COVID-19 Information

City Administration Building:

The City Administration Building is open, in accordance with guidance from the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health, masks are no longer required inside City Buildings or outside for fully vaccinated people.  Face masks are still recommended but not required, for people who are unvaccinated. Those who feel the desire to wear a mask as a personal health and safety choice may do so and others should respect their choice.    

Council and Board Meetings:

In-Person Meetings will be held mindful of social distance requirements.  City Council and other City Committee meetings may also be conducted by telephone or other electronic means, meeting information is posted in the Agenda Center prior to the meeting date.  

Business Licenses:

Please contact the Jeanette Clawson by phone (507) 774-7341 or email if you have any questions regarding business licenses.


Owatonna Public Library – Owatonna Public Library Express Service Hours are 12:00-6:00 p.m. on Mondays, and 9:00-a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays. OPL Express Service Hours allow library patrons to browse and borrow materials or use computers for up to 45 minutes per day, no appointment required. Children 15 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. You can access library services in-person (via browsing and computer appointments) and online. To schedule an appointment to browse or use the computers, call 507-774-7006. Please visit the Library’s webpage for additional details.  If you have questions you can call (507) 444-2460 Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. You can also contact staff via the "Ask a Librarian" link on the website at, or through the Library’s Facebook or Twitter sites.

Development Services & Building Permits:

We can process any application electronically if you have a scanning and sending capability. We can also accomplish this by mailing methods. All common applications are available on the website. The City’s comprehensive website has extensive information under Building Inspections page.  

Staff can be contacted by calling (507) 444-4370.

Please submit permit applications and inquiries to 

Individual contact information is as follows;

Parks and Recreation:

Facility availability can be viewed on the Parks and Recreation page.  

Please use the Parks and Recreation cancellation page for updates on programs and activities.  

Staff can be contacted by the following:

Engineering Department:

Please call (507) 444-4350 with any questions. Staff may also be reached by email: 

COVID-19 Resources:

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Information
State of MN COVID-19 Website
Small Business Guidance and Loan Programs
Restaurants with Take Out, Delivery and Curbside Options
Resources for Businesses
Materials and Resources Available in Many Languages
Educational Materials Available in Many Languages

MN Dept of Agriculture - Safe at Retail Cost Share Program

Steele County Community Resource Lists - COVID 19  (English or Spanish)