News advisory: Hennepin County Government Center building and plaza rules

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Hennepin County Minnesota


Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

Government Center building and plaza rules

Hennepin County buildings are public spaces. Established rules keep our employees and visitors safe, and ensure that business runs smoothly.

Unless otherwise noted, these activities are not allowed on Hennepin County Government property:

  • Conduct that violates Minneapolis city ordinance or state law
  • Littering, smoking, use of alcohol or other controlled substances, camping or sleeping
  • Tents, tarps, tables or any other structures
  • Affixing, draping or holding posters, banners or any visual props on or over permanent structures
  • Entering county fountains or pools
  • Generators, portable toilets, motor vehicles or trailers
  • Storing personal property, items, or possessions, or leaving these unattended
  • Gas, propane and charcoal grills; other open-flame devices; fires; and flammable and explosive fuel
  • Defacing any county-owned property, including but not limited to writing or drawing with chalk or other materials
  • Public art — defined as work in any media that is planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the public domain, with the specific intention of being accessible to all — unless it is placed exclusively through the Facility Services and Communications departments 
  • Interfering with county business, employees, clients or visitors, or obstructing the free flow of traffic in any way, which may include but is not limited to generating noise, intimidating behavior or offensive posters or slogans
  • Any and all other conduct, equipment or materials that are hazardous to public safety or results in, or could result in, damage to county property
  • Per Minnesota Supreme Court ruling, photography in any courtroom or area where courtrooms are located without permission from the court

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