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County assessors estimate property market values and classify them according to their use for property tax purposes. Every year the assessor reviews the market valuation of all properties in each jurisdiction to determine if changes in the real estate market require a change in the estimated market value. Minnesota law requires assessors to actually view each parcel of real estate every five years to appraise its market value. In addition, each year the appraiser inspects parcels with new construction, alterations, or improvements.
Taxing jurisdictions such as the county, schools, cities and townships, adopt budgets after public hearings. This determines the tax levy, which is used to calculate the rate of taxation required to raise the money budgeted. The taxes you pay are proportionate to the value and classification of your property district.
The Assessor's responsibility is with market value and classification, not taxes. The Assessor does not:
For more information, contact the Assessor at 218-384-9142.
Market value is the price a willing, knowledgeable buyer would pay for your property if it were offered for sale on the open market. The assessor does not create this value, but instead interprets what is happening in the marketplace between buyers, sellers, their agents, mortgage companies, etc. Values change with economic conditions as well as changes to the property. For more information, contact the Assessor at 218-384-9142.
A mass appraisal process is used for estimating market values. Information from all sales that occur within the county are collected and closely analyzed by the Assessor's Office. The Assessor's Office then adjusts market values by comparing properties that sold within a given area with properties that have not sold within that same area For more information, contact the Assessor at 218-384-9142.
Estimated Market Value Fact Sheet
The assessor has not created the value. People make value by their transactions in the market place. Property values are based on market values which fluctuate with general economic conditions such as interest rates, inflation rates, supply and demand and changes in tax laws. By Minnesota state law, as properties values change in the market place, those changes must be reflected in the assessor's estimated market value. For more information please contact the Assessor's Office, 218-384-9142.
The assessor who values and classifies your property should be your first contact if you have questions or want more information. If you are not sure who your assessor is, call the county office. The assessor can review your parcel records with you, review local sales activity, zoning regulations and general market trends. You can also review how other local properties are valued and classified to judge if your property is fairly valued and classified. After meeting with your assessor to discuss your concerns there are three levels of appeal available to you if you choose to appeal. These must be completed in order, unless you choose to go directly to the Regular Division of Minnesota Tax Court. For more information, contact the Assessor at 218-384-9142.
No, it does not. There are differences between individual properties and between cities or townships. In one area the sales may indicate a large increase in value and in another area there may be very little or no change in value. Also, different types of property within the same area may show different value changes. There are numerous factors to be considered in each property which will cause value changes to differ. Some of the factors that can affect value are location, condition, size, quality, basement finish, garages and many other factors. For more information, contact the Assessor at 218-384-9142.
If all property see a similar increase in value, your property class has not changed, the local government agencies don't have to increase their budgets and there is no change in classification rates by the state legislature there will be no increase in your tax bill. Taxing authorities actually determine how much money the property tax has to raise to provide services to the taxpayer. For more information on the tax rate, contact the Auditor's Office at 218-384-9127.
Yes. The assessor keeps records on the physical characteristics of each property in the county. Even though the assessor may have been unable to go through your property, the estimated market value will be reviewed based on existing records and sales of similar property. For more information, contact the Assessor at 218-384-9142.
Classification is a definition of how the property is used, determined by its ownership and use. Classifications such as homestead, timber, commercial, and agricultural describe the primary use of a property, and affect the amount of property tax paid. By state law, various classes of property are taxed at different rates. For example, two neighboring homes of equal value will be taxed at different rates if one is a homestead and one is a seasonal property. Class rates are created and defined by the Minnesota State legislature. New homeowners should contact their assessor to apply for the preferential homestead classification rate. For more information, contact the Assessor at 218-384-9142.
You can either call the office or there is a calculation table on the reverse side of your tax statement.
You have 2 options.
14 N 11th StreetCloquet, MN 55720
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday10 a.m. - 2 p.m.Thursday 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Walk-ins are welcome on Fridays when there is an emergency situation.
