. In plain English, that means you can subscribe to a project in Xcel Energy territory located in Hennepin County as long as you are an Xcel Energy Customer and live in either Hennepin County or any of its surrounding counties (i.e., Ramsey, Dakota, Scott, Carver, Wright, Sherburne, or Anoka). Again, if there isn't a project close to you, then you can serve as the catalyst to kick start one.
We never recommend one entity over another, but we pose questions a group or individual ought to ask of a potential developer:
- Do they have staying power to be around for the next 25 years? What is their background, and do they have the right experience?- Who will be the entity to conduct the maintenance on the system? Has the contractor or developer set aside enough money to do on-going work?- Have they secured the insurance for the project and covered all of their legal bass to move a project forward?- Is this developer willing to listen to your interests and motivations and use those to tailor the project?
Others could also play host, like a closed landfill, or a brownfield. Ideally you do not want to take up "green space" or prime agricultural land that could have a higher value used elsewhere.
Another consideration to keep in mind: a 1 MW project can require an area with either 3-8 acres of land or 100,000 sq feet of roof space (ideally a new roof).
You also need to make sure you're in it for the long haul. If you want to lease your roof space to a project, you'll need to do that for 25 years at minimum, and be an entity that will be around for 25 years to stick to the agreement.
If you have questions about the tax implications of participating in a project, you should seek professional tax advise.
Community solar gardens are a simple way to go solar. You purchase an up-front subscription, then soak in the rays (much of Minnesota is as sunny as places like Houston, TX and Tallahassee, FL).
- Subscribers: individual entities who get solar power- Developer: primary group organizing the solar garden- Host Site: location where solar garden is installed- Finance: sources of financing for the project- Utility: electricity provider where solar garden is installed- Site Assessor: expert that studies solar garden location- Installer: expert that installs the solar garden- Outreach Partners: groups that find subscribers
Payable tickets may be paid:
To determine your fine amount, contact Court Administration within 10 days prior to the court date written on the citation / ticket at 651-213-7010.
Contact Chisago County Court Administration to make arrangements to set up a payment schedule by phone 651-213-7010, or Email Court Administration.
Sunrise Prairie Regional Trail - Trail Heads are located as follows:
Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail - Trail Heads are located as follows:
Maps of the completed trail segments are found on the Sunrise Prairie Regional Trail Page and the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail Page.
Reservations are not necessary.
However, registration is necessary if large events are planned on the trails.
Please contact the County Parks Office at 651-213-8960 to discuss.
A large event is one that will add significant traffic to the trails or trailhead locations and might hinder its use by others during this time. You must register all events with greater than 30 participants by calling County Parks Office at 651-213-8960.
Yes. There are caches County Trails. Find information and coordinates at the Geocaching.com website.
At its simplest level, geocaching requires these 8 steps:
Segments of trail on both the Sunrise Prairie Regional Trail and the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail have available segments to adopt/sponsor. Check out our [Adopt-A-Trail Map with Segments] = LINK (PDF) to view what is currently available.
Sunrise Prairie Regional Trail = 7 segments
Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail = 3 segments
Segments range from 1.4 miles to 3.1 miles.
Segment 1: 3.1 miles (Start of the Sunrise Prairie Regional Trail to Wyoming Trailhead)
Segment 2: 2 miles (Wyoming Trailhead to Snowmobile Crossing)
Segment 3: 2.1 miles (Snowmobile Crossing to Stacy Trailhead)
Segment 4: 2.0 miles (Stacy Trailhead to Trail Bridge)
Segment 5: 1.9 miles (Trail Bridge to Athens Trailhead)
Segment 6: 2.8 miles (Athens Trailhead to 375th Street)
Segment 7: 1.4 miles (375th Street to North Branch Trailhead)
Segment 1: 1.8 miles (Interstate State Park Entrance to Tern Avenue Trailhead)
Segment 2: 2.4 miles (Tern Avenue Trailhead to Shafer Trailhead)
Segment 3: 1.9 miles (Shafer Trailhead to Quandam Road)
Yes. Please schedule your appointments for Mondays. Please schedule your appointments in the morning whenever possible.
Yes. Please schedule your appointments for Tuesdays or Thursdays. Please schedule your appointments in the morning whenever possible.
Yes. Please schedule your appointments for Wednesdays. Please schedule your appointments in the morning whenever possible.
Bryan T. Brown, County Veterans Service Officer. Located at the Chisago County Government Center in Health & Human Services at: 313 North Main Street, Room 230 - Center City, MN 55012. Available by calling: 651-213-5605.
Coffee Talk with Veterans / Veteran Service Officer is held:
We are located in the County Attorney's Office:
Our office hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
There are Judges available in Chisago County to preside over your wedding ceremony: Wedding Officiants
To schedule a wedding, contact one of the Chisago County District Court judges by calling Court Administration at 651-213-7010.
If you live in Chisago County, Minnesota please call 651-213-5206.
If you do not live in Chisago County, please call 1-800-942-4030 for a WIC program in your area.
If you live in Chisago County, there are several ways to apply:
Chisago County Public Health - WIC6133 402nd StreetNorth Branch, MN 55056