Construction permits are issued in areas where development runoff can harm water resources in the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District. Answering a few questions can help determine if you need a permit.


EROSION CONTROL Permit:

  • Is your project within 300 ft of a known Ordinary High Water Mark or Curb and Gutter System & does it disturb an area greater than 300 ft2? You need a permit. 

    *This Rule does not apply to ordinary agricultural practices.

    PERMIT FEE:

  • >/= 300ft² of land disturbance within 300ft of Lake, River, Wetland, or Curb and Gutter System: $100.00
  • >/= 20,000ft² of land disturbance within 300ft of Lake, River, Wetland, of Curb and Gutter System: $150.00

For a PDF permit application click here.

Online Erosion control Application


STORMWATER Permit: 

  • Is your project disturbing (i.e. grading, replacement of existing surface, clearing, etc.) greater than one acre? 
  • Are you developing a new resort? Resort is defined as a building or group of buildings located adjacent to any waterbody for purposes of providing convenient access to the waterbody, and held out to the public to be a place where sleeping accommodations are furnished to the public, primarily to those seeking recreation.
  • Are you expanding or replacing an existing structure at an existing resort? Is your project increasing the structure by less than 2,000 ft2 or 200% of the existing size? 
  • Is your project a new Planned Unit Development (PUD)? (i.e., residential development or cluster development).

If you answered YES to any question above, a permit is required from the District.

    *If the site is covered by a stormwater plan which meets District standards the site does not need to obtain a permit.

*This Rule does not apply to ordinary agricultural practices.

    PERMIT FEE:

  • Projects >/= one acre: $850.00
  • Highways, Roads, Streets, Parking Lots, or Public Water Access: $850.00
  • New and Expanded Resorts, feedlots, and Planned Unit Developments: $850.00

For a permit application click here.


DRAINAGE Permit:

  • Are you creating a new or expanded private ditch?
  • Are you creating a new or expanding a draintile system with a diameter greater than 12 inches and drains agricultural land?
  • Are you creating a new or expanding a draintile system with a diameter greater than 6 inches and drains shoreland?

If you answered YES to any question above, a permit is required from the District.     

*This Rule does not apply to municipal or public drainage facilities. This rule also does not apply to the repair or replacement of existing drainage facilities, as long as the repair or replacement is not an expansion.

    PERMIT FEE:

  • New or expanded private ditch: $700.00
  • Agricultural drain tile with diameter >12 inches: $300.00
  • Shoreland drain tile with diameter >6 inches: $300.00

For a permit application click here.


For permit guidelines, requirements, and other resources, click here.

For a permit application click here.

     ADDITIONAL PERMIT FEES:

  • Permit Transfer, Permit Extension: $50.00
  • Changes to approved permit plans: Hourly Rate
  • Violation of Approved Permit*:  Hourly Rate
  • Violation of Rules*: Hourly Rate
  • After the fact permit**: $500.00

     HOURLY RATES:

  • Technical and Inspection Staff $43 / hour
  • Administrative Staff $57 / hour
  • Engineer $160 / hour
  • Attorney $210 / hour

** Applies to companies, groups, or individuals that have obtained previous permits with MFCRWD
* Hours are based on time invested in bringing site into compliance (fee assessed to permit holder)

All permit fees have a $10 “application fee” included in the fee.

Note: Government agencies (Federal, State, Local) are exempt from the above fees. In addition to the permit fees, District Managers may require an applicant for a permit to file a bond with the managers in an amount set by the managers and conditioned on performance by the applicant of authorized activities in conformance with the terms of the permit.