7/27/2020 Permitting During Pandemic

As a government agency with a small staff, the Pelican River Watershed District is doing their best to serve the community during these difficult days.  The office is currently open, but masks are required, and we encourage all permit questions to be handled through phone conversations, emails, or a visit on the site.  We will continue to operate this way until the Governor directs us otherwise.

Permitting materials, photos, plans, questions and comments should may be submitted electronically or mailed to the office.  We would like you to follow the guidelines below.  If electronic means are not available, please call the office  at (218) 846-0436 and we will make accommodations for you.

Please keep in mind the following:

  1. Attach photos of the site along with the site plan to possibly eliminate a site visit.
  2. If a site visit is needed,  “social distancing” guidelines will be followed.
  3. Be sure that the application is complete and signed by the property owner.  A contractor’s signature on the application is NOT acceptable.
  4. Permits can be either mailed to 211 Holmes St. West, Suite 201, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 or emailed to prwdpermit@arvig.net.
  5. Permit fees can be mailed to the address in #4 above.  If you are mailing in a fee, please be sure to let us know via phone call or email so that we can watch for it. 
  6. Until both the application and fee are received, the application is not considered complete and ready to process.

We will work diligently to provide responsive customer service during these trying times. We wish you, your families and your business all the best.

 Pelican River Watershed District Staff


Permit Process

1. Contact the office to discuss your proposed project to determine if a District Permit is required 

       Phone: 218-846-0436; Email: prwdpermit@arvig.net;  or stop at the office located on the second            floor of the Wells Fargo Bank building, 211 Holmes St. West, Suite 201, Detroit Lakes, MN.

2. Schedule a site visit - review your plans, discuss permit requirements and approval process

3. Submit Permit Application, Fee, site plan and other required documents. 

PRWD Permit Application -  Permit application must be signed by the property owner or Authorized Agent.

Note: To sign digitally, please use Adobe Acrobat. A free version is available at https://get.adobe.com/reