License Minnesota

Permit to Mine - Iron Ore and Taconite

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Agency contact information:

Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
500 Lafayette Rd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-6157 | (888) 646-6367 | (651) 296-5484 (TTY) | (800) 657-3929 (TTY)
Lands and Minerals Division
Mineland Reclamation Unit
500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155-4045 | (651) 259-5959
(651) 297-3519 (fax)


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Minn. Stats. 93.481




The applicant must submit Mining and Reclamation Plans covering the life of the mine.

Contact MN Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) for details.


There's an application fee of $25,000 for a taconite mining operation and $10,000 for a scram mining operation.

There is also a supplemental application fee to cover reasonable costs for reviewing the application and preparing the permit to mine.

The commissioner is also authorized to require a bond, security, or other financial assurance to ensure compliance with the requirements of the permit.

Period of Issuance:

Life of the mine.

Length of Determination Process:

See Minnesota Rules.

Other Pertinent Information:

The permit is required for all natural iron ore and taconite mining operations.

Department suggests that a pre-application conference be held to discuss the project and the type of permit information that is required.