COVID-19 Related Service and Event Changes


Jackson County Orders State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

In collaboration with officials across the region, Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. has ordered a State of Emergency to mitigate exposure to the COVID-19 outbreak in Jackson County. This action takes the following steps:

  • Prohibit large public gatherings of 10 or more people effectively immediately.
  • Close restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs and movie theaters effective through April 24. Exceptions are delivery, pickup and drive-through service.
  • Close schools, with the support of superintendents from all 14 school districts, through Friday, April 24

Jackson County government will be constantly monitoring the situation in our community, and determining how best to serve the public during this time. Please see information below regarding county services and numbers to contact departments with questions. For the latest updates on COVID-19 in Jackson County, visit the Health Department’s website and social media.

 Jackson County Offices in Downtown Courthouse Closed to the Public Through at Least April 24

Effective March 24, 2020, Jackson County offices in the Jackson County Courthouse at 415 E. 12th Street in Kansas City and the Historic Truman Courthouse at 112 W. Lexington in Independence will be closed to the public for at least 30 days in an effort to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. During this closure, any contact or business that you wish to conduct with the County must be done by phone, electronically (email or fax), or regular mail.

Board of Equalization Hearings Continue by Phone Through March 20

As of March 12, 2020, the Board of Equalization (BOE) began conducting appeal hearings with Hearing Officers by phone rather than in person, and this process will continue until March 20, 2020. Regarding appeals scheduled up to and including this date, a Taxpayer and/or Representative should expect to be contacted within 24-72 hours of their scheduled docket date and time to discuss their case.  All dockets beyond March 20, 2020 are canceled until further notice.

Jackson County Parks + Rec Facilities Closed Through May 15, Events Through May 15

Jackson County Parks + Rec facilities including Blue Springs, Lake Jacomo and Longview Marinas, Fred Arbanas Golf Course, Kemper Outdoor Education Center, Fort Osage National Historic Site and Education Center, Missouri Town 1855, and the registration office are closing to the public effective March 17 through May 15. Meeting spaces, shelter houses, campgrounds, and field rentals are unavailable until after May 15. Parks and trails remain open. All Parks + Rec events, Special Populations programs, softball leagues, workshops and classes are canceled through May 15.

  • Parks + Rec Administration: 816-503-4805 or
  • Jackson County Park Rangers: 816-503-4890 
  • Playgrounds at Jackson County parks and shelter areas will be closed.
  • Marina stores will be closed, but gas sales will be available. 
  • Marina gates will be open for slip holders.
  • Fees for any facilities that have already been booked will be refunded in full.

Jackson County Public Works Facilities and Operations Changes

  • Road & Bridge has suspended walk in services for citizens. All concerns or questions must be called in using the Road & Bridge service number (816) 847-7050.
  • Ketterman Yard Facility has been closed temporarily, until further notice.
  • Building Permits and Plan Review services through Planning and Development will be completed by appointment only. For questions, please contact (816) 881-4649.
  • All construction inspection services will be completed as scheduled, unless determined otherwise by County building inspectors.
  • Cleanup efforts in Tarsney Lakes and Blue Summit have been postponed until further notice.

Jackson County Department of Corrections Changes

  • Volunteer activities are suspended until further notice.
  • In lobby visits are suspended until further notice.

Jackson County County Clerk’s Office Procedural Adjustments

The County Clerk’s Office will be closed to the public until April 24, 2020. Please check our website for updates.


  • If it is necessary to pick up a notary commission before April 24, 2020, you may do so on a limited basis by appointment only. Cost is $5 – cash (exact change) or checks only.
  • To pick up a notary commission at our Independence location, 201 W. Lexington, 2nd Floor, Independence, MO 64050, call and leave a message at 816-881-3246.
  • To pick up a notary commission at our Downtown Courthouse, 415 E. 12th Street, 2nd Floor, Kansas City, MO 64106, call and leave a message at 816-881-1626. Use the Oak Street entrance.

All messages will be checked periodically, and calls will be returned in a timely fashion.


During this time of concern in our community regarding the spread of COVID-19, and with the Court’s administrative orders that are in place, judges are not presently performing wedding ceremonies. Thank you for your understanding.