- Our Community
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!
We Want to Hear from You!
The City of Cottage Grove’s motto is “Where Pride and Prosperity Meet.” As the City continues to thrive and grow, we need your input! We want to hear from you… how are we doing? We’d like to know what aspects of the City make you proud and happy to call Cottage Grove home and we want to hear about services, amenities or opportunities you feel we could improve upon.
The City portion of your taxpayer dollars are used to provide emergency and public safety services, transportation, water infrastructure, high-quality parks, trails and recreation services. Our development teams help secure businesses and employers within our community and ensure our homes, buildings and properties are safe, valuable and accessible!
Please take a few moments to complete the brief survey. Your answers will help guide our future policy decisions and upcoming initiatives. By filling out the survey, you will be entered into a drawing for one of six, $100 gift cards for a grocer right here in Cottage Grove. The survey must be completed by November 15, 2021. Be sure to provide an email and physical address in the space provided, and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and help us move Cottage Grove forward!
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.
If you have a 'Home Holiday Light Display' that you'd like to share with the community, register your address to be placed on the Cottage Grove Holiday Lights Tour Map.