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Each program has a set of income and asset rules. Because each person’s circumstances vary, it is hard to determine eligibility without the details. An application needs to be completed to determine what you qualify for. For income and asset guidelines for medical, cash, and food support programs you can refer to the Department of Human Services website .
You need identification such as a driver’s license, Minnesota ID, Tribal ID, or social security number. Some programs require proof of citizenship. We may also ask for proof of income (both earned and unearned), proof of assets such as bank accounts, certificates of deposit, bonds, life insurance policies, vehicles, real estate, burial agreements, and any other assets. We may ask for health insurance information as well. The application process can take up to 2 hours or more but generally is less than that.
If you suspect someone is misusing or abusing Minnesota Assistance programs
Call the toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-800-627-9977
Carlton County Financial Assistance Supervisors at 218-878-2523 or 218-878-2502
To find more information on our members, view our Collaborative Board page.
For more information on our programs, call us at 218-384-4284.
View our current partners on our Jump Start 4 Kindergarten page or search for one in the Resource Directory.
There are 5 County Commissioner's, each one representing an area of the County.
Interactive District Map
County Board meetings are held the second Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and the fourth Monday at 4:00 p.m. of each month. A Committee of the Whole meeting is held the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. These meetings are all located at the Carlton County Transportation Building unless notified otherwise.
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except for holidays. Please note: The Law Enforcement Center and Jail hours may vary.
(218)384-9161 or (218)384-9188.
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The Motor Vehicle Department may be reached at (218)879-5951 or by visiting their Department page.
The Carlton County Fair Office can be reached at (218)389-6737 or by visiting the Carlton County Fair website.
Custodial and Parks Supervisor Monty Lundberg at (218)390.5936.
Birth certificates can be obtained from the Carlton County Recorder's Office. For questions, please call (218)384-9156.
Fines can be paid online here and Court fines can be paid here .
The new plat books are available for purchase from the Carlton County Extension Office at 317 Chestnut Street and at the County Recorder's Office in the Courthouse at 301 Walnut Avenue in Carlton. The books are priced at $40. For more information, call (218)384-3511.
Highest Paid Employees
Pursuant to H.F. No. 1481, 4th Engrossment - 84th Legislative Session (2005 - 2006)
Article 2, Section 39. [471.701] SALARY DATA
A city or county with a population of more than 15,000 must annually notify its residents of the positions and base salaries of its three highest-paid employees. This notice may be provided on the homepage of the primary Web site maintained by the political subdivision for a period of not less than 90 consecutive days, in a publication of the political subdivision that is distributed to all residents in the political subdivision, or as part of the annual notice of proposed property taxes prepared under section 275.065.
Public Health & Human Services Director - $122,089.50
County Coordinator - $122,089.50
County Engineer - $120,315.00
You can pay your fine on the 4th floor of the courthouse or call 218-384-9586 to make arrangements to pay your fine. You can also go to the Minnesota Courts website.
You can call 218-384-9586 or go to the courthouse 4th floor during regular business hours. Dispatch will not give out warrant information to the public.
You can contact your power company. In an emergency call 911 (i.e. medical reasons).
The jail phone number is 218-384-4560. Please listen to the recording and follow the prompts.
Short answer is NO but (and there is always a "but") there is the opportunity to receive funds that are forgivable if you meet a particular program's criteria. Carlton County does not have grant funds but we work with a number of regional, state and federal funding partners and will do our best efforts to connect you with the lowest cost capital to defray your startup costs.
Yes. Carlton County is a funding partner in the regional economic development portal "Northland Connection" which maintains a database of real estate and other demographic information. This database is also copied into the State of Minnesota's real estate listing so we have a statewide presence. We rely on our community partners and real estate professionals to keep us up to date on the properties they have available. And of course it is very important that they let us know when something is sold or otherwise removed from the market.
The 2018 State General Election date is November 6, 2018
The easiest way to register to vote is to go to the Minnesota Secretary of State's Website. Or, you can call the office and a staff member will assist you.
Contact the Secretary of State's Office.
You can log in to the Minnesota Secretary of State's Website and they have a polling place finder you can use. Or, you can call the office.
Land sales are usually held annually in either July or August.
