Joint Powers

Minnesota cities often look for more effective and efficient ways to deliver services to citizens.

Cities have statutory authority to enter into agreements with virtually any other governmental entity—other cities, counties, towns, special districts, service cooperatives and the state. These agreements can take the form of joint powers entities, service contracts, mutual aid agreements, shared resources and shared personnel. And, while these can be effective ways to conserve a range of resources, these partnerships also can create unique liability issues.

A number of coverages, informational resources, and staff are available to assist members with these agreements.

Background and Overviews

Coordinating Public Safety

Sample Agreement and Model Language

Other Resources

Learn more about Best Practices Review: Cooperative Efforts in Public Service Delivery from the Minnesota Office of the State Auditor.