Water permitting and reporting system (MPARS)

MNDNR Permitting and Reporting System

Due to the ongoing drought and related technical analysis needed for well interferences, water appropriation, pre-construction well assessments and other permit review times may be longer than normal. We appreciate your patience.

MPARS is an online system for water use reporting, permit applications, permit change requests, and well construction preliminary assessment requests. MPARS is designed to benefit DNR's permit holders and applicants with a simple, convenient and easy-to-use system.

MPARS MNDNR Permitting and Reporting SystemMPARS supports six permit types:

  • Aeration - New
  • Aquatic Plant Management
  • Dam Safety
  • Invasive Aquatic Plant Management
  • Public Waters Work
  • Water Appropriation
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The online system is customer-service focused. Our goal is for permit applicants, permit holders and the public to be able to easily navigate the system. Customer-friendly features include:

  • Convenient access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • User-friendly online permit application process
  • Information-saving features allow you to start an application, save the information you have entered and finish the application at a later time
  • Water use reporting feature automatically calculates total volumes and fees owed
  • Ability to upload necessary documentation (e.g. site maps, driving directions, design specifications, justification statements, and landowner signatures)
  • Application fees are calculated after application review
  • Apply for a new permit
  • Request a change (amend, transfer, terminate) to an existing permit
  • Renew previously issued APM and IAPM permits
  • Secure banking system allows payment online; no more check writing and looking for a stamp to mail in payments!
  • Single starting point for joint application process when DNR, Board of Water and Soil Resources and U.S. Army Corp of Engineer permits are needed
  • Easy interface to ask DNR staff questions

Benefits to the Public

  • Increased transparency of the permit application process - permit applicants may always login to the MPARS system to see what stage their application is at in the process
  • Improved access to permit files - all permit records will be maintained online, allowing permit holders to access their permit file at any time
  • Better tracking of payments through a secure online method for payment
  • Reduced data entry errors as the public will enter their own water use data and double-check its accuracy

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