COVID-19 Information

If you have any concerns or questions concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19); Please call the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Hotline at: (651) 201-3920

COVID-19 Preventions for Brown County Buildings

To eliminate the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus we encourage individuals  to do the following:

  • Paperwork. Paperwork should be dropped off in the appropriate dropboxes located at:
        -Law Enforcement Center
        -Community Services Building
       Paperwork is building specific.
  • Call Ahead.  Brown County staff may be able to help you over the phone, or find an alternative way to help you


The Brown County Planning and Zoning Commission will meet via conference call on April 14th 2020 at 9:00 AM. Members of the public who are interested in joining the meeting should contact the planning and zoning office at 507-233-6640 or by sending an email to

Spring Load Restrictions Begin Friday March 06, 2020 at 12:01am Press Release - Map (PDF)

Public Review & Feedback for Brown County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF)

2020 Election Dates - Presidential Primary Nomination Information

As of January 2, 2020 the License Bureau hours are changing. Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2020-2021 Minnesota Family Investment Program for Public Review - Comment by Email (PDF)

Documents needed for REAL ID Application Process (Link)

New Property Owner Checklist (PDF)

Prescription Take Back Program (PDF)

MNBID - Bid on County Surplus Equipment

County Board Meeting

Documents are updated the Thursday before a meeting.

County Commissioner Information

NOTICE: Brown County Closed to Public/All Public-Facing Services (PDF)

IMPORTANT COVID-19 Information

If you have any concerns or questions concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19); Please call the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Hotline at: (651) 201-3920

Mental Health

Small Business Help - Regional Center for Entrepreneurial Facilitation (RCEF)

Quick Links to Department Specific Policies.

All County Buildings - Public Health - License BureauSheriff - Jail - Human Services - Veteran's Service Office - Heartland Express/Transit - Auditor/Treasurer - Assessor - Probation - Recorder - Planning and Zoning - Highway - Court Administration - County Landfill

For All Buildings:

County offices are closed to the public until April 27th in response to the increase in coronavirus cases nationwide.  Even though face-to-face visits have been eliminated for the near future, county employees will still be available to help the public via email, phone and virtual visits.  Check out the links below to see what the best way is to contact staff for your needs.

To eliminate the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus we encourage individuals to do the following:

  • Paperwork. Paperwork should be dropped off in the appropriate dropboxes located at:
        Law Enforcement Center
        Community Services Building
       Paperwork is building specificUsing the wrong dropbox may delay your paperwork
  • Call Ahead.  Brown County staff may be able to help you over the phone, or find an alternative way to help you
  • Practice Social Distancing. Stay away 6 feet whenever possible, No Cash transactions

Public Health (WIC, Family Health Programs, Vaccinations)

  • Home visits will still be provided for those clients who need them.
  • Phone or telecommunication visits with clients in the WIC and Family Health programs will be offered if appropriate
  • If routine vaccinations are needed, please call our office to arrange an appointment.  507-233-6820

License Bureau (Road Exams, Drivers License, Tab Renewals, Etc)


  • All driver’s license agents and deputy registrar offices are closed statewide in accordance with Minnesota’s stay-at-home order, effective Friday, March 27, at 11:59 PM through April 10.
  • Please note that all e-mails, voicemails, and mail sent to the Brown County License Bureau will not be handled until after the Executive Order to Stay Home has ended. Items that were placed in the License Bureau drop box prior to close of business on Friday, March 27th have been processed and returned by mail.
  • Press Release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) regarding expiration of driver’s License/IDs, Vehicle Registration Renewal, Real ID enforcement, road tests and more.


  • CIVIL PAPERS – will only serve OFP, HRO, CHPS petitions
  • FINGERPRINTING – We are suspending fingerprinting individuals for employment
  • HUBER WORK RELEASE – Will continue to allow Huber inmates as in the past
  • JAIL VISITING – We still are operating with limited staff contact during visitor check in process
  • PERMITS TO CARRY/PERMITS TO PURCHASE – New hours to accept Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • MEDICAL CALLS FOR SERVICE – Will ask the following questions when a call comes in and relay to responders:
  1. Have you or anyone in your household come in contact with someone who tested positive for the Coronavirus in the last 30 days?
  2. Have you had a fever or cough in the last 3 days?


  • All visiting and Jail Programs are cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus until further notice for the safety of the Public and staff and Inmates.
  • If you have any questions please contact Brown County Jail at 507-233-6775. 

Heartland Express/Transit

  • Free Rides: Beginning on Wednesday March 25th, Brown County Heartland Express will start offering free rides to individuals who need to access essential services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These rides will be offered for people who need to get to the grocery store, pharmacy, food shelf, bank or medical appointment.
  • Please call Brown County Heartland Express dispatch office, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at 359-2717 or 1-800-707-2717 to schedule your ride. All ride requests still need to be made at least one business day and up to 14 days in advance of your needed ride.
  • Press Release: Heartland Express Offers Free Rides to Businesses Providing Essential Services (PDF)
  • Heartland Express Statement About Covid-19 and Rider Safety (PDF)

Human Services - 1117 Center St, PO Box 788, New Ulm, MN 56073

Our office will be closed to the public from 8 am Wednesday, March 25th through April 26th due to the COVID 19 pandemic. We are still doing business so please note the following:

