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Police Department FAQs
Below are some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) presented to the Police Staff.
What is the juvenile curfew ordinance?
It is unlawful for any juvenile age 17 years and under to be present in any public place within Dakota County between the hours listed below. If you have any questions regarding the curfew ordinance and the possible exceptions, please contact the Farmington Police Department or the Dakota County Attorney's Office.
What are my dog ownership responsibilities?
Dog Licenses are required
If a ticket is issued for an unlicensed dog, there is an enforcement fee of $25.00 in addition to the regular license. Dogs are required to be leashed or confined. Dogs running at large are subject to ticket and impoundment.
Keep Dogs on a Leash
Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times when not on the owner's property. Dogs cannot run unrestrained anywhere in the community except on the owner's private property or someone else's private property with permission. Even well behaved dogs should be on a leash no longer than six feet.
There are several dog parks in the metro area. Visit www.dogromp.org
Disposal of Dog Waste
Dog Bites and Dangerous Dogs
A dog declared Dangerous is required to meet a number of very strict requirements including confinement, insurance and signage. For more complete information contact the Police Department at 651-280-6700.
Do you provide fingerprinting services?
The police department provides fingerprinting services during normal business hours based upon officer availability. The service is provided at no cost to City of Farmington residents, and for a fee of $20 for non-residents.
What are the lobby hours?
The police reception desk is open between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, excluding holidays. A lobby phone is available that may be used to contact the Communications Center (dispatcher) to request police assistance after normal business hours, on weekends and during holidays.
When should I call 911?
You should call 911 for any request for police response. In Dakota County, 911 is no longer reserved exclusively for emergencies. For administrative requests, call 651-280-6700 during normal business hours.
Who should I contact about vandalism in city parks?
Each year, damage costs taxpayers thousands of dollars in materials and labor.
I was Involved in an accident. How do I get a copy of the report?
If you were involved in an accident in the City of Farmington and the Farmington Police Department was called to the scene, an officer may have completed a State Accident Report if the accident met certain guidelines. This report is usually available within two business days, but it is a good idea to call our office at 651-280-6700 before coming in.
In addition, Minnesota Law requires that anyone involved in an accident which cause injuries to any person or damage in excess of $1000 to any vehicle, complete an accident report and submit it to the state. This is in addition to any report an officer may have completed. The report form can be picked up at the Farmington Police Department, or you can complete the report online at www.mndriveinfo.org
Are fireworks allowed in Farmington?
The only fireworks that are legal in the State of Minnesota are non-explosive and non-aerial (such as sparklers, cones, and tubes that sparkle, snakes, and party poppers). Any fireworks that explode leave the ground, or shoot anything other than sparks into the air are illegal. You must be 18 years old to purchase fireworks and fireworks are not permitted on public property.
I would like to purchase a handgun; how do I get a permit to purchase one?
The application for a permit to purchase a handgun may be obtained at the Police Department, or downloaded. Keep in mind that each applicant must turn their application in personally and produce their driver’s license showing a valid City of Farmington address. Please make sure that you live within the City and don’t simply have a Farmington mailing address before applying. Applications take up to a week to process and there is no charge for a permit to purchase.
If you would like to apply for a permit to carry a handgun, download the application and bring the completed form to the Dakota County Sheriff's Department (1580 W. Hwy. 55 in Hastings).
Visit the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's website for information regarding the Permit to Carry.
How do I find information about city codes, ordinances, and policies?
The Farmington City Code is a huge compilation of laws (ordinances), and policies that have been adopted since 1872, when the City was incorporated. The City provides web access to the City Code Book, which is continually updated to reflect current City Council policies. The most recent ordinances are listed in the "pending" link before they are incorporated into the final copy. Before undertaking any action based on the specific content of this site, check with City Hall at 651-280-6800 for the most current information.
Where can I hunt in Farmington?
The City of Farmington's City Ordinances prohibit the discharge of firearms within 1,000' of the City's urban service area. The areas marked in blue on the hunting areas map fall within those parameters.
Where can I dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications?
Over-the-counter medications and prescriptions can pollute our waters and be harmful to humans, fish, and other wildlife when disposed of improperly – please do not flush medications down the toilet or place in the trash.
If you have questions regarding disposal after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, please call the Dakota Communications Center at 952-322-2323 or 651-322-2323.
The items below are NOT accepted
These items are accepted for free, environmentally safe disposal at:
Farmington Police Department.