Inver Grove Heights works closely with 
public health partners at Dakota County 
& the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
and following their recommendations. 
The MDH COVID-19 hotline is open 
Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 651-201-3920. 

Updated August 6

Out of an abundance of caution and in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases in Dakota County, the city is strongly recommending that staff and visitors now wear face coverings when inside city buildings and facilities. We will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely and keep you informed. The safety of our community is our top priority.

The National Guard Armory, in accordance with MDH and CDC recommendations, has made it mandatory for everyone to wear a face covering inside their armory buildings.

Updated June 8

If you are vaccinated for COVID-19, face coverings are no longer required inside City Hall, the VMCC and other city facilities.  However, we strongly recommend that those who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 wear face coverings when indoors. 

Updated June 1

City Hall staff officially returned to in-person work today. 

The safety of staff and visitors to city facilities remain top priority. Here is a copy of the city's updated return to work plan, which details the steps we will take to keep our workplace healthier.

Updated April 14

City Hall is reopening to the public on April 15 at 8 a.m. with limited front counter service

City Hall is reopening to the public on Thursday, April 15 at 8 a.m. with limited front counter service available for billing, building permits and inspections. 

If you need to meet with a staff member, or have questions regarding a bill, licenses, or a permit, we ask that you call ahead and make an appointment. Please call our main line at 651-450-2500, and we will be happy to assist you.

All who enter City Hall must wear face coverings and maintain six-foot social distancing. For the safety and protection of all staff and residents, we ask that, whenever possible, you continue to do business with the city on our website. 

City leadership continues to monitor the COVID situation in our area. We look forward to continuing to provide you with exemplary service. 💚

Updated Feb. 12

Inver Grove Heights City Hall Closed to the Public; City Services Still Open and Available

City Hall remains closed to the public. After Gov. Walz’s Executive Order was updated today, we have decided to remain closed to the public to continue to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The public can still reach city staff, who will continue working remotely, by calling City Hall at 651-450-2500.

This closure to the public applies to Inver Grove Heights City Hall and the Police Department--both the east and west sides of the City Hall building--at 8150 Barbara Avenue, and the Inver Grove Heights Fire Department, including Fire Station No. 2 at 9200 Courthouse Boulevard. 

However, the latest State of Minnesota guidance allows for our VMCC to be open with capacity limitations and restrictions in place.

The public is encouraged to participate in city meetings remotely instead of attending in person. More information on how to participate can be found at the top of our meeting agendas, downloadable at

Essential City Services Remain Open and Available


Dial 651-450-2500 for service.

Police & Fire Personnel

This closure to the public will not affect essential city services, such as Police Department and Fire Department responses, and city water and sewer services. City staff will be available via phone at 651-450-2500 or by email to help with service requests. 

Public Safety

If you need police, fire or medical response--emergency or non-emergency--dial 911. For general public safety inquiries, contact the IGH Police Department at 651-450-2525.


Water Treatment facilities will remain open, and staff will continue to work. 

Residents can pay their utility bills online at: Or can place payments in the Payment Drop Box outside of City Hall's entrance at 8150 Barbara Ave.

Public Works Maintenance Staff

Public Works Maintenance facilities will remain open, and staff will continue to perform essential duties, such as snowplowing. 

Permitting Process

All permits can be secured and paid for through the Inver Grove Heights online portal: Inspection staff are available by phone at 651-450-2550 for consultations during this time, or via e-mail at

Parks & Recreation

Veterans Memorial Community Center is reopened, see details at

  • The VMCC has capacity limits and reservations will be required for most activities to maintain limits
  • Water Park is available for Open Swim by reservation only, reserve your spot (face covering not required while swimming)
  • MUST register to attend virtual or in-person fitness classes
  • Personal training open following state guidelines around COVID-19 restrictions
  • Ice Arenas open to youth and adult practices and games
  • The National Guard Gymnasium will be closed to all Parks & Recreation and VMCC-related recreational activities from through the end of March, due to its allocation as a National Guard COVID-19 testing site.

