Before you submit a request, here is a list of available public data. For more information, you're invited to visit our Government Transparency page.
You have the right to request Scott County's data under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.
State law treats government data as public data unless another state or federal law specifies it is not public data. "Government data" is all data collected, created, received, maintained or disseminated by any government entity regardless of its physical form, storage media, or conditions of use.
Briefly, the Act regulates:
- what data can be collected;
- who may see or get copies of the data;
- the classification of specific types of government data;
- the duties of government personnel in administering the Act;
- procedures for access to the data;
- procedures for classifying data as not public;
- civil penalties for violation of the Act; and
- the charging of fees for government data.
Government data is categorized as either data on individuals or data no on individuals. Data on individuals are classified as public, private, or confidential. Data not on individuals are classified as public, nonpublic, or protected nonpublic. This classification system determines how government data are handled.
How to request data
Anyone may exercise the right to access public government data by making a data request. You can request Scott County data using Scott County's Data Request Portal, by contacting Scott County's Responsible Authority or the Scott County Data Privacy Coordinator, or by contacting Scott County directly with your request.
Scott County will respond to data requests using the requester's preferred method to receive the data if that preferred method is reasonable and possible.
Typical methods to receive data include:
- Electronically via the Scott County Data Request Portal
- Pick-up copies in person
- Regular Mail (mailing fees will be charged)
- On-Site Inspection of the Data
The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act determines what a government entity may charge for a data request. Minnesota Statute 13.03 Subd. 3 describes what data costs may be, and fees will be consistent with the standards set forth in the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.
If there is a cost associated with your data request, Scott County will notify you as soon as possible with an estimate of those fees. You will be required to pay any estimated fees prior to Scott County fulfilling your data request.