To inquire about having a tax-forfeited parcel placed on a Landsale, contact our office at:
1630 County Road 61Carlton, MN 55718Phone: 218-384-9179
County Memorial Forest land is not eligible to be placed on a Landsale.
Please note that not all parcels shown as "Carlton County Tax Forfeited" in plat books are eligible to be placed on a Landsale.
We do not have topo maps for sale but do offer USGS topo maps for public viewing at our office.
For more information, see our GIS-Mapping page.
The Land Department has air photos dating back to 1948.
We no longer sell or loan copies of aerial photos; however, the public is welcome to view aerial photos in our office.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has aerial photos that may be viewed online.
You may also order DNR air photos by phone at 218-327-4449.
Hunting is allowed on all County-owned, Tax-forfeited, and Memorial Forest land, with the exception of such land within a city's limits, airports, landfills, gravel pits (in general; contact Transportation Department for more information), or land on which county buildings are located.
Hunting rules and Regulations on Carlton County managed lands are enforced by MN DNR Conservation Officers.
View Department of Natural Resources Hunting and Trapping Regulations website.
The best way to identify county-owned, Tax-forfeited and Memorial Forest lands is to consult a Carlton County plat book. 2017 plat books are available for purchase in the Recorder’s Office at the Courthouse in Carlton, MN or at the Carlton County Extension Office.
Changes in ownership are ongoing. To obtain current ownership information, check with the Carlton County Land Department or the Carlton County Auditor’s Office.
Our GIS Department has online mapping application services which allow you to search by ownership, address, parcel identification number, etc.
The most recent Hunting and Wildlife Guide available from Minnesota's Bookstore may also be helpful.
View Minnesota's Bookstore website for a hunting guide.
Public lands must be accessed from public roads unless permission has been obtained from landowners to cross privately owned land in order to reach County-owned, Tax-forfeited and Memorial Forest lands which have no public access.
No. Privately owned land may be crossed only with the permission of the landowner.
Deer stands may NOT be permanently affixed to trees. They may be tied or strapped to trees or free standing. They must be portable. Screw-in pegs may be put in trees to access portable deer stands, but must be removed after hunting season.For more information about hunting on Carlton County public lands, please see Chapter 9 "Recreation" of the Carlton County Management Plan for Tax-Forfeited Lands (PDF).Approved Deer Stand Example (PDF)
Cutting shooting lanes, including brush, is a violation of Minnesota Law. For more information, please see Chapter 9 "Recreation" of the Carlton County Management Plan for Tax-Forfeited Lands (PDF).
There are currently 52 leases and additional leases are not likely. No new leases have been issued since 1996. See Chapter 6, "Land Administration" of the Carlton County Management Plan for Tax-Forfeited Lands (PDF).
No, the leases themselves may not be sold. Furthermore, leases may be transferred by the lessee only to a blood relative upon the formal, written approval by the Carlton County Land Commissioner.
Primitive and short-term camping are allowed on tax-forfeited land. Permanent camp sites are not allowed. For more information about camping on Carlton County public lands, please see Chapter 9 "Recreation" of the Carlton County Management Plan for Tax-Forfeited Lands (PDF).
ATVs and off-highway motorcycles may be driven on County forest roads, unless posted closed. For example, the forest road in Section 33, T46N, R18W, which meanders northwesterly from County Line Road for approximately three miles, is a signed road and not open to ATVs.Carlton County regulations conform to the MN DNR regulations for off-highway vehicles. Conservation officers, deputy sheriffs, police officers, and state troopers, all enforce off-highway vehicle rules.ATV cross-country travel is prohibited. (Please see hunting/trapping exceptions at the DNR webpage).
Carlton County generally avoids issuing easements unless no other alternatives are available.
The Land Department does not identify areas where firewood may be available and does not set up firewood sales.
From time to time Landing Cleanup Permits or Salvage Wood permits are issued on a first come, first served basis. A contact list is not maintained.
To report an area with dead/down wood, contact the Land Department at 218-384-9179.