  • A dropbox is available in our parking lot to submit paperwork or documentation to any of our staff. If possible, please place in an envelope with your name and who it should go to. The box will be checked multiple times throughout the day and will not impact your eligibility for benefits because you are not bringing into the building. If you need original documents returned, please note on the document and we will mail the original back to you.
  • Documentation or verifications may also be provided by scanning, attaching to an email and sending to
    • Financial Worker: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Child Support Worker: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • All other documentation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Office staff will be available to accept phone calls from 8:00 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. Please call 359-6500 and the receptionist will redirect your call to the appropriate staff person or take a message to pass on to your worker.
  • Most services through our office will continue but whenever possible, phone contact or video conferencing will be done to limit face to face exposure.
  • If you need to drop off a cash payment, please call the office before you come so we can make arrangements for accepting payment and issuing a receipt.
  • If you need an essential service requiring you to see someone, call the office first to set up an appointment time.
  • Bridge on Center services are temporarily suspended
  • Heartland Express is still running and will provide transportation – call their office at 507-359-2717.

Auditor/Treasurer & Assessor

  • Tax Statements and Valuation Notices will be in the Mail by March 27th.
  •  Utilize the dropbox at the Law Enforcement Center Parking lot for any Paperwork, including Tax Payments (indicate on your payment stub if you need a receipt), Homestead Applications, Documents to be Recordings, etc
  • Most forms and documents can be scanned and emailed to the appropriate office.
  • Check or money order payments preferred.
  • Most payments can be made over the phone via credit or debit card.
  • To practice social distancing and for the protection of our customers and staff, cash transactions at the counter are being discouraged at this time.
  • Property Taxes can be made online and is setup to accept both debit and credit card transactions.
  • If you have questions please contact the appropriate office.  Phone contacts are listed on the website and staff will be able to assist over the phone.

A drop box has been ordered to be installed at the License Bureau location.  We hope to have it ready for customers by April 30th.


  • All of the Local Board of Review meetings that are scheduled  April 14, 15,16 and 17 will be teleconferenced.
  • Any property owners that are contesting their value needs to contact the Assessor’s Office prior to their scheduled meeting @ 507-233-6606.
  • We are encouraging written appeals, and the Assessor’s office will provide them with the appropriate form and ask for any additional information prior to their scheduled meeting.
  • Any property owners wanting to attend the meeting via teleconference will have a 15 minute time slot scheduled for them.

County Recorder

  • Given the recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health regarding public gatherings and social distancing, the County Recorder’s office is asking that all recordings be electronically filed, delivered by mail, or placed in the dropbox at the Law Enforcement Center (15 S Washington St, New Ulm).
  • Certified copies of vital records:  Please make requests for certified copies through the mail or email.  Applications and instructions are under the Department of Recorder.   
  • Passports and marriage applications will be suspended during this time of public closure. Passport renewals may be done on your own.  Call if you have questions.   
  • OFFICE PHONE:  507-233-6653


  • Please contact the front desk if you have any questions 507-233-6620.
  • Office Reception Areas:  Closed to walk in traffic.  Contact your probation officer with questions. This is a list of agents:
  • Drug Testing: On a limited basis
  • Drop box for paperwork is available at the Law Enforcement Center (15 S Washington St, New Ulm)


  • Deliveries are to be left in the drop boxes at designated doors.
  • Permits are online.  Call if you need assistance.
  • Maintenance activities and construction project preparations are continuing.

Planning & Zoning

  • If you are seeking a permit (e.g. Building, Conditional Use, or Variance) please use the link below to begin the permitting process, if you need assistance please call the main office line
  • If you are need to make a payment, it can be done online via the permitting link or a drop box is located in front Law Enforcement Center (15 S Washington St, New Ulm, MN 56073)
  • All Pesticide Applicator testing will postponed until April 1st, 2020 or later date
  • Any and all appointments must be made by phone or email, no walk-in will be taken at this time

Veteran's Service Office

  • NO walk-in or in-office appointments
  • All appointments will be done through telephone.  To make a telephone appointment, Call (507) 233-6636 or (507) 233-6637
  • The VA Hospital Shuttle will continue to operate as normal.
  • Veterans and Family members who owe money to the VA.  Temporary financial relief can be arranged by calling the VA Debt Center at: 1-800-827-0648.
  • All medical equipment loan-outs, and take-ins are suspended till further notice.

Court Administration

  • Please call ahead.  Court Administration staff may be able to assist you over the phone or direct you to other resources.
  • Documents can be filed on-line.   Go to for information and assistance in filing your documents on-line.
  • Documents can also be placed in the drop box in the law enforcement center parking lot located at 14 S Washington Street, New Ulm.
  • Access to Court Administration is available for emergency cases only which include, child protection matters, orders for protection, housing court issues if public is endangered, commitments and emergency guardianships/conservatorship matters.    We encourage you to attend these proceedings by phone if possible
  • Call (507) 233-6670 with questions

Brown County Landfill

  • The Brown County Landfill is closed to self-haulers beginning March 26th until further notice due to the pandemic.







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Office Hours: 8am to 4:30pm (most offices)

Main Office Phone: 507-233-6600

Courthouse Address:
14 S State St
New Ulm, MN 56073

Individual Office Hours may vary.


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