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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 variance request is received, a duly appointed Variance Advisory Committee will be convened 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, September 2, 2021
  • Thursday, November 18, 2021
  • Thursday, March 3, 2022
  • Thursday, June 2, 2022

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 provides recommendations to the Commissioner for either approval or denial.

The Variance Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet:

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021
  • Thursday, December 16, 2021
  • Thursday, March 24, 2022
  • Thursday, June 23, 2022

Online Teams Meeting
Members of the public, if any, has interest in the meeting may attend by joining on-line through Microsoft Teams. Contact Mao Yang at
mao.yang@state.mn.us if you would like online access to join online.