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Dodge County Seat
Mantorville, Minnesota 55955  
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Environmental Services

The Environmental Services Department provides services for the protection of public health and the environment. These services include waste disposal, recycling, composting, hazardous waste treatment, and water testing. The Environmental Department, together with the Zoning Office, enforces regulations including septic systems, storm water management, shoreland use, wetland conservation, and solid waste disposal.

The Zoning Office is responsible for regulating land use through administration and enforcement of the Dodge County Zoning Ordinance, Dodge County Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Ordinance, and the Dodge County Comprehensive Land Use Plan.  The office is also responsible for feedlot assistance through a jointly funded Feedlot Technician position at the Dodge SWCD.  

Zoning duties include, but are not limited to, receiving and reviewing land use applications, including Zoning Permits, Conditional Use Permits, Interim Use Permits, Variance requests, Amendment requests and Appeals.  Staff also receive and review septic permits, perform soil verifications and inpsections of new sewage treatment systems.  In addition, zoning staff provide regulatory information and education on special areas such as floodplains, shorelands and wetlands.   The office also investigates land use complaints and violations and pursues compliance with zoning regulations, septic regulations and permit conditions.     

The Environmental and Zoning Offices have combined to provide customers a one stop location for services related to land use and the environment. 


THE SELF SERVE DEPOT IS NOW OPEN...for Dodge County Residents that do not have easy access to a waste hauler or those who are still burning their garbage in a burn barrel.

BIN PAK  - Please print and fill out the Agreement
  - Read the Rules of Use
  - Take the signed agreement to the Dodge County Transfer Station Office.

  - Staff will assign each account a PIN number that will allow access thru the walk in door of the building.
  - Only bagged garbage can go in this compactor.
  - You must purchase a minimum of 5 green bags for $17.50 that have to be used in the Depot. (All prices subject to change)
  - No other bags are allowed in the Depot - violators will lose their access. 
  - Staff will explain how the facility and the BinPak compactor work so plan for a few minutes when signing up. 
  - The Depot is accessible by PIN code 24 hrs a day/7 days a week. 

Waste-to-Energy Service Fee Increase effective May 1, 2017. See Fact Sheet

2018-2019 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE for Dodge County Transfer Station/Recycling Center

Dodge County now Quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer

To learn more, read the following: EAB News Release

Like us on Facebook and stay up to date with the Dodge County Environmental Services Department. 

Have you tested your home for Radon? Free radon kits are available at Dodge County Environmental Services- 2nd floor of the Government Services Building. We just received our shipment of kits so come on in and see us.  

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Click on the links below for more information on the
Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment.

To view Dodge County stories click below:
Septics - 2010- 2011- 2012 - 2013
Water Quality

2012 NRBG Reports - Feedlot  LWM  SSTS  Shoreland  WCA
2013 NRBG Reports - Feedlot  LWM  SSTS  Shoreland  WCA
2014 NRBG Reports - Feedlot  LWM  SSTS  Shorelend  WCA 
2015 NRBG Reports - Feedlot  LWM  SSTS   SSTS Incentive  Shoreland  WCA
2016 NRBG Reports - LWM  SSTS  SSTS Upgrade  SSTS Incentive  Shoreland WCA
2017 NRBG Reports - LWM  SSTS  SSTS Incentive  SSTS Upgrade  SSTS Upgrade #2  Shoreland  WCA

"2017 Dodge County Water Monitoring Update" Powerpoint presentation.

GRANT FUNDING may be available for failing septic systems. See Septic Systems page for details and application.  

 STAFF  507-635-6272 Zoning
 507-635-6273  Env. Services

Mark Gamm
Environmental Services Director

Melissa DeVetter
Zoning Administrator
Dean Schrandt
Water Program Manager
Ken Paulson
Solid Waste Facility Manager

Elizabeth Harbaugh                              SSTS Program Manager

Rita Cole
Assistant Waste Management Administrator
Mary Greening
Assistant Zoning Administrator
Administrative Assistant