The DNR does set up firewood sales. Contact the Cloquet Office of DNR Forestry at 879-0880.
Land Department GIS data pertains primarily to timber inventory. For information about Carlton County GIS data please email the GIS Coordinator, Jared Hovi or call 218-384-4502.
No. The Carlton County Land Department will run lines between tax-forfeited land and private land only when the County has a timber sale on tax-forfeited land.
Library staff cannot offer legal advice. Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota offers a free legal advice clinic on the second Wednesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Legal Aid at 218-623-8100.
This can be found out by calling 218-878-2888. Only check or money orders are accepted and should be made out to “Arrowhead Regional Corrections” and will need to note the attendee.
DAIP is located at:
202 E Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
Call 218-722-2781 for information on orientation.
Only Check or Money orders are accepted and can be made out to:
Arrowhead Regional Corrections
311 W 2nd Street
Birth Record applications will be accepted at the Vital Records Department in the Carlton County Recorder’s Office in the Carlton County Courthouse or by mail. Visit our Birth Records page for more information.
To apply for a marriage license in any Minnesota county, regardless of residence, go to the Minnesota Marriage License Application to begin the online process. The wedding ceremony can take place anywhere in the state, but it must happen within six months after the date shown on the completed application.
Minnesota Uniform Conveyance Blanks are available from:
The staff in this office/department are not attorneys licensed to practice law in this state; therefore, the staff are not allowed to draft legal documents, give advice on legal matters, which includes real estate matters.
The staff will provide a detailed rejection list when a presented document does not meet recording requirements.
Property information is available on-line through the idocmarket.com enhanced service (credit card required) or for property tax information through the Carlton County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office.
Requests require document number and appropriate fees ($3.00 minimum per document up to three pages $1.00 per page thereafter or $10.00 for a certified copy of a document).
Mail requests to:
Carlton County Recorder’s Office
P.O. Box 70
Carlton, MN 55718
Please include a self-addressed stamped return envelope. Requests will not be honored without payment.Documents are also available, for viewing and copy purchase, in our public research area located in the County Recorder’s Office on the 1st Floor of the Carlton County Courthouse, Carlton, MN. Documents recorded after August 20, 1983 may be obtained through the idocmarket.com enhanced service (credit card required) or in the County Recorder’s Office.
Minnesota Recording Document StandardsAll Documents Dated August 1, 1997 or After
When creating forms always leave 3 inches of blank space at the top of the first page.
Minnesota Statutes 507.093 sets standards for documents to be recorded with the County Recorder or Registrar of Titles (other than by electronic means) as follows:
One sided documents are preferred to deter bleed through caused by a notary stamp, etc. which could interfere with the legibility of the document for recording purposes.
When attaching legal descriptions to the document use full sheets of paper printed portrait style (no sideway submissions).
The maximum time allowed for completion of the recording process for documents presented in recordable form is ten business days. MS 357.182
Legal advice will be required for this inquiry:
Copies of recorded plats are available at the County Recorder’s Office.
Fee: $10.00 non-certified copy or $15.00 certified copy as per statute.
Contact Paul Mickelson, Carrie Manty, or Ed Barkos for more information.
Youth under the age of 18 in our community may be referred by the County Attorney’s Office or their school. For more information, contact us at 218-384-4285.
For more information, contact us at 218-384-4285.
Visit our Volunteer page for more information.
"The flu" is a contagious respiratory illness caused by an influenza virus. It can cause mild to severe illness and in some cases can lead to death. Your best defense against the flu is to be vaccinated each year. Key Facts About Seasonal Flu and Seasonal Flu Vaccine. Flu Season can range from October to as late as May.
Anyone ages 6 months and older without a contraindication to influenza vaccine. Certain people should be vaccinated each year either because they are at high risk for developing serious flu-related complications, or because they live with or care for high risk persons.
People who should get vaccinated include:
There are some people who should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician.These include:
Contact your health-care provider if you have questions regarding influenza or the influenza vaccine.
The Jail Roster is available by accessing the Carlton County Jail Roster on the Jail Information section of the Sheriff’s page.
