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Permit Applications

To see what Rule your project may trigger, see the Activities that Require Permits page.  Please contact the Permitting Department with questions on what projects require a permit.


Download and submit all required materials for the following rules. If a project triggers more than one rule, fill out only one Water Resource Permit Application Form.

Erosion Control Rule


Floodplain Alteration Rule


Wetland Protection 

Note for Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) applicants:

Field reviews for WCA permits are able to be conducted during the spring, summer, and fall, when ground conditions are thawed enough for inspection and vegetation is able to be readily identified. Field reviews are not feasible during winter, due to frost conditions, snow cover, and lack of vegetation. 

In 2020, MCWD will be performing field reviews for WCA applications submitted prior to November 6, 2020. Applications submitted after this date will not receive a field review until the growing season commences in Spring 2021. Applications requiring in-field verification will be extended until the onset of the growing season in Spring 2021 when field reviews are possible.  

If you have any questions, or would like to submit a WCA application, contact wca@minnehahacreek.org

Wetland Protection Rule


Dredging Rule


Waterbody Crossings & Structures Rule


Stormwater Management Rule


Shoreline & Streambank Stabilization Rule


Sandblanket Installation


Variance and Exception Rule

  • The Variance Request Form is required when an applicant is requesting a variance from compliance with a provision of the District's rules where strict compliance would cause an undue hardship
  • The Exception Request Form is required when an applicant is requesting an exception from compliance with a provision of the District's rules where the proposed project will afford greater water resource protection than strict compliance with the rule

Permit Renewal

  • A Permit Renewal Form is required when an applicant is requesting a one year extension for their permit

Please completely fill out the application and submit it along with any supplemental materials to MCWD offices at:

MCWD Regulatory Department
15320 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Applications can also be submitted electronically to permitting@minnehahacreek.org.


Important Note:

Grading and excavating must not begin until the applicant has been noticed that a permit has been issued and required erosion control measures are in place. Working without a permit where required is in violation of MCWD Rules and is a misdemeanor subject to penalty by law.

Learn more about applying for a permit in this video: