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Title: Commercial Mechanical Control Permit
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Description: A commercial mechanical control permit issued by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is required to mechanically remove aquatic plants from public waters for hire.
Subject: Aquatic Plants
Creation Date: 6/21/2011 12:04:00 PM
Modification Date: 7/23/2024 11:45:11 AM
Agency Name: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL:
Agency Description: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the state's natural resources, hunting, fishing, state forests, state parks, lakes, rivers, streams, boating and water safety, trails, snowmobiling, skiing, education, enforcement, wildlife management, lands and minerals.
Agency Phone: 651-296-6157
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Dept. of
500 Lafayette Rd.

St. Paul
MN 55155

Unit Name: Aquatic Plant Management Program
Unit URL:
Unit Description:
Unit Phone: Region 1 651-259-5092
Region 2 218-203-4342
Region 3 651-259-5816 | 320-232-1079
Region 4 507-233-1218
Unit Fax: Contact person(s): Unit URL:
Unit Address:
500 Lafayette Rd., Box 25

St. Paul
MN 55155-4025

Audience: Application URL:
Renewal URL:
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A commercial mechanical control permit is required to mechanically remove aquatic plants from public waters for hire. Complete a commercial mechanical control workshop and exam.
Contact aquatic plant management regional staff to make arrangements for the workshop.

DNR Regional Offices

Aquatic Plant Management (APM) Permitting Staff Contact Info:

Northwest - Region 1
Bemidji Office
2115 Birchmont Beach Road NE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Includes: Becker, Beltrami, Cass (Northern), Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Lake Osakis (Todd), Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin 

Northeast - Region 2
Brainerd Office
1601 Minnesota Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401

Includes: Aitkin (excluding South Big Pine), Carlton, Cass County (Southern Part) Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis

Central - Region 3
St. Paul Office
1200 Warner Road
St. Paul, MN 55106

Includes: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington, Goodhue, Wabasha, Olmsted, Winona, Fillmore, and Houston

Little Falls
16543 Haven Road
Little Falls, MN 56345

Includes: Benton, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine (plus South Big Pine), Mille Lacs (including Mille Lacs Lake), Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns (excluding Lakes Koronis and Rice), Todd (excluding Lake Osakis), and Wright Counties (excluding Lake Francis)

Southwest - Region 4
New Ulm Office
221371 State Highway 15
New Ulm, MN 56073

Includes: Lakes Koronis and Rice in Stearns County and Lake Francis in Wright County, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Mower, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Rice, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Steele, Swift, Waseca, Watonwan, Yellow Medicine 

Rules: 6280


You may apply for an aquatic plant management permit MPARS -MNDNR Permitting and Reporting System

If you are unable to apply for aquatic plant management permit online contact your Aquatic Plant Management Permitting Staff for a paper application for permit.


No fee.

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