Shoreland Management Program

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Shoreland Property Owner Information

Shoreland standards influence what landowners can do with their property. Review commonly asked questions from landowners. Review frequently asked questions »

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Regulations and Administration

Local governments administer shoreland regulations through ordinances. Information is available on the shoreland model ordinance, review and approval process, variances, and more. Learn more »

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Classifications for Lakes and Rivers

Waterbodies in Minnesota are classified based on size and sensitvity to development. Minimum setbacks and lots sizes differ depending on classifications. Learn more »

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Program History and Purpose

Shoreland management in Minnesota dates back to 1969. Explore the history and why it's important for protecting our lakes and rivers. Explore shoreland management history »