• Welcome to Clay County

    Welcome to Clay County

    If you are new to the area, just visiting or have lived here forever and are wondering what may be new or exciting... we invite you to head over to www.visitclaymo.com to look through our visitor's guide, check out all there is to see, do and eat! There is something for everyone. Find ideas for romantic getaways, fun things to do with your kiddos or plan a night out with your favorite people. It's all in Clay!

  • Smithville Lake Access

    Smithville Lake Access

    Smithville Lake trails and trailhead restrooms remain open, within the guidelines of the Clay County Public Health Center. Marina slipholders continue to have access to their boat slip and property. Camp Branch Marina will continue to provide boat fueling services, but the bait shop will be closed to the public. Fishing, public docks, boat ramps, boating, parking lots, disc golf and other outdoor activities remain accessible, within the guidelines of the CCPHC. Smithville Lake is waiting for you!

  • One of a Kind...

    One of a Kind...

    Clay County is a premier place to live, work, and play.  We have the thrill of urban development and the comfort of cozy neighborhoods... all surrounded by natural beauty!  At the government level, we strive to supplement our citizens’ experience by doing the core things extraordinarily well.  We deliver safe, smooth roadways outside of city limits; offer a network of parks, recreation, and historic sites; and we are committed to public safety, family-friendly events and public outreach. Our employees are here for you! 

  • Wander Back in Time...

    Wander Back in Time...

    Join us at one of Clay County's many historic sites. Spend an afternoon with Jesse James, go back in time to a one-room schoolhouse or visit the oldest continuously occupied home turned museum in Clay County! You can even plan your wedding at Historic Mt. Gilead Church built in 1833. Plan your adventure back in time... just stop by the Historic Sites and Museums section of our new tourism website then get out there and explore!

The Clay County Public Health Center's emergency orders require facemasks inside all public spaces. Face coverings or masks must be worn over the nose and mouth by all visitors and staff inside any Clay County building. Social distancing rules apply and only the entrance on Water Street will be open. 

Clay County's essential services, including the Assessor and Collector's Office, will still remain available online or by phone. Smithville Lake and Clay County Parks information can be found here.

The Clay County Public Health Center is the primary authority on all COVID-19 related protocols. Visit clayhealth.com or call 816-595-4200 to contact the CCPHC. For information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, please refer to the CCPHC's vaccine FAQ page. For additional information on the current COVID-19 conditions in Clay County, emergency orders, or recovery plans, please visit the CCPHC's COVID-19 page.

Feb 14, 2020, 10:28 AM
Clay County remains committed to its responsibility to the audit as well as its responsibility to holding the Missouri Auditor accountable throughout this process. Read more.
Dec 12, 2019, 4:56 PM
The Assistant County Administrator appeared for her deposition today, but Clay County’s legal counsel learned just before the hearing was to begin that non-attorney staff from the State Auditor’s office would be conducting the questioning. Read more.
Dec 5, 2019, 4:36 PM
Searching for plans this weekend? The City of Liberty, Historic Downtown Liberty, Inc. and Clay County would like to extend an invitation to Hometown Holidays and the Mayor's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, this Saturday, December 7, 2019 on the Historic Downtown Liberty Square. Read more.
Around Clay County
Assessment department closed for in-person service

On behalf of the Clay County Assessor Cathy Rinehart, due to COVID-19, the Assessment Department is closed for in-person service until further notice. 

To pay a Clay County property tax bill, click here.

For contact information and live chat with Assessor Staff, please click here.

For more inquiries, feel free to call the Assessor's Office at (816) 407-3520.

There may be wait times. We thank you for your patience. 

Clay County Offices open to the public with some occupancy restrictions 

In keeping with the Clay County Public Health Center’s COVID-19 updated emergency orders, the Clay County offices are open with 50% capacity guidleines. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There may be wait times during peak hours, please plan ahead and we appreciate your patience with this process. Social distancing rules will apply, masks are required and only the entrances on Franklin and Water Streets will be open. Be sure that you have all of your paperwork and payment information with you and ready so that we can safely and quickly process your request.

The Clay County Annex Building (open 9 am to 5 pm) is located within Kansas city limits and is therefore under the jurisdiction of Kansas City’s new emergency orders. To keep within compliance, face coverings or masks must be worn over the nose and mouth by all visitors and staff inside the Clay County Courthouse Annex. All visitors will be asked to provide contact information. As directed in the order, all information will be kept confidential and utilized only for public health purposes or to address public health concerns. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we implement these procedures.

See Mayor Lucas’ full executive order here.

Stay up to date with Clay County’s guidelines at https://www.claycountymo.gov.

For questions or assistance, you can call the Public Services line at 816-407-3650, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



The Clay County Administration Building is now open to the public for walk-in service, 8 am to 5pm at 50% occupancy limits. Starting 7/20 masks will be required. There may be wait times during peak hours, please plan ahead and we appreciate your patience with this process. The Clay County Annex Building, open 9 am to 5 pm, is located within Kansas city limits and is therefore under the jurisdiction of Kansas City’s new emergency orders, masks are required at this location.

Click here for a complete list of statements and information regarding COVID-19 since March 18, 2020


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For more information and to stay up to date on ​​​​​COVID-19, visit the Clay County Public Health Center website.

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We invite you to come explore all there is to see, do and enjoy! From our rich history to family fun or a unique date night, Clay County offers you so many options. Not sure what to do first? Head over to www.visitclaymo.com to help plan your day.

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Clay County Careers

Positions available for those with experience in maintenance, road work, marinas, law enforcement, landscape horticulture, help desk, airport specialist, customer service, golf technicians and more!

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Visit Our Parks & Historic Sites! 

Our vision is to provide Clay County citizens and all visitors a higher quality of life. We strive to provide our visitors with opportunities to explore every interest, hobby and educational program that we have available. We encourage you to come out and explore our parks, historic sites and participate in our programs throughout the year.