Updated Nov. 16

COVID-19 Testing Available at National Guard Gymnasium - Enter Through Door J (West Side)

To help people get timely testing for COVID-19 at no-cost, new testing sites open this week. One of those testing sites is in Inver Grove Heights at the National Guard Armory in the gymnasium, 8076 Babcock Trail. COVID-19 testing will be available to any Minnesotan who wishes to be tested, with or without symptoms, and doesn’t require insurance. 

Sign up for an appointment time now. This helps us keep wait times short and gives people plenty of space. 

If you are not able to sign up online, or need a translator, call 1-800-800-5698 or e-mail Vault Health for assistance.

Here is a complete list of testing sites in Minnesota, and more information.

Updated Nov. 10

Governor Walz Issues New COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies Effective 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13

Today Gov. Walz announced a new order (20-96) which includes COVID-19 mitigation strategies which begin this Friday, Nov. 13 at 10 p.m.

Order 20-96 Highlights

  • First, beginning Friday, Nov. 13, bars and restaurants must end dine-in service at 10 p.m., and bar seating and service will be closed. 
  • Second, there will be a 10-person limit for indoor and outdoor gatherings starting Friday, Nov. 13 and all social gatherings will be limited to members of three households or less. 
  • And third, capacity limits for receptions related to weddings, funerals, and similar events will be phased in, but will eventually have a 25-person cap. Receptions and similar events also must not take place between 10 p.m.-4 a.m.


Updated Oct. 1

City Hall Open to the Public; Services Remain Available Online 

Our top priority remains providing excellent service while keeping our residents and our workers healthy. We encourage residents to continue to access city services and pay bills online. If you do need to visit City Hall, you’ll notice some reminders and updates we’ve made to our lobby to increase the safety of visitors and staff while we answer your questions and meet your needs. 

Here’s how you can help:

  • Maintain social distancing (6 feet) in our buildings and when interacting with our staff.
  • Wear a face covering when visiting City Hall.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. (We promise to, too!)
  • If you need personal assistance, or if you are unable to wear a face covering inside City Hall, please call ahead so that staff can best serve you: 651-450-2500.

We encourage you to access city services remotely, or schedule an appointment.

Building Permits & Inspections

  • All building permits, including residential permits, can be secured and paid for through our online portal.
  • Inspection staff is available by phone at 651-450-2550 for consultations, or via e-mail at
  • In order to limit the number of people who might be waiting in line for permits and other services at our counter, if you need personal assistance, or if you are unable to wear a face covering inside City Hall, please call ahead so that staff can schedule an appointment with you: 651-450-2550.

Utility Payments

The drop box outside City Hall is always available to accept your payment. It’s also easy to sign up to pay your utility bill online:

1. Visit our homepage

2. Click the  "Water Billing" button water billing

3. Click ’Utility Billing’

4. Click the ’Quick Pay’ icon 

You will need your account number and last payment amount, which are both listed on your invoice. 

If you have questions or need personal assistance with billing, please call ahead to schedule an appointment with staff at 651-450-2520, or email us at

City Licenses and Permits

Please schedule an appointment with City Clerk Rebecca Kiernan at or call 651-450-2513.

We want to see all IGH residents and staff remain healthy as we move forward and reopen our facilities. We thank you and look forward to serving you. 

Updated July 22

Gov. Walz Announces Statewide Mask Mandate effective July 25

On Wednesday Governor Tim Walz announced a statewide mandate requiring Minnesotans to wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces and businesses. Here is language from the Executive Order:

"Beginning on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Minnesotans must wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings, as described in this order and the related industry guidance, available at the Stay Safe Minnesota website (, as well as any other guidance referenced in this order. Workers must also wear face coverings outdoors when it is not possible to maintain social distancing. When leaving home, Minnesotans are strongly encouraged to have a face covering with them at all times to be prepared to comply with the requirements of this Executive Order."

For more information:

Minnesota Department of Health website

Update for Local Businesses:

Statewide Mask Mandate: Implementation of face covering requirements by businesses effective July 25

Governor Tim Walz announced on July 22, 2020 a statewide mandate requiring Minnesotans to wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces and businesses. This goes into effect on Saturday, July 25 and will remain in effect until Minnesota’s peacetime state of emergency order is lifted. Here is a link to the Executive Order, along with highlights that pertain to specifically to businesses:

Governor’s Executive Order 20-81:

Implementation of face covering requirements by businesses

Businesses must require that all persons, including their workers, customers, and visitors, wear face coverings as required by this Executive Order.

When possible, businesses must provide accommodations to persons, including their workers and customers, who state they have a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the person to maintain a face covering, such as permitting use of an alternate form of face covering (e.g., face shield) or providing service options that do not require a customer to enter the business.

Businesses may not require customers to provide proof of a medical condition mental health condition, or disability, or require customers to explain the nature of their conditions or disability.

Businesses must follow the requirements of other applicable laws with respect to whether a business may require a worker to provide documentation of a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability related to their inability to wear a face covering and what the business may ask regarding the condition or disability.

Nothing in this Executive Order requires businesses or their workers to enforce this requirement when it is unsafe to do so, or authorizes them to restrain, assault or physically remove workers or customers who refuse to comply with this Executive Order.

Nothing in this Executive Order authorizes businesses or their workers to violate other laws, including anti-discrimination laws.

For more information and resources for businesses:

Minnesota Department of Economic Development website 

Minnesota Department of Health website

Updated May 16

Parks Update: Many Park Amenities to Reopen May 18, with Safety Measures in Place

Over the past two months, IGH residents have been respecting social distancing guidelines on our trails and in our green spaces, and we truly appreciate your patience, diligence and support. Keep up the good work!

Governor Tim Walz has announced that Minnesota’s Stay at Home order will expire on May 18 and be replaced by #StaySafeMN, which allows for more businesses and spaces to be open to the public with safety plans in place. Following state guidance, we are pleased to announce that on May 18 we will begin to reopen some of our park amenities with social distancing and other rules in place. We ask that all park visitors take personal responsibility to keep themselves and others safe. Please use our parks, open spaces and trails at your own risk and in accordance with recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (, including the use of hand sanitizer and face coverings. Portable bathrooms will be open for use.

Below is an overview of the status of park amenities beginning May 18:

Park amenities OPEN with social distancing rules in place:

  • Parks and trails
  • Playgrounds
  • Off-leash Dog Park (if you hold a valid Dog Park pass)
  • One tennis court net at 4 of our parks (Skyview, Oakwood, Rich Valley and Groveland)
  • 3 pickleball courts at North Valley
  • Community Gardens (if you have a plot reserved)
  • Disc Golf Course
  • Baseball fields (recreational use ONLY; no organized practices)
  • Soccer fields (recreational use ONLY; no organized practices)
  • Picnic shelters (casual/unorganized use)
  • Inver Wood Golf Course
  • Fishing piers
  • Horseshoe pits

Park amenities that remain CLOSED, until further guidance from the State of Minnesota:

  • Basketball courts
  • Recreation buildings and permanent restrooms
  • Water fountains
  • Sand volleyball courts

Please follow these rules to protect yourself and others:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Practice social distancing, staying 6 feet from other people outside of your immediate family/household at all times
  • Do not congregate in groups larger than 10
  • Use face masks or a cloth face covering

City’s official statement regarding safe park use

Parks Reopening Final Letter

Refer to this chart for details on park amenity openings, closures and safety

Park Amenities Reopening Grid

Letter from Parks & Recreation Director 
Eric Carlson

Parks Reopening Final Letter from Eric

Safety tips while visiting the parks

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A message from Mayor Tourville - April 17

A message of thanks from Mayor George Tourville - April 3

Watch this important update from Police Chief Melissa Chiodo on Minnesota’s Stay at Home order

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