Steele County, North Dakota

Steele County is full of many opportunities. We invite you to come to visit and live in our County. 

Visit our city websites for more information: Both sites now have a community calendar to keep you updated with events happening.

Welcome to Steele County!


Steele County is located between Traill and Griggs counties in Eastern North Dakota. We are centrally located within 75 miles of Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Valley City.

A great place to work and raise a family, Steele County offers a rural lifestyle with an excellent school district, job opportunities, and affordable housing. Although a predominantly agricultural community, we also facilitate economic growth through entrepreneurship. Many incentives are offered to promote growth in the communities and welcome new residents and businesses. Welcome to Steele County!

Steele County
Estimated Tax Statement Information
Press Release August 2018

Click Link: Press Release PDF download


Job Opportunity


Steele County Highway Department in Finley ND has a job opening for a Full-Time Equipment Operator/Mechanic position. We offer paid health, dental, and vision as well as NDPERS retirement benefits. Employees will be expected to operate highway maintenance equipment. Some mechanical experience is preferred. CDL will be required. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, September 28, 2018. Submit an application to: Steele County Highway Department PO Box 291 Finley ND 58230. Applications are available by calling Reed Oien, Steele County Highway Superintendent at 701-789-0536, or click on the link below.  Steele County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Steele County Job Application Link 


Steele County GIS Link

The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services is changing their website. All Fire Declarations, Burn Bans, and the Fire Danger Awareness Index can be found on the ND Response website:

Community Health Needs Assessment

We are working again on collecting data for our Community Health Needs Assessment. This is our second time working together (Sanford Mayville, Sanford Hillsboro, Traill District Health Unit, and Steele County Public Health) collecting this data. It needs to be done every few years. 

This data is very important so we can see where our priority health needs are, and work together to develop a plan to meet these needs. The more surveys we collect the better! Thank you. Contact Brittany Ness for a paper copy of the survey or have questions. 
Office: 701-524-2060

Please click the link below to take the survey:

Property Appraisal Information - Vanguard Update:

Vanguard reps are done with the residential data collection at this time. (December 21, 2017) They will return back in the Spring of 2018 to start on Commercial property data collection and finish up the last few Residential property stragglers. BUT, as of now, they are done with their data collection for a couple months. The basic timeline is as follows:

  • Spring of 2018: Commercial/Industrial/Grain Elevators will have data collectors come out and ask to see the property/tour the property/do data collections


  • Early Fall of 2018: Review teams come out and go over each parcel of property (will review from the road, will not be asking for entry into properties) to do their quality assurance/control


  • Feb 1, 2019: valuations will be available for review for residents, township boards of equalization, etc

Please contact Ben Gates at 701-270-1738 with any questions. 

Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan 2017

Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan - PDF Zipped Link

(Click Image to download full document)


Steele County Building Permit Ordinance Information

The Steele County Commissioners voted to formally adopt the
Steele County Building Permit Ordinance and Regulations February 2017. A copy of the documents can be obtained by contacting any of the Township Clerks/Treas., the Steele County Tax Director’s Office, or download documents by clicking on the pdf links listed below.

Please direct your questions to Steele County Tax Director, Ben Gates.
Office: 701-524-2442.
Click links below to download PDF documents: