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About DOC Rulemaking

The Minnesota Legislature delegates authority to state agencies to make administrative rules necessary to carry out the purpose of statutorily assigned duties. This process is known as rulemaking. Rulemaking is an important government function that allows state agencies to adopt, amend, or repeal rules. Both a rule and a statute have the force and effect of law. We all must follow both.

Minnesota rulemaking requires agencies to follow procedures under the Minnesota Administrative Procedure Act. Agencies must follow the act’s many procedural requirements while accomplishing two main goals: accountability and transparency.


Rulemaking Areas

DOC manages nine rule chapters, which are overseen by three different units: (1) Inspection and Enforcement, (2) Hearings and Release, and (3) Community Corrections.

Inspection and Enforcement Unit Hearings and Release Unit Community Corrections
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Chapter 2900 - New Corrections Facilities
Chapter 2911 - Adult Detention Facilities
Chapter 2920 - Adult Community-Based Residential Correctional Facilities
Chapter 2945 - Municipal Jail Facilities
Chapter 2955 - Residential Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment
Chapter 2960 - Licensing of DOC & DHS Juvenile Facilities (Umbrella Rule)
Chapter 2965 - Residential Adult Sex Offender Treatment
2940 - Supervised Release 2905 - Community Corrections Act

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DOC Rulemaking Manager

Ian Lewentstein
1450 Energy Park Drive
St. Paul, MN 55108
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Rulemaking Docket

DocketUnder the Administrative Procedure Act, DOC must maintain a public rulemaking docket describing the status of DOC rulemaking activities in progress or under consideration.

Advisory committees

For some rules, DOC has formed advisory committees to help provide expertise and advice. For more information, please see our advisory committee page.

Rulemaking meetings

For past and current rulemaking meetings, events, webinars, and hearings, please see our rulemaking meetings page.


Rulemaking Reports

ReportsUnder the Administrative Procedure Act, state agencies must annually submit two rulemaking reports to the legislature. The legislature and the public use these reports to make agencies accountable for their rulemaking initiatives and to track their progress toward maintaining up-to-date rules.



Obsolete rules
  • This report is due December 1. DOC must report any rules that are obsolete, unnecessary, or duplicative of other state or federal statutes or rules.
  • The current report was submitted December 1, 2023.
  • Previous DOC reports can be found on the website of the Legislative Reference Library.
Rulemaking docket
  • This report is due January 15. DOC must submit its annual rulemaking docket and the official rulemaking record for any rule adopted during the previous calendar year.
  • The current report was submitted January 15, 2024.
  • Previous DOC reports can be found on the website of the Legislative Reference Library.

Rulemaking Resources and Feedback

FeedbackWe welcome your participation in our rulemaking proceedings. Please help us improve our rules and website so we can transform lives for a safer Minnesota.



Rulemaking feedback

Do you have comments or concerns on any current DOC rule or suggestions for improving the rulemaking web page content? Please submit your comments below or email docrulemaking.DOC@state.mn.us.

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Rulemaking resources

Rulemaking is complex, but there are resources to help you understand the rulemaking process and how to participate.

If you want to comment on a rule after it is formally published, you can go to the state’s eComments website. Or you can search old rulemaking proceedings through the Minnesota Rule Status System or the Office of Administrative Hearings’ Archives.

For frequently asked questions on the rulemaking process, see our FAQ page.

Administrative Procedure Act (Statute)     Administrative Procedure Act (Rule)

eComments Site     Minnesota Rule Status Search     Rulemaking Archives

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