Aggregate Leasing

Division of Lands & Minerals


Common Steps for a Proposer Seeking a State Earth Materials Lease (sand and gravel)

First Step

Proposer contacts the DNR

Discuss project needs such as location, timeline, aggregate type, and volume.
Corrie Floyd
Corrie.Floyd@state.mn.us
Telephone: (651) 259-5958


Second Step

Proposer requests information on specific parcels or target areas

Work with DNR to identify prospective sites or target areas. DNR will confirm ownership records and screen prospective sites for potential hindrances.


Third Step

Proposer investigates prospective sites

Obtain DNR Temporary Use Permit to investigate and sample prospective deposits in the field. DNR geologist observes investigation activities and collects maps and testing results for State database.


Fourth Step

Proposer identifies candidate lease site(s) and requests State Earth Materials Lease

Report investigation results to the DNR and request a lease. Work with DNR to negotiate the lease boundary, mining strategies, and reclamation plans. DNR establishes royalty rates based on resource quality and royalty rate sheet. DNR adds site-specific terms and conditions in to lease.


Fifth Step

DNR review and lease preparation (30-90 days)

DNR Regional Management Team reviews environmental, cultural and ecological factors. Legal and financial documents are prepared and draft lease is mailed to Proposer for review.


Sixth Step

Proposer reviews and signs State Earth Materials Lease document

Review, sign, and return lease to DNR with proof of insurance and required payments. Upon receipt, the DNR signs and returns an official copy and Proposer becomes a state Lessee. A typical lease term is 2-3 years.


Seventh Step

Lessee and DNR develops and implements the site management plan

Coordinate with DNR to develop site management plans and review upcoming plans on-site. During implementation, DNR inspects environmental protection measures, conducts royalty audits, and assists with mine and reclamation planning.



If you would like to learn more about DNR construction aggregate leasing opportunities, please contact:
Corrie Floyd, Industrial Minerals Specialist
Corrie.Floyd@state.mn.us

Division of Lands and Minerals
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4045
Tel: 651.259.5958

Disclaimer: The DNR does not operate a retail business to sell stone products or construction aggregates. However, if you have a question regarding a request to purchase commercial quantities of materials from our lessees, we will provide contact information to you for our lessees. Please send an email inquiry to Corrie Floyd.