Critical Areas Act of 1973 (Minnesota)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Minnesota

Applies to States or Provinces Minnesota
Name Critical Areas Act of 1973 (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 State/Province

Program Administrator Minnesota Environmental Quality Board
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction Designated Critical Areas in Minnesota. A map of the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area can be found here:

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


This Act applies to certain areas of the state with important historic, cultural, or esthetic values, or natural systems with functions of greater than local significance. Plans for a given critical area will be determined by the local government in conjunction with either the regional development commission or the Environmental Quality Board. This Act describes permitting procedures for development activities proposed in critical areas.

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

Authority 1: Minn. Stat. 116G
Date Effective 1975
Date Enacted 1973

Authority 2: Minnesota Administrative Rules 4410.8100-9910
Date Effective 1982