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Posted on: March 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Jackson County Service Availability (COVID-19)

COVID Alert for Jackson County

Jackson County Service Availability (COVID-19)

Download Printable (PDF) Version of Frequently Used Jackson County Services/Offices (PDF - updated 4/6/2020)
For More COVID-19 Related County Service Information

(UPDATED 4/6/2020 - to be updated again on 4/20/2020)

Please be aware that most of our offices are closed to the public, those open are doing so for the purpose of providing NECESSARY SERVICES ONLY. Therefore, to reduce the risk of anyone (employees/public) from transmitting COVID-19, we are asking that you contact departments via phone before visiting to determine if and how your business can be done over the phone or online.  In addition, depending on traffic flow and new information regarding COVID-19, some offices hours/available services could change before updated information is posted.

 Animal Shelter – 228-497-6350 – Closed to public

  • Adoptions will be done via APPOINTMENT ONLY – Mon., Wed., Fri. afternoons, call between 10a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Adoptable Pets Can be Viewed Online:
  • Adoptable Pets will also be featured on the “Jackson County Animal Shelter” Facebook page
  • No Owner Surrenders Accepted, Intake is restricted to bite cases and aggressive animal calls only

Chancery Offices (Chancery Court, Land Records, Archives) – See numbers below

  • Passport Services are Temporarily Suspended
  • Chancery Court – 228-769-3124
  • New court filings should be mailed or dropped in basket in lobby of Courthouse
  • Attorneys may file electronically through MEC
  • Land Records/Delinquent “Back” Taxes – 228-769-3131 or 228-769-3028, call ahead
  • Utilize drop-box under County Services Building or basket at Land Records door when possible

Circuit Clerk – 228-769-3040 – Office closed to public

  • Call ahead or visit info table in Courthouse lobby
  • Marriage Licenses: Issued by appointment only and only for residents of MS
  • Abstractors: Call to make an appointment
  • Voter Registration: Visit Secretary of State’s Website ( and click “Y’all Vote” to 
  • Print Voter Registration Form OR Update voter registration (ie. if you moved/married)

Planning Department – 228-769-3056 (Pascagoula) or 228-818-1890 (Ocean Springs), Offices Closed to public

  • Visit website for all applications, forms, contact information, and portal (to submit forms)
  • In-person meetings will be handled by Appointment Only
  • Contact numbers for specific divisions: or posted contact flyer


Tax Assessor’s Office – 228-769-3070 (Pascagoula) – Offices are closed to the public

  • Information Table is outside Pascagoula office regarding/including Homestead Exemption Applications
  • All other services should be handled by phone, email, or website

Tax Collector’s Office – 228-769-3074 (Pascagoula) - Offices are closed to the public

  • Call between 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • New Vehicle Registration and Mobile Home Registration – On hold until office reopens
  • Penalty fees will be waived for payment due between April 6 and when office reopens 
  • Renewals and Current Property Tax Payments should be processed/paid:
  • Online, via phone or mail or dropbox (in Pascagoula)

Landfill and Roadside Rubbish Pick-up – 228-872-8340 - Office closed to public


  • All County Athletic Facilities – Email: or call 228-826-5330
    Including playgrounds, parks, and bathrooms
  • Whispering Pines Golf Course and Clubhouse – Email: or call 228-588-6111
  • Civic Center, Fairgrounds, and other County operated Community Centers – Call 228-762-6043
    or visit website for specific facility –
  • Jackson-George Regional Library System –
  • Beaches closed as of 4/3/2020 @ 5p.m. until further notice
  • Boat Launches are open – social distancing guidelines must be followed



If you have a case pending and have an attorney, contact your attorney for updates regarding changes to court dates. Otherwise, please contact the relevant court if you have not already been contacted.

  • Chancery Court – 228-769-3453
  • Circuit Court – 288-769-3040
  • County Court – 228-769-3037
  • Justice – 228-769-3080*
  • Youth Court – 228-769-3076*

* Orders and forms are posted online


These offices are still providing services, however their buildings/offices are not open to the public, contact as noted

  • Adult Detention Center – No visitors allowed at this time, 228-769-3052
  • Board of Supervisors – District 1 (228-769-3403), District 2 (228-769-3170), District 3 (228-762-7641), District 4 (228-769-3457), District 5 (228-769-3378)
  • Civic Action – Centers closed, Visit  for service updates
  • Department of Human Services – TANF Work Program and SNAP Employment & Training Applicants
  • Lobbies (Jefferson Street) are closed to public (see MDHS flyer additional service details)
  • Applications may be submitted online at
  • Support Documents (requested by case workers) – email to
  • District Attorney – Offices are closed to public, Contact by Phone 228-769-3045
  • E-911 – Offices closed to public, Phone 228-769-3240, Text 228-990-0130 Email George_Sholl@co.jackson.msus
  • Extension Services – Offices are closed to public, Contact by Email
  • Human Resources – Offices are closed to public, Contact by Phone 228-769-3380 or via email
  • Road Departments – Offices are closed to public, Contact by Phone Only
  • Sheriff’s Department – Lobbies are closed to public (main and substations)
  • No pre-employment fingerprinting for now
  • To obtain a copy of a report – 228-769-3065
  • To report a crime or file a report – 228-769-3063
  • No Pre-Employment Fingerprinting until further notice
  • Solid Waste – Office is closed to public, Contact by phone 228-872-8340 (Service details outlined above)
  • Veterans Affairs – Office is closed to public, Contact by phone 228-769-3075

Posted 3/19/2020

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors, along with the Office of Emergency Services, and County Administrator office, continue to work closely with other cities, counties, and health related agencies within the County and State to make the best decisions regarding necessary precautions and future actions based on current information.

It is extremely important that everyone follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the MS Department of Health to reduce the chances of transmitting the virus.

Beginning Thursday, March 19, the County began operating with limited staffing by utilizing flexible schedules in an effort to minimize the interaction and risk of transmitting COVID -19 between employees and members of the public. Specific schedules for the most frequently used County Departments can be viewed by opening the above link. Most of our offices, including those not listed, are only being handled via phone or email so individuals are encouraged to call the office they are trying to reach before going in person as many services can be handled online or over the phone.  In addition, available in-person services may, and will most likely, change as we receive more information about COVID-19.

We are continuing to take steps to keep our facilities clean and limit person-to-person contact as much as possible in an effort to keep everyone safe. 

  • Door handles, railings, work stations, public counters, and bathrooms are being sanitized more frequently
  • Hand sanitizing stations or dispensers are located throughout our facilities
  • County employees are encouraged to stay home if they are sick or have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Posters reminding individuals of proper precautions as well as available services and contact info will be posted at our facilities
  • A COVID-19 Informational Webpage link is posted on our website that will be updated as decisions are made

The County is also asking residents to help us in these efforts by doing the following if you HAVE to come into our offices:

  • If you are sick with any flu like symptoms, please stay home
  • Contact offices by phone before coming in person - limit unnecessary trips to County facilities
  • Residents are strongly discouraged from social gatherings of 10 or more people
  • If something CAN wait until a later date, please avoid visiting one of our facilities in person
  • If your County business can be taken care of via phone, email, or through our website, please utilize those options
  • Minimize the number of individuals from your party who enter our facilities
    – leave children, elderly, and individuals who have compromised immune systems at home
  • Practice social distancing by remaining at least 6’ away from others
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough and continue washing your hands frequently
  • Limit what you touch including counters, door handles, your face, etc.

REMINDER: If you believe you have COVID-19 STAY HOME - or call 228-809-5044 BEFORE going to the hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office for instructions.  This will prevent others who may be in waiting rooms for other issues from being exposed unnecessarily. 


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