Apply for Highway permits and services on-line. Fees are payable on-line or by mailing a check to the Highway Department. If you have questions regarding permits, please call (218) 824-1110 or email Cindy Rader.
Driveway access to a county road requires that a permit be obtained by the landowner prior to construction. The County Board has adopted a Driveway Access Policy (PDF), revised on April 23, 2019, which includes construction specifications (PDF).
A deposit of $600.00 for a residential driveway or $1,000.00 for a commercial driveway is required when the application is submitted. Half of the deposit is refunded to the applicant after the driveway has successfully passed final inspection.
Moving a Building / Oversize Load
Movement of a building and loads in excess of 8.5 feet wide and/or 14 feet tall require that a permit be obtained prior to movement over county roads. A list of stipulations (PDF) for moving is attached to the permit form. Overweight permits are not available when seasonal weight restrictions are in place.
A single move permit is $15.00. An annual permit is $70.00 (for those who plan multiple moves through the county within the year)
If the move is over state highways, check with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for requirements.
See Minnesota State Statute: 169.80 Size, Weight, Load for more information regarding oversize loads.
Special Events on County Roads
Groups holding special events such as parades, walking/running/biking events, etc. on a county road are requested to complete a permit application to provide information regarding their event. A map of the parade/event route, traffic control plans and a copy of the group's certificate of insurance are requested to assist with coordination for the safety of the participants and the traveling public through the event area. There is no charge for this permit. Apply for a special events permit on-line. A trailer with selected traffic control devices to alert the traveling public of an event may be rented for $25.00 More information about the Special Event Trailer is listed below under Services.
Snowmobile Trail Permit
A permit is needed to designate a two-way trail along a county road. Stipulations for establishment of a two-way trail are attached to the permit. There is no cost to obtain a permit. Apply for a snowmobile trail permit on-line.
Installation of a utility within a county road right of way requires a permit be obtained prior to digging. Stipulations (PDF) for construction are attached to the permit There is a minimum fee of $100.00 for the first mile and $50.00 for each additional mile of construction. Apply for a utility permit on-line. View help (PDF) for instructions on how to apply for a utility permit.
Special Event Sign Trailer
A trailer with select traffic control devices is available for rent from the Highway Department. Included are Event in Progress signs, Slow/Stop paddles, safety cones and vests. These items will help to make the traveling public aware that something out of the ordinary is happening along a public roadway. Request use of the Event Sign Trailer on-line. Rental fee is $25.00.
The County Board adopted a Mailbox Support Policy (PDF) which was revised on January 1, 2017. The policy includes a diagram (PDF) showing specifications for installation of the approved swing-a-way mailbox support.
Residents living on a county road may purchase a mailbox support for $50.00 (plus tax), or have it installed for $90.00 plus tax). Order a mailbox support to be installed and pay on-line.
Residents not living on a county road may purchase a mailbox support for $90.00 (plus tax) at the Highway Department. Stop by our office to pick one up.
Residents within the First Assessment (Unorganized Territory) may petition for one-time maintenance of roads platted for public use but not maintained by the County or State. Basic, non-routine maintenance will be provided by the County, acting on behalf of the unorganized township, as outlined in the policy (PDF) adopted by the County Board on October 23, 2007. Roads that are maintained by the County within the First Assessment are listed by road name (PDF)or may be viewed on a map (PDF). A Petition for Maintenance Service may be submitted on-line.
Specific Service Signs
Specific Service Signs, those that direct travelers to a specific business, are ordered and installed by the Highway Department along county roads. The county's policy regarding approval of Specific Service Signs is attached to the application. Cost of a Specific Service Sign is $400.00 (plus tax). Apply for a Specific Service Sign on-line. E-911 address signs are issued and installed by the Land Services Department.