License Minnesota

Permit to Mine - Peat

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 -1525 3rd Ave. E., Hibbing, MN 55766
(218) 231-8484 | (218) 262-7328


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Minn. Stats. 93.481




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

Contact DNR for details.


There's an application fee of $5,000 for a peat operation.

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 require for peat mining operations that are planned to exceed 40 acres in size, or that have the potential for significant environmental effects.

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