There are three ways the St. Louis County Land & Minerals Department provides access across tax forfeited lands.
The first method is the Authorization which allows access for short term needs. The Authorization is generally handled in one visit to the Area Office.
The second method is a lease to provide access which is temporary and renewable.
The third method is an easement used for utilities, public roadways by road authorities, as well as access to private lands.
The easement is permanent and requires approval by the St. Louis County Board and recording of documents in the Office of the County Recorder/Registrar of Titles.
There is a $1000 deposit required with the application which will be applied to the appraisal, administrative and land use fees.
After the Land & Minerals Department receives the application along with the $1000 deposit (if a request for an easement), you will be contacted to set an appointment to make a field examination. During this field examination the Land & Minerals Department staff will work with you and discuss options that may enhance, improve, or alter the request. This will include the selection of a route that is best for the long term management of the tax forfeited lands or possibly even denial of the request. For authorizations and leases the Land & Minerals Department staff will locate the encumbrance during this site visit using a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to the standards set forth. The applicant shall have the responsibility for this location for easements. After the field inspection you will be notified in writing of the final decision. If the decision is an approval, the applicant may then proceed with the use or construction.
By granting an encumbrance, the Land & Minerals Department may also set roadway design and/or construction criteria it deems necessary to protect the resources. Field inspections by Land & Minerals Department staff may occur during the process to ensure that the encumbrance is established in accordance with Land & Minerals Department requirements.
Once all data has been submitted, the Land & Minerals Department will prepare a recordable document that satisfies the requirements of the St Louis County Recorder/Registrar of Titles.
Please read the "Instructions for Applying for Access Across Tax Forfeited Lands" for detailed information on what is required with the application.
For more information or assistance in filling out the application form contact the Land & Minerals Department at:
St. Louis County Land & Minerals Department
325 W 1st Street
Arvig Building, 3rd Floor
Duluth, MN 55802