DNR Water Permits
Do I need a permit?
- Check the Do I need a permit? page to learn about permitting requirements for water-related projects.
Water-related permit contact information
- Projects that 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. Check the county-by-county listing to find the agency contacts in your area.
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.
Water appropriations permits
- A water use permit is required for all water users in Minnesota withdrawing more than 10,000 gallons of water per day or 1 million gallons per year from surface or groundwater.
- More information about water appropriations permits
- Water appropriations permit application forms
Infested waters diversion or transportation permits
Public waters work permits
- Projects constructed below the ordinary high water (OHWL) level, which alter the course, current, or cross section of public waters or public waters wetlands, may require a public waters work permit. Such projects may also require an aquatic plant management control permit or a fishery related permit.
- More information about public waters work permits
- Public waters work permit applications
- General Permit 2008-0401, Temporary Authorization of Dock Platforms (January 2008)
- General Permit 2001-1172, Reissued for repair of flood damages
Dam safety permits
- Dam safety permit guidelines (construction, alteration, repair, or removal of dams)
- Dam safety forms (use Public Waters Work Permit forms)
Aquatic plant management control permits
A permit may be required for removal of aquatic plants, algae, swimmer's itch or leaches. If you believe that the growth of aquatic plants near your shoreline creates a nuisance, and are uncertain if your project will require a permit, use this flowchart to help pinpoint the steps necessary to identify appropriate control options. If you are already certain that your project will require a permit see the application instructions and application form below:
Fishery related permits
- Fishery related permits are required for several types of fish removal and transport as well as to operate lake aeration systems.
Lake aeration permits
- Information regarding permits to operate lake aeration systems can be found on the Lake Aeration Program page.
- Minnesota DNR Permitting and Reporting System (MPARS), an online system for Water Appropriation Permits and Public Waters Works Permits.