• General Resources for Dakota County Cities & Townships

  • Castle Rock Township Castle Rock Township

    Castle Rock Township
    2537 240th Street West
    Farmington, MN 55024
    Phone: 651-460-2221
    Fax: 651-463-3569

    Please refer to website for varying office hours.

  • City of Apple Valley City of Apple Valley

    City of Apple Valley
    7100 147th Street West
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Phone: 952-953-2500


    What you need to know about Apple Valley. Its home to the Minnesota Zoo & IMAX Theatre at the Zoo, it’s just over five minutes from Mall of America and even closer to the Twin Cities Premium Outlet Mall, and named “17th Best Place to Live”, CNN/Money. Apple Valley is at the center of it all, about 20 minutes from either downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul and over 60 restaurants & coffee shops, shopping, nightlife, water-park, golf, hiking, canoeing, and biking. For more information contact: https://applevalleychamber.com.

  • City of Burnsville City of Burnsville

    City of Burnsville
    100 Civic Center Parkway
    Burnsville, MN 55337
    Phone: 952-895-4400
    Fax: 952-895-4512


    Burnsville is a diverse business community located at the intersection of two major interstates -- 35W and 35E. Burnsville partners with numerous institutions to insure a skilled and diverse workforce is available.

    • 2500 successful businesses call Burnsville home
    • Over 200 healthcare-related businesses
    • Over 140 Information Technology businesses
    • Burnsville ranks 9th in Information Services in Minnesota
    • Burnsville ranks 9th in Healthcare in Minnesota
    • Burnsville ranks 11th in manufacturing in Minnesota
    • Burnsville ranks 7th in retail in Minnesota

    For more information contact: https://burnsvillechamber.com.

  • City of Coates City of Coates

    City of Coates
    More Info

    Home to House of Coates, Amish Showroom, and it near the Vermillion Highlands Wildlife Management Area.


  • City of Eagan City of Eagan

    City Hall 
    3830 Pilot Knob Road
    Eagan, MN  55122
    Phone:  651-675-5000


    Eagan: A Community of Excellence

    Eagan has a highly educated workforce, quality infrastructure, and excellent city services. It is known for its low taxes and great quality of life. The city is business friendly and Eagan provides an ideal atmosphere for industry and commerce. Eagan was named 5th among the 50 best cities to live in 2015 according to USA TODAY and 24/7 Wall Street (247wallstreet.com). It’s also the only Minnesota city named five successive times to MONEY magazine’s Top 20 best small cities in America list. With more than 49,000 jobs locally, Eagan is a Twin Cities regional jobs center.

    Eagan enjoys among the lowest overall property taxes of any major Minnesota city and nearly 9 out of 10 businesses rate the quality of city services as excellent or good. The city’s lush wooded areas and rolling hills surround 350 lakes and ponds and nearly 130 miles of walking trails. Eagan offers a strong variety of residential housing for all generations and lifestyles. People like it here. 96% of residents polled in 2014 rate the quality of life as excellent or good. Outstanding ratings of city services led an independent research firm to conclude, Eagan “is the crown jewel in the metro area.”

  • City of Empire City of Empire

    City of Empire
    3385 197th Street
    Farmington, MN  55024
    Phone:  651-463-4494
    Fax:  651-463-4620


    The City of Empire is Minnesota's newest city and incorporated on February 28, 2023. Empire is a growing city on the southeast edge of the Twin Cities urbanized area. Although the City of Empire expects continued growth in the future, it is proud of its rich agricultural history, which remains an important part of the City's identity. The City of Empire is also home to the Whitetail Woods Regional County Park and the Watt Munisotaram. Empire City Hall, located off of 197th Street, holds the offices of the clerk-administrator and deputy clerk. The office is open Monday through Friday. The City Council, Planning commission and Park and Rec hold their regular meetings there.

    The City of Empire provides many essential services for its residents. These include water & sewer, fire protection and ambulance service on a contracted basis and regular road maintenance for all seasons. Police protection is provided by Dakota County Sheriff's Office.

    Empire operates its own sewer and water systems within the residential areas. We have three operational wells and a water tower. Our sewer system is connected with MCES. These systems are maintained by City personnel.

    The City of Empire has over ten miles of biking/hiking trails that connects with other local trails. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on trails. Empire has several neighborhood parks: Town Hall Park, Sachs Park, Empire River Preserve Park, Stelzel Park.

  • City of Farmington City of Farmington

    City Hall
    430 Third Street
    Farmington, MN 55024
    Phone:  651.280.6800


    Farmington: A Proud Past; A Promising Future

    Located in western Dakota County roughly 30 minutes south of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport and the Mall of America. Farmington is a growing community that offers home-town charm with unique suburban city offerings. Farmington has a vibrant business community, which incorporates the contrast of new commercial development with a well-established traditional downtown. In addition, the city’s industrial and business parks offer opportunities for a wide array of uses and companies of all sizes.

    With the presence of the Vermillion River, the existence of working farms and the city’s extensive park and trail systems, the community has an abundance of natural resources.
    Farmington currently has an estimated population of 22,386 and boasts an above-average median household income. With a median age of 33.1, Farmington is demographically the youngest community in Dakota County.  City leaders have identified economic development and fiscal excellence as top priorities.

  • City of Hampton City of Hampton

    City of Hampton
    5265 238th Street East
    P.O. Box 128 (Mailing address)
    Hampton, MN 55031-0128
    Phone: 651-437-8846
    More Info

  • City of Hastings City of Hastings

    City of Hastings
    101 4th Street East
    Hastings, MN 55033
    Phone: 651-480-2350


    Hastings Minnesota: The Community of Choice

    You’ll find it is conveniently located at the southeast corner of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and just minutes from, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and MSP Airport.

    Hastings is home to approximately 900 businesses that employ over 17,500 individuals. The percentage of people employed in production, transportation, and material moving occupations (13.5%) is well above the metro average (11.2%), which illustrates a workforce specialization of Hastings’ residents. There is an estimated 1,113 manufacturing jobs located in Hastings, which is nearly 14% of its total workforce population.

    Hastings has over 400 acres of green space, including 33 city parks and over 28 miles of trails, one of the most scenic trail systems in the metro area!

    For more information contact: https://www.hastingsmn.org.

  • City of Inver Grove Heights City of Inver Grove Heights

    City of Inver Grove Heights
    8150 Barbara Avenue
    Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
    Phone: 651-450-2500
    Fax: 651-450-2502


  • City of Lakeville City of Lakeville

    City of Lakeville
    20195 Holyoke Avenue
    Lakeville, MN 55044
    Phone: 952-985-4400
    Fax: 952-985-4499


    Lakeville is a thriving city of cohesive neighborhoods, vibrant businesses, and successful community partnerships. Working together, education, commerce, and local government have built a dynamic city offering a wide array of shopping, housing, and business development opportunities.

    Their parks, lakes, and award-winning schools are alive with countless cultural, recreational, educational, and leisure activities. They are ideally positioned for easy access to the Twin Cities' numerous regional amenities and attractions. From a historic downtown to industrial and high-tech business parks, Lakeville continues to attract quality growth while maintaining the small-town feeling and high quality of life that makes it exceptional.

    For more information contact: https://lakevillechamber.org.

  • City of Lilydale City of Lilydale

    City of Lilydale
    Municipal Office

    1011 Sibley Memorial Hwy.
    Lilydale, MN 55118
    Phone  651-457-2316


    Lilydale: A unique little gem

    Rich in history and community pride, Lilydale, a unique little gem of a town, has the feel of both country and city.  With its vibrant business community consisting primarily of small retail businesses and restaurants, it stands out for other reasons as well.  Lying along a sliver of land in Northern Dakota County between Highway 13 (also called Sibley Memorial Hwy.) and the Mississippi River, it lies totally within a national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.  Flanked on the south side by the river, it is adjacent to St. Paul, Mendota Heights, and Mendota.

    Living in Lilydale it’s easy to forget you’re just minutes from Minneapolis with both Hwy. 13 and I 35-E providing quick access.  Because our little city lies in a geological region of a river gorge, we have many vantage points for viewing the river.  The bluff tops, where most of Lilydale’s population of 700 live, are built primarily with condominiums, townhomes, and apartments.  Many of the residents who settle here are retired and love the views of the river with the eagles, seagulls, the river barges and paddle wheelers going by and the many recreation opportunities.  In the part of Lilydale that lies at the foot of the bluffs, we have parks and trails, the most famous of which are Lilydale Regional Park and the Big Rivers Regional Trail which connects to Ft. Snelling Regional State Park, and Lilydale Regional Park, Harriet Island Regional Park and downtown St. Paul.

  • City of Mendota City of Mendota

    City of Mendota
    PO Box 50688
    Mendota, MN 55150
    Phone:  651.322.0827


    Mendota: meeting of the waters

    Mendota is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.  Visitors can access the Mississippi River through Fort Snelling State Park. Within the historic city of Mendota, visitors can tour the Sibley House, DuPois House, as well as the Faribault House during the summer months.  The City provides tours of the Historic City Jail during Mendota Day held in July each year.
    Mendota is nestled among hills and bluffs at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The area is so historically significant it hosts two National Register Historic Districts: the Mendota District from the village to the Mendota Bridge, and Fort Snelling District from the bridge to Fort Snelling. The name Mendota comes from the Dakota Indian word "
    mdo-te," meeting of the waters.

  • City of Mendota Heights City of Mendota Heights

    City Hall
    1101 Victoria Curve
    Mendota Heights, MN 55118
    Phone:  651.452.1850


    Mendota Heights: A Community of Quality

    Mendota Heights is one of the Twin Cities premier suburbs, offering high quality residential and business areas.  Per capita incomes and average property values are among the highest in the area, but homes in more moderate price brackets are also available.  While the emphasis has been on maintaining large lots and spacious development, the community is also unique in its convenient location and highway access.
    Both I-35E and I-494 traverse the city.  Major employment centers such as downtown Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul, Bloomington Mall of America and MSP International Airport are just minutes away.  At the same time, the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers form a natural green belt around the community, enabling it to maintain a quiet, private way of life.
    Citizens place a high emphasis on parks, open space, and recreation areas.  The city expanded the parks system as the result of the approval of a parks bond referendum in 1989.  The city has acquired key open space parcels in recent years.  Excellent public and private schools and a well-educated populace complement the traditional but progressive character of the city.
    The city welcomes high-quality business development and approximately 25 percent of the land has been reserved for that purpose.  Mendota Heights has 11,071 residents, in 4,378 households.  Most of the land in the community is now platted; there is still construction activity in new construction and redevelopment.  Estimated market value for all property is $1.7 billion.

  • City of Miesville City of Miesville

    City of Miesville
    Phone: 651-437-6228
    Fax: 651-437-6228
    More Info

  • City of New Trier City of New Trier

    City Hall 
    8540 240th Street East 
    Hampton, MN 55031 

    More Info

  • City of Northfield City of Northfield

    City of Northfield
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057
    Phone: 507-645-8833
    Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Monday - Friday


    Northfield is bursting with vibrant culture, esteemed academics, celebrated arts, progressive technology, and a cherished history.

  • City of Randolph City of Randolph

    City Hall
    4365 292nd Street East 
    P.O. Box 68 
    Randolph, MN 55065 
    Phone: 507-645-7492 
    More Info

  • City of Rosemount City of Rosemount

    City Hall
    2875 - 145th Street West
    Rosemount, MN 55068
    Phone:  651.432.4411


    Rosemount: Spirit of Pride and Progress

    The City of Rosemount is on the southern edge of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.  With a population of 23,000 plus, Rosemount residents enjoy the advantages of living in a community with both a small town and a large metropolitan city atmosphere.  Unusual for a city of its population, Rosemount combines industry, agriculture and agricultural research with a rapidly growing community providing an excellent environment in which to live and work.

    Just 15 miles south of the Twin Cities and the MSP International Airport, Rosemount is a close-knit community in touch with the urban environment. For these and many other reasons, Money magazine picked Rosemount in 2015 as the 12th Best Place to Live and 4th Best Place to be a Kid in its annual national rankings.

  • City of South St. Paul City of South St. Paul

    City of South St. Paul
    125 Third Avenue N
    South St. Paul, MN 55075
    Phone: 651-554-3200
    Fax: 651-554-3201


    South St. Paul: All American City

    Situated at the former site of the Sioux Village of Kaposia, South St. Paul is one of the undiscovered treasures on the banks of the Mississippi. South St. Paul is a small family friendly community nestled up against the big city. South St. Paul was designated as an All American City in 1990 and prides itself on a rich history of ethnic diversity and a strong work ethic.

    It remains a place with an active citizenry and a strong sense of community. South St. Paul is known for its excellent school system, high-quality police, fire, and other public services, and a responsive city government.


  • City of Sunfish Lake City of Sunfish Lake

    City of Sunfish Lake

    Sunfish Lake: a village with a rural atmosphere

    Sunfish Lake is a small residential community - area 1.7 square miles, population 525 (est.) - located 5 miles due south of St. Paul, Minnesota. First incorporated as a village in 1958, the consistent goal of city government has been to maintain a rural atmosphere, with large lot size and as little disturbance of the natural environment as possible. For new construction, the minimum lot size is 2.5 acres of buildable land. Most of the city is heavily wooded, on moraine topography with many slopes and wetlands and three small private lakes. 

  • City of Vermillion City of Vermillion

    City Hall 
    105 Main Street East 
    P.O. Box 67 
    Vermillion, MN 55085

    More Info

  • City of West St. Paul City of West St. Paul

    City Hall 
    1616 Humboldt Avenue 
    West St. Paul, MN  55118 
    Phone:  651.552.4100 


    West St. Paul is a first-ring suburb adjacent to St. Paul which offers the tranquility and beauty of the country as well as the diverse amenities of the city. Lush green fields, lakes, and wildlife are minutes from a vast array of stores, restaurants, and educational institutions. We are a full-service city that offers a high quality of life and is rich with opportunities for enjoyment, growth, and development.

    West St. Paul has 15 parks, an indoor ice arena, the Regional Athletics Center dome, and a community swimming pool. The City is also home to Dodge Nature Center, Southview Country Club, and Thompson County Park. West St. Paul boasts a superior public educational system, along with great private schools. We have diverse, well-maintained housing available with an established program to maintain quality. There are over 600 businesses in West St. Paul, including a light industrial park. South Robert Street is a busy thoroughfare that has tens of thousands of vehicles traveling it every day. According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the population of West St. Paul is 20,615.

    The City operates under the council-manager form of government. Policy-making and legislative authority is vested in the City Council, consisting of a Mayor and six elected Councilmembers. The City Council is responsible for passing ordinances, adopting budgets, appointing committees, and hiring both the City Manager and the City Attorney, among other things. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the City Council, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City, and appointing the heads of the various operating departments.

    City Departments:

    • Parks and Recreation
    • Community Development
    • Administration
    • Economic Development
    • Finance / IT
    • Fire
    • Police
    • Public Works

    Public Safety

    The West St. Paul Police Department has over 30 sworn officers, located right off the bustling activity of Robert Street. West St. Paul and South St, Paul share fire services (South Metro Fire), and one of their two fire stations are connected to City Hall.

    Parks and Recreation

    West St. Paul Parks and Recreation offers seasonal opportunities for children and adults of all abilities. Some of these activities include youth sports, safety camp, yoga, candy making, and more! Park Enthusiasts can adopt a park to help care for it, or reserve rental spaces in parks for events. The different seasons allow for a change in activity in West St. Paul. In the summer the public outdoor pool is open daily and is a BLAST for people of all ages. It features a two-story water slide, zero-depth splash pool, lap pool, and concession area. In the winter, skaters and hockey players can enjoy any of the several outdoor rinks and warming houses, or skate indoors at our ice arena.  

  • Douglas Township Douglas Township

    Douglas Township​
    Mailing Address
    Douglas Township Clerk
    P.O. Box 151
    Hampton, MN 55031

    More Info

  • Eureka Township Eureka Township

    Eureka Township
    25043 Cedar Avenue
    Farmington, Minnesota 55024

    952-469-5525 (fax)
    Tue & Thu 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


    Eureka is a small rural community of 1500 residents in the southwestern corner of Dakota County, Minnesota, south of Minneapolis–St. Paul. The area was first settled in 1854, and Eureka was officially organized as a township by the Dakota County Board of Commissioners in 1858, the year Minnesota became a state.

  • Greenvale Township Greenvale Township

    Greenvale Township​
    Town Hall
    31800 Guam Avenue
    Northfield, MN 55057


  • Hampton Township Hampton Township

    Hampton Township
    Fax: 651-437-9212
    Mailing Address:
    PO Box 154
    Hampton, MN  55031

    Physical Address:
    23250 Main Street

    Hampton, MN  55031   

  • Marshan Township Marshan Township

    Marshan Town Hall
    19497 205th Street East 
    Hastings, MN 55033 
    (Not a mailing address. All mail should be sent to the clerk.)


    Marshan Township is located in eastern Dakota County, south of the city of Hastings. It was named after Michael Marsh and his wife, Ann. Marsh platted and owned Marshan City and served as postmaster until the city was abandoned in the late 1850s.

    The township covers 34.5 square miles and, according to the 2000 U.S. census, was home to 1,263 residents. The township's estimated median household income in 2009 was $69,891, which was considerably higher than the Minnesota average of $55,616. The estimated median house or condo value in 2009 was $331,979. That compares to the state's average of $200,400.

    Although the township is mostly rural, it does have two popular golf courses, Bellwood Oaks and Hidden Greens, and Steve and Sylvia Bauer's famous Little Log House settlement that includes a number of restored historic buildings and an impressive replica of the world famous Hastings Spiral Bridge.

  • Nininger Township Nininger Township

    Nininger Township​
    Town Hall 
    12390 Ivanhoe Way 
    Hastings, MN 55033 
    Phone/Fax: 651-437-4282 
    More Info

  • Randolph Township Randolph Township

    Randolph Township
    P.O. Box 87
    Randolph, MN 55065


  • Scotia Township Scotia Township

    Scotia Township
    30038 Alta Ave.
    Northfield MN 55057


    Sciota Township is situated in the southern part of Dakota County, containing fifteen sections of land. It is one of the smallest townships in the County, bounded on the north by Castle Rock Township, on the east by the Randolph Township and Goodhue County, on the south by Rice County and on the west by Waterford Township.

  • Ravenna Township Ravenna Township

    Ravenna Township
    20425 Red Wing Blvd
    Hastings MN 55033
    Office Hours - vary Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.


    Ravenna is a township of natural contrasts; from its hilly eastern portions characterized by bluffs overlooking pleasant river valleys, to the rolling lands of its western boundaries, Ravenna is an area of natural scenic beauty.  Both the Mississippi and Vermillion Rivers run within Ravenna's borders.  

    The Vermillion traverses the township from the northwestern corner to the southeastern edge, while the Mississippi River forms the northeastern border of Ravenna with five miles of shoreline on the edge of the township.

    The name of the township was chosen in 1860 by Mrs.Harriet P. Norton, the wife of a property owner named Albert T. Norton who had been instrumental in the township's formation.  Mrs. Norton had once taught school in the City of Ravenna, Ohio.  She reported that the place and the people were very pleasant and thus she chose that name for the new township.

  • Vermillion Township Vermillion Township

    Vermillion Township
    Park Avenue South 
    Vermillion, MN 55085 

    More Info

  • Waterford Township Waterford Township

    Waterford Township​
    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 531
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Hall Location:
    3847 321st Street West
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Phone: 651-346-8467


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