Permit applications and other forms

Projects that use or impact Minnesota's water resources are regulated by a variety of state, local, and federal agencies. In many cases, a permit is required from one or more of these agencies before proceeding with the project.


Approvals

Well Construction Preliminary Assessment

Preliminary approval is required before drilling a well that will be used to withdraw more than 10,000 gallons of water per day or 1 million gallons per year. For more information, see well construction preliminary assessments.

Permits

Public Waters Work Permit Applications

Projects constructed below the ordinary high water level (OHWL) of lakes, wetlands, rivers and streams; which alter the course, current, or cross-section of the water body; may require a DNR Public Waters Work Permit plus other authorizations. See the Do I Need a Permit? section for frequently asked questions about permit requirements.

General Permits for Work in Public Waters

A recent law change requires that applicants seeking authorization under general permits pay a $100 fee for each use of that permit (some exemptions apply). This nominal fee will be used to support permitting and the protection of Minnesota’s water resources.

Water Appropriation Permit Applications

A water use permit is required for all water users in Minnesota withdrawing more than 10,000 gallons of water per day or one million gallons per year. For more information, see Water Use Permits.

General Permits for Water Appropriation

A recent law change requires that applicants seeking authorization under general permits pay a $100 fee for each use of that permit (some exemptions apply). This nominal fee will be used to support permitting and the protection of Minnesota’s water resources.


Bond Forms

Minnesota Statute 103G.311, Subdivision 5, requires those who demand a contested case public hearing on a Commissioner's Order to execute and file a corporate surety bond or equivalent security. Bond forms are available on request or electronically (see below). As an alternative, you may choose to send a cashier's check made payable to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the amount of $500.00 when demanding a hearing. All demands for public hearings should be in writing.


Flood Damage Reduction

The program provides technical and financial assistance to local governmental units for conducting flood damage reduction studies and planning and implementing flood damage reduction measures.