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Permit Applications

NOTE: MCWD now accepting and processing permit applications online

MCWD is pleased to announce a new online permitting portal that makes it easier for applicants to apply for, track, modify, and pay for permit in a comprehensive and intuitive online digital format.  

Visit MCWD's online permitting system

Learn more about how to use MCWD's online permit system here

MCWD will continue to accept paper and PDF applications until June 18, 2021, to ensure a smooth transition for applicants and partners.  After June 18, 2021, paper and PDF applications will no longer be accepted. 

Contact Permitting Staff with any questions at or 952-641-4532.


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

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

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: