Shoreland Development (Minnesota)

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Place Minnesota


Name Shoreland Development (Minnesota)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector Local

Program Administrator Department of Natural Resources
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction Opt-in: Municipalities with shorelands can set complementary or more stringent shoreland management standards than those promulgated by the Department of Natural Resources.

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


This program aims to (1) provide guidance for the wise development of shorelands of public waters and thus preserve and enhance the quality of surface waters; (2) preserve the economic and natural environmental values of shorelands; and (3) provide for the wise use of water and related land resources of the state. For the purpose of these regulations, shorelands are defined as land located within the following distances from the ordinary high water elevation of public waters: (1) 1,000 feet from the normal high watermark of a lake, pond, or flowage; and (2) 300 feet of a river or stream or the landward side of a floodplain delineated by ordinance on the river or stream, whichever is greater. The Department of Natural Resources sets model standards and criteria for shoreland management and allowable development; municipalities can also choose to set complementary or more stringent standards, but these must be submitted to the DNR for review.

Specific regulations can be found on the DNR Shoreland Management Programs website: and in the Minnesota Administrative Rules, chapter 6120.


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Minn. Stat. 103F.201-227

Date Enacted 1990

Authority 2: Minnesota Administrative Rules 6120.2500-3900