Due to an increase in visits from non-county residents, access to the Douglas County Courthouse and Public Works will be restricted effective Thursday, March 26. Most court proceedings are also suspended for 30 days.

The county will continue to provide important services to its residents during the coronavirus pandemic, but exterior doors will be locked.

Services that are time-sensitive or mandated by state and federal statutes will continue to be available on an appointment-only basis. County residents are asked to call or email the department they are wishing to reach to request an appointment.

People are asked to use exterior drop boxes at the courthouse as well as mail, phone and internet to conduct other business.

Staff will continue to work regular business hours.

Additional information for other departments is as follows:

  • Assessor’s office: Residents should call 320-762-3884 or email assessors.office@co.douglas.mn.us. Requests for Boards of Appeal are by appointment only and must be made by phone. Staff will be available to answer questions. Some questions can be answered by going to co.douglas.mn.us and looking under “parcel info lookup” or on the government tab and clicking the Assessor’s Office tab.

  • Auditor/Treasurer: Residents paying first-half property taxes are asked to use the following options – place payments in the drop box at the south side entrance to the courthouse at 305 8th Ave. W., mail tax payments in the envelope provided, pay online by credit card or e-check using the Douglas County website and looking under Online Services, clicking on Pay Property Taxes, or using the Property Tax Direct Payment Plan. This plan provides for a tax payment to be automatically taken out of the designated account on the tax due date.

  • Courts: All court proceedings are suspended for 30 days except for the following – people who are in custody and facing some type of time restriction, Emergency Protective Care hearings in CHIPS cases, civil commitment, Orders For Protection, juveniles in detention and emergency custody matters. Hearings on evictions will be held “on an emergency basis,” and the parties can appear remotely. Public access to courtrooms will be limited to the people involved, attorneys and court staff. Court staff will continue to process cases and filings.

  • Land and Resource Management: The department will continue to process all applications for licenses and permits received. Permits and licenses can be applied for on-line through the county’s website. Permits for septic systems, land splits, plats and special permits (variances and conditional use permits) can be applied for by email LandResMngmt@co.douglas.mn.us or phone 320-762-3863. Staff is available during regular work hours to answer questions, provide information or assist with the application process for permits. Appointments can be made to meet with staff outside on-site where safe distancing can be practiced. Application payments can be made via credit card online.

  • Recorder’s Office: Certified birth and death certificates may be requested through the mail or email at recws@co.douglas.mn.us. Certified marriage certificates may be requested through the mail, over the phone or online at moms.mn.gov/. Passport services and marriage license applications are temporarily suspended. For questions or extenuating circumstances, call the Recorder’s Office at 320-762-3877. Real estate recordings are being processed as usual via mail and electronic recording. Real estate records can be searched 24/7 online at landshark.co.douglas.mn.us/LandShark/login.

Public Works: All services are available by phone, email, internet and appointments. Call 320-762-2999.