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About Us

Dearborn County, located along the Ohio River in Southeastern Indiana, is the third oldest county of the Indiana Territory and thus contains some of Indiana’s earliest and most significant architecture.

The county’s northern boundary is Franklin County, and the eastern is Hamilton County, Ohio. The Ohio River and Laughery Creek form the southern boundary, and the western boundary is Ripley County--the county line being the Greenville Treaty line arranged by General Anthony Wayne in 1795.

Geographically, Dearborn County is a mixture of flatlands in the northwest and rolling hills divided by several creeks forming long valleys throughout the county. The principle waterways are the Whitewater River in the northwest corner of the county, the east and west forks of Tanners Creek, North and South Hogan Creeks, and Laughery Creek.

To learn more about Dearborn County, please browse through the links to the left under "In this Category."

To ask the County a question or send us feedback, please fill out our online form in the Action Center.

Court System

The Dearborn County Court System consists of the following:

For more information, please also see:


Permit Center

Dearborn County has various Permits available for citizens to download. To locate specific permits, please browse through the links below.

Building Permits - Fee schedules, requirements, and more.

Highway Permits - Permits for driveways and more.

Zoning Permits - Location Improvement Permits and more.

Public Safety

Dearborn County is proud to provide citizens with various services related to Public Safety. To learn more, please visit the Departments listed below.

911 Communications - Information on 911 services provided by the County.

Animal Control - View ordinances and more information on animal control in Dearborn County.

Emergency Services - Find GPS Coordinates and more.

Sheriff's Office - Locate information on background checks, accident reports, reporting crimes, and more.



Various County Departments play a role in the property tax collection process. 
To learn more, please visit the following Departments:

Assessor's Office - Real estate and property assessment, inheritance tax, and more.

Auditor's Office - Information on deductions, tax rates, tax sales, and more.

Treasurer's Office - Payment options and more.

Official County News

Welcome to the official news page for Dearborn County, Indiana.  On this page, you can find official news & notices and useful county links.

County Council and Commissioners meeting minutes are available in the Document Center.

Meetings & Minutes

Transparency in Government

Dearborn County Government is committed to providing information to Dearborn County residents. We work to ensure that our government is transparent and that its resources are accessible to all, while at the same time respecting privacy as required by law.

Budgeting and Financial Documents 

Dearborn County budget information is available online via:

Ethics & Hiring Information

Dearborn County is dedicated to maintaining fair, equitable and transparent hiring practices as well as enforcing governmental ethics of county employees. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we encourage applications from eligible and qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability.

Minutes and Agendas

The agendas and minutes for County Commissioners, County Council, and other Boards and Commissions listed on this web site are provided as a service to our citizens. Efforts are made to make agendas (when used) and minutes available as soon as reasonably requested.  When minutes are provided in “draft” form, citizens should not rely on the information to take action until such time as the official minutes are approved in a public meeting.  Questions about minutes and agendas may be directed to the Office of the Dearborn County Auditor at (812) 537-8807.

Open Records/Open Meetings

Dearborn County follows the Indiana Open Door Law. The Open Door Law is designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of governmental bodies in Indiana. The Open Door Law legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted.  Public records requests may be made to the specific department or through the County Auditor.  For your convenience, please complete the following form and submit it to the County Auditor via email, fax, or in person. 

To request a public record or receive information about public meetings, visit the Auditor’s page.

Request for Public Records Form

Information about the Open Door Law is available at the Indiana Office of the Public Access Counselor: http://www.in.gov/pac/  

For a handbook outlining public access guidelines, see the attached publication: http://www.in.gov/pac/files/pac_handbook.pdf

Public Safety Information 

The Dearborn County Sheriff’s web page provides current information on crime, sex and violent offenders, jail information, community programs for public safety, 911 communications, and other important safety links.  

Contact Us

Administration Offices
165 Mary St
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
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  • Phone: (812) 537-1040
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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