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About Cottage Grove
Thank you for choosing Cottage Grove! Cottage Grove is a growing community in the Southeast Twin Cities metropolitan area. Situated close to St. Paul, our residents and businesses have the best of both worlds with access to urban opportunities and recreational amenities in their own backyards. Cottage Grove offers:
- 45 miles of trails
- An all-inclusive playground
- A municipal golf course
- Over 1,300 acres of park land
- Year-round recreation programs
We have pulled together some of our most commonly requested information on this page. View our Resident Phone List (PDF) for frequently dialed numbers, or explore the subpages for additional information on our beautiful City!
Cottage Grove is a growing community in the Southeast Twin Cities metropolitan area. Situated close to St. Paul, our residents and businesses can take advantage of convenient access to urban opportunities while enjoying the recreational amenities, open spaces, high-quality schools, and close-knit community that Cottage Grove offers.
Learn more about city ordinances and laws enacted by the city to keep neighborhoods clean, safe, and healthy for the community.
Find permitting and licensing information from the Public Safety Department.
Apply for permits for building and construction in residential buildings.
View the fees for various services in the city.
Bus service to downtown St. Paul, Minneapolis, and other metropolitan areas is provided by Metro Transit, the region's principal transit service, and First Transit under contract with the Metropolitan Council.
The City has launched a new and improved bill pay service with a user-friendly portal and more features than before to view and pay bills online for free!
The City's Management Plan outlines strategies to protect Cottage Grove ponds, wetlands, and the discharge to the Mississippi River.
Calling all Cottage Grove future leaders ages 8-12! Are you interested in being Mayor for the day? As honorary Mayor, you’ll get the chance to be picked up from your school by the Chief of Police in his Police car, try on the same gear our Firemen wear when training and fighting fires, have pizza and ask questions with the (current) Mayor, tour city offices, ride on a Zamboni and more! Feeling a little shy? That’s okay! One or both of your parents will be with us the whole time! You’ll even get to meet the City Council and be presented with an official certificate that’s yours to keep! If you’re interested in holding the keys to the City, we want to hear from you! Write us a short essay, 250 words or less, explaining why you would like to be mayor for a day and what your vision is for the future of Cottage Grove. For more information and instructions on how to enter, visit cottagegrovemn.gov/mayorforaday.