Information for Property Owners
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is responsible for the administration, planning, construction, maintenance, and safety of the State’s highway system and airports. Each year MnDOT makes efforts to reduce traffic congestion and crashes through the use of the State’s expanded trunk highway, and federal interstate and airport programs. As a result, the State may be required to purchase property owned by individual citizens.
This guide outlines the laws and procedures MnDOT must follow in the land acquisition process. Please review the information carefully to better understand your legal rights as a property owner.
- Guide for Property Owners with Graphics - PDF (296 KB)
- Guia Para Propietarios - en Espanol - PDF (207 KB)
- Guide for Property Owners without Graphics - PDF (73 KB)
Having to move from your residence or place of business can be a significant interruption in your life. The State of Minnesota recognizes the inconvenient and sometimes traumatic nature of being displaced by a public improvement project. We are committed to do our utmost to make the situation as simple, straightforward and trouble-free as possible.
- Relocation Assistance (Updated 9/9/2012) - PDF (712 KB)
- MnDOT Utility Coordination Training
- 2013 Right of Way Professionals Workshop
- Right of Way Map Order Form
- Login or Request Account for RW2 Data Sharing Application (Current partners only)
Search for Maps (R/W, plat and more)
- Right of Way Mapping and Monitoring (Spatial search)
- MnDOT Electronic Document Access (Search by map number, highway, etc.)
- Right of Way Manuals
- Relocation Flow Chart - PDF (1.4 MB)
- I-394 Business Impact Study - PDF (5.3 MB)
- Land Management Org Chart - PDF (21 KB)
- Land Management Phone Directory - PDF (167 KB)
Along the Roadside
- Adopt-A-Highway - Volunteer to pick up litter
- Historic Roadside Structures
- Living Snow Fences - Control of blowing and drifting snow
- Plant Selector - Choices for roadside planting
- Rest Areas
- Signs and Advertising
- Snowmobiling and ATV's (DNR website)
- Scenic Byways
- Workzone Safety
Right of Way refers to a strip of land which is used as a transportation corridor. The land is acquired as an easement or in fee, either by agreement or condemnation. It may also refer to temporary rights needed to construct a transportation facility.
The MnDOT Office of Land Management is responsible for the procedures used, the tracking of and the overall oversight for the right of way acquisition process. For specific details regarding current MnDOT acquisition activities, please contact the regional MnDOT district right of way office listed in the Survey & Land Management Information brochure - PDF (489 KB).