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State Aid Variances

State Aid Variances

CSAH 41 (200th Ave.) in Martin County

Phalen Boulevard in St. Paul

A Variance request is required when a local agency has determined that a variance from Minnesota Rules 8820 for State Aid Operations Rules is necessary and justified. The agency shall submit a written request, meeting requirements in Minnesota Rules 8820.3300 to MnDOT. Once a completed a variance request is received, a duly appointed Variance Advisory Committee will be convene to investigate the variance request and provide a recommendation.

Variance submittal

Your District State Aid Engineer (DSAE) should be your first contact on any variance requests being considered.

To submit a variance request, the local agency must complete and submit the Design Element Variance Justification Checklist (Word) along with required attachments to their DSAE and Central Office - Mao Yang

  • Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • Thursday, June 4, 2020
  • Thursday, September 3, 2020
  • Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Variance Committee

Variance requests are reviewed by a five-member Variance Advisory Committee made up of city council persons, county board members, city engineers, and county engineers. The Committee meets quarterly to consider requests and recommend to the Commissioner either approval or denial.

The Variance Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet:

  • Thursday, March 26, 2020
    • On-Line WebEx Meeting
      Members of the public, if any, has interest in the meeting may attend by going to the Shoreview Training Center or joining on-line through WebEx. Please note that there has been virtually no interest from the public in previous meetings so space will permit the recommended six feet space for social distancing. However, due to the COVID-19 concern with community spread we encourage members of the public to join by WebEx. Contact Mao Yang at
      mao.yang@state.mn.us if you would like on-line access to join.
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020
  • Thursday, September 24, 2020
  • Thursday, December 17, 2020