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Permits and Rules

The rules are a watershed-wide regulatory structure that ensures a consistent level of resource protection across the watershed as required by the Metropolitan Surface Water Management Act. The District developed rules for: floodplain management and drainage alterations, erosion and sediment control, wetland and creek buffers, dredging and sediment removal, shoreline and streambank stabilization, waterbody crossings and structures, appropriation of public surface waters, appropriation of groundwater, and stormwater management. 

These rules are effective as of January 1, 2015 and were adopted to protect the public's health and welfare as well as the natural resources of the District and are enforceable under Minnesota Statute.

Permits are due 30 business days prior to the board meeting.


A - Procedural requirements
B - Floodplain management and drainage alterations
C - Erosion and sediment control
D - Wetland and creek buffers
E - Dredging and sediment removal
F - Shoreline and streambank stabilization
G - Waterbody crossings and structures
H - Appropriation of public surface waters
I - Appropriation of groundwater
J - Stormwater management
K - Variances and exceptions
L - Permit fees
M - Financial assurances

[definitions and acronyms]

Supporting Documents

Rule guidance flow chart

Standard Erosion Control and Aquatic Invasive Species Notes for plan sheets
Final statement of need and reasonableness (SONAR)

Financial assurance schedule
Supporting resolutions
Permit fee schedule (effective Dec 16, 2015)
Letter of credit (template)
Performance bond (template)
Maintenance agreement - government (template)
Maintenance Declaration - private (template)
Escrow agreement (template)

Buffer sign

Atlas 14 nested Distributions

RPBCWD distributions summary

24 hour 2 year
24 hour 10 year
24 hour 100 year
Snowmelt 10 day 100 year

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Apply for a permit

Visit our permit application page to get started. If you need extra help understanding what rules and requirements apply to your project - check out our Permit Application Guide

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Permit Application Deadlines

Please submit complete applications by the following 2018 deadlines to be considered for the following Board Meeting.

Dec 26 for February 7

January 24 for March 7

February 21 for April 4

March 21 for May 2

April 25 for June 6

May 23 for July 4 (this date will be changed due to the holiday, check back in early 2018)

June 19 for August 1

July 24 for the September 5

August 22 for the October 3

Sept 26  for the November 7

Oct 23 for the December 5 

Nov 21 For the January 2, 2018

Permit FAQs

Have questions about the rules?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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