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Minnesota Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-MN)

In Minnesota, a bulk transmission developer must obtain a Utility Crossing Licensing from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to construct transmission lines across state land. A developer may also need to obtain a Utility Accommodation Permit from the Minnesota Department of Transportation in order to construct utility lines in a state highway right-of-way.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Minnesota Federal

State Land Right-of-Way: Any person may need a State Land Lease or Land Easement to access state land or water. Utilities may need also need a Utility Crossing License before crossing over, under or across state lands or waters. Utilities are defined as “lines, cables, and conduits for…electric power…” Minn. Stat. § 84.415 and Minn. Admin. Rules § 6135.
State Land Right-of-Way Agency: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
State Highway Right-of-Way: Any person may need a Utility Accommodation Permit to construct electric transmission lines across or along any trunk highway. Minn. Stat. § 161
State Highway Right-of-Way Agency: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Eminent Domain: Utilities have eminent domain power, when necessary, to take private property for the construction of a route for a high-voltage transmission line with the capacity of 200 kilovolts or more. Minn. Stat. § 216E.12.