Rulemaking by the DNR


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 by the statutory authority for such rules. The agency must maintain a current, public rulemaking docket containing a list of each possible proposed rule currently under active consideration and each pending rulemaking proceeding.

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 has a general rules coordinator and each rulemaking project also has a agency contact person (lead staff).

Commissioner’s orders are authorized case-by-case in statute and specifically exempted from rulemaking procedures. See the Commissioner's Orders page.