DNR rulemaking in process: Border waters, fishing contests, designated waters and aquatic management areas.
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
Office of Policy and Planning
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4010
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a department rules coordinator and each rulemaking project has a division contact person (lead staff).
See the page menu at left (or click on page menu button) for additional information.
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.
- Agency review of nonferrous mine siting rule
- Public rulemaking docket
- Sign up for DNR rules notification list
- Suggest a change to a natural resources rule
Request a reasonable accommodation
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.