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Title: Pipeline Routing Permit
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Description: Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
Subject: Pipelines
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:16:12 PM
Modification Date: 9/11/2019 1:05:48 PM
Agency Name: Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Minnesota
Agency URL:
Agency Description: The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regulates three service industries in Minnesota, electricity, natural gas, and telephone. It is the commission's responsibility to ensure that vendors of these services provide safe, adequate, and reliable service at fair, reasonable rates.
Agency Phone: 651-296-7124
Agency Fax: 651-297-7073
Agency URL:
Agency Address:
121 7th Place East, Suite 350

St. Paul
MN 55101-2147

Audience: Hold Application URL:
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Pipelines with a nominal diameter of six inches or more designed to transport hazardous liquids and pipelines designed to be operated at pressure of more than 275 pounds per square inch to carry natural gas are required to obtain a Pipeline Routing Permit from the Public Utilities Commission.

See Minn. Stat. Chapter 216G for requirements regarding pipelines equal to or less than 275 pounds per square inch.

Permit Application:

-the name of the applicant
-a description of the proposed pipeline including pipe size, operating pressure, design capacity, and the product to be shipped
-right-of-way requirements
-the preferred route and alternatives considered
-an analysis of the potential human and environmental impacts that may be expected
-a description of restoration activities to mitigate construction impacts
-discussion of alternative routes considered

Permit Process:

~Public notice
~Public Information Meeting
~Contested Case Hearing

An applicant may apply for a partial exemption from the full pipeline routing requirements if the project will not have significant impact on humans or the environment.

All application requirements, procedural information, required fees, and the criteria for the route assessment are listed in Minn. Rules 7852        

Rules: 7852

Statutes: 216G


No specific form. Contact the Minnesota Office of Energy Security, Energy Facilities Permitting Unit. for information regarding what is to be required to be included in the application. See Minn. Rules 7852.2100


The reasonable costs of processing the permit application.

Period of Issuance:


Length of Determination: Partial exemption process is 2-4 months. Full pipeline routing permit must be issued within nine months after acceptance of the application.
Other Info:
Activity: Pipelines
License Detail URL:

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