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 Rule:

Purpose. The District intends to prevent erosion and sedimentation into surface waters within the watershed by regulating land disturbing activities. The District requires that erosion control measures be in place for all land disturbing activities above specific thresholds. The erosion control measures must minimize erosion and sedimentation to the greatest extent practicable.


Compliance with Erosion Control Requirements of Other Regulatory Entities. The District has adopted the erosion control provisions of all regulatory entities within the District boundary, including the cities and counties. Where erosion control regulations from another regulatory entity exist, a District permit is not required under this provision. Rather, owners or operators are required to submit a


Notice of Intent to the District for projects that require compliance with another entity’s erosion control regulations.
Notice of Intent. A District Notice of Intent must be submitted to the District a minimum of seven (7) days prior to the commencement of construction activities. District staff may request a copy of any erosion control plans at their discretion.


Permit and Plan Required for Land Disturbing Activity Where No Erosion Control Regulations Apply. A District permit is required for any person or political subdivision undertaking a land disturbing activity that is greater than 300 square feet within 300 feet of the ordinary high-water mark or a stormwater conveyance system (curb and gutter), IF the activity occurs in an area in which no other Erosion Control regulations apply.


Agricultural Exemption. The ordinary agricultural practices of cultivating and planting, or activities required as part of an agricultural conservation program, performed as part of an ongoing farming operation, are exempt from this Section.


Standards. For activities taking place in an area in which no Erosion Control regulations apply, and which meet the conditions outlined in above, an erosion and sediment control plan must be submitted and approved before a permit may be issued. The plan must minimize erosion and sedimentation to the greatest extent practicable.


The plan must include the following standards:
a. The project must be phased to the greatest extent possible to minimize the area of disturbed land at any given time;
b. Site specific topography and soil conditions must be specifically addressed; and
c. BMPs must be utilized in a manner consistent with MPCA guidance documents such as the Minnesota Stormwater Manual as amended.

    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 Rule: 

Subd. 1. Purpose. The District intends to manage stormwater runoff within the watershed to protect surface water and groundwater resources, promote infiltration, encourage pretreatment, and minimize peak flows after storm events.


Subd. 2. A District permit is required if an NPDES/SDS permit for construction activity is triggered. The owners or operators are required to submit a Notice of Intent to the District for projects that require permitting under the MPCA’s NPDES/SDS program, a link to which is available on the District’s website (www.mfcrow.org).


Subd. 3. Notice of Intent. A Notice of Intent form must be submitted to the District a minimum of seven (7) days prior to the commencement of construction activities. District staff may request a copy of the stormwater pollution protection plan (SWPPP – required under the NPDES/SDS general permit) and/or demonstration of compliance with the NPDES/SDS general permit (including design specifications, performance goals, credit calculations, , and other pertinent information) at their discretion.

*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


     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.