In Carlton County, please call 911 any time you need to speak to an officer or have a record made of an incident (matter of record), whether or not it is an emergency situation.
If you need to speak to a specific Deputy during business hours (Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.), you can call 218-384-3236 and your call will be transferred to the Deputy’s voice mail.
Learn how to apply for a permit to purchase or permit to carry on our Handgun Information page.
Requests for public information on individuals or for specific reports, can be made in person or in writing, by either faxing, mailing, or emailing the request to the Sheriff’s Office. Find more information on our Services page.
Place needles, syringes, lancets and other sharp medical devices in a hard plastic container with a screw-on lid, such as a laundry detergent jug. When the container is full, secure the lid with heavy-duty tape. Place a “Household Infectious Waste” sticker over the lid. Bring your sealed container to the Carlton County Transfer Station on Highway 210. Stickers can be obtained from the cashier. For more information, contact us at 218-384-9174.
Leave medication in the original container. Remove your name, address and any other identifying information. Leave the name of the medication on the container. Bring to one of three locations in Carlton County and drop it in the box: Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, City of Cloquet Police Department or Moose Lake Police Department. For more information, contact us at 218-384-9174.
The Carlton County Zoning and Environmental Services Office operates the Transfer Station, Household Hazardous Waste Facility and recycling centers. We have programs for the collection and disposal or recycling of:
Additional information and brochures can be found at the Zoning and Environmental Services Recycling and Solid Waste.
The fee for disposal of mixed municipal solid waste (household garbage) and construction/demolition (anything attached to a structure) is volume-based for most items. Loads larger than 9.33 cubic yards and loads with shingles or concrete may be weighed. Other items such as appliances, tires, mattresses and electronics are charged per item. A price brochure, as well as other solid waste and recycling information can be found in our Carlton County Transfer Station Price Guide (PDF). For more information, contact us at 2018-384-9174.
Many products you use in your house and yard contain hazardous materials. Improper disposal of these products can cause fires and injuries to people and animals. For more information on what to do with these items, view our pamphlet Does Your House Hold Hazardous Waste (PDF). For more information, contact us at 2018-384-9174.
The Carlton County Zoning and Environmental Services Office operates five staffed recycling centers, six unstaffed recycling centers and a recycling center located at the Transfer Station. For more information on these recycling centers, view our recycling brochure (PDF).
The code number on the bottom of plastics and bottles is commonly mistaken as an indicator of a product’s ability to be recycled. In actuality, this number only indicates the chemical make-up or type of plastic used in the product. Not all types of plastic can be recycled. The best indicator for a plastic containers recyclability is its shape: all bottles, jars, jugs and tubs. These shapes are most likely to be of plastics that truly can be recycled. More information about recycling plastics can be found in our brochure Plastic, Is This Recyclable? (PDF)?
The Soo Line Trail is an abandoned railroad grade purchased from Soo Line Railroad.
Carlton County Ordinance #14 - Soo Line Trail Rules & Safety Regulations (PDF)
The entire trail is 226 miles long. This includes the 112-mile Northern Route from Moose Lake in Carlton County to Cass Lake in Cass County and the 114-mile Southern Route from Genola in Morrison County to Superior in Douglas County, Wisconsin.
Snowmobiles, ATVs and motorcycles as defined by Minnesota State Statutes 84.787 through 84.796 and 84.81 through 84.929. Snowmobiles are machines designed for travel on snow or ice and steered by skis or runners. Class 1 ATV are machines that have a maximum total width from outside tire rim to outside tire rim of 50 inches. Class 2 ATV are machines with outside rim to outside rim width of greater than 50 inches but less than 65 inches. Off Highway Motorcycle means a motorized, off-highway vehicle traveling on two wheels and having a seat or saddle designed to be straddled by the operator and handlebars for steering control, including a vehicle that is registered under chapter 168 for highway use if it is also used for off-highway operation on trails or unimproved terrain.
No. Carlton County will not issue easements for use of the Trail as access to private property.
In Carlton County, ATVs are allowed on the Trail year around. In counties where the ATV and snowmobile seasons alternate, the ATV season is April 1st to November 30th.
In Carlton County, there are gas stations and restaurants in Moose Lake within 2 to 3 blocks of the Trail. In Kettle River, there is a bar and grill ½ block from the Trail. A map of acceptable routes through Moose Lake to access these services is available at:
Moose Lake City Office313 Elm AvenueMoose Lake, MN 55767
Download the Moose Lake ATV Trial Map (PDF)
In Carlton County, there are satellites along the Soo Line Trail in three places:
Yes. Permits may be purchased where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.Buy your permit online
Yes. Operators under 18 years of age must wear a helmet when operating a machine on the Soo Line Trail.
Carlton County does not groom the Trail for snowmobiling. Grooming is done by local snowmobile clubs using grant-in-aid monies from the State of Minnesota.
The Moose Lake Chamber of Commerce provides this information at 1-800-635-3680. The recording is updated weekly.
In Carlton County the best place to access the Soo Line Trail is in the City of Moose Lake. Parking is available at the historic Moose Lake Depot.
Visit the Department of Natural Resources website or at the Carlton County Land Department.
Please click on this link for the Transportation Department to access the instructions and application for the Driveway Permit.
Please click on this link Transportation Department to access the Agate Permit and Agate Maps.
Please click on this link for the Transportation Department to access the Oversize/Overweight Permit.
Please click on this link for the Transportation Department to access the Utility Permit.
Please click on this link for Transportation Department to access the Special Event Permit.
Please click on this link Transportation Department to find the current Bid Opportunities for Road Projects.
WIC is a nutrition program that helps families eat well and stay healthy. The WIC program provides:
Carlton County Zoning and Environmental Services is the zoning authority for all areas of Carlton County except the following cities:
Carlton County also has zoning authority in shore land areas (property within 1,000 feet of a classified lake or 300 feet of a classified river or stream) in the City of Cromwell and Thomson Township. Zoning permits (PDF) are required for building or moving any structure, no matter the size, including:
Zoning Permits are not required for replacing windows, doors, re-siding or re-roofing (new shingles). For more information, contact us at 218-384-9176.
Check with the Zoning and Environmental Services Office or search for your property at on our online GIS search portal to find the zoning district. For more information, contact us at 218-384-9176.
The zoning district will dictate the lot size requirements, setbacks and property use. Download the Dimensional, Height, Setback and Lot Coverage Standards (PDF) table to find out more on setback requirements. For more information, contact us at 218-384-9176.
The State Building Code is not enforced by the County in rural parts of Carlton County. For more information, contact us at 218-384-9176.
The design, location, construction and abandonment of wells are regulated by the Minnesota Department of Health 218-302-6166.
A sewage treatment system permit is obtained from the Zoning and Environmental Services Office by you or a licensed designer. A list of licensed inspectors, designers and installers can be found online at the Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Licensed Business and Certified Individual Search. Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems are required to be designed by a designer with a current license from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. If a structure has pressurized water, the structure must be connected to a compliant septic system. For more information, contact us at 218-384-9176.
A Certificate of Compliance on a septic system is required when applying for any permit or at point of sale for structures located within 1,000 feet of a classified lake or 300 feet of a classified river or stream. A Certificate of Compliance is also required if adding bedrooms. For more information, contact us at 218-384-9176.
The Carlton County Zoning and Environmental Services Office regulates activities in wetlands (can include swamps or low areas) in Carlton County exempt in the City of Cloquet and City of Wright. Permits are required. There are many types of wetlands, including shrub and wooded wetlands. Check with the Zoning and Environmental Services Offices for information and maps, call 218-384-9176.
The Carlton County Zoning and Environmental Services Office regulates activities in shore land areas including excavating, filling and vegetation removal. If your proposed project includes excavating, filling or vegetation removal in a shoreland area (within 300 feet of a classified lake or stream), a Shore land Alterations Zoning Permit or Conditional / Interim Use Permit may be required. For more information, contact us at 218-384-9176 or visit our Shore Land Information page.