Rulemaking by the DNR

Active permanent rulemaking projects

Recently completed permanent rulemaking projects

Temporary rules for game and fish and other natural resources

The DNR makes temporary rules and temporary adjustments to permanent rules for game, fish and general natural resource protection using an expedited emergency rulemaking procedure under the statutory authority in Minnesota Statutes, section 84.027, subd. 13 (b) and (g). Expedited emergency rules are formally published in the Minnesota State Register webpage, but are not posted with the permanent rules on the Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes' Administrative Rules webpage.

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Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate please contact the DNR rules coordinator listed above or the staff contact listed in the public rulemaking docket or on the specific rule project webpage.

About DNR rulemaking

The legislature delegates authority to state agencies to make rules necessary to carry out the purpose of statutorily assigned duties. Rulemaking in Minnesota follows procedures outlined in the Minnesota Administrative Procedure Act (APA), Minnesota Statutes, chapter 14. Rules may be adopted through faster exempt or expedited processes if allowed under statute. The agency must maintain a current, public rulemaking docket containing a list of pending rulemaking proceedings and each possible proposed rule currently under active consideration.

DNR Rules Coordinator

Beth Carlson
Office of Policy and Planning
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4010
[email protected]

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a department rules coordinator, and each rulemaking project has a division contact person (lead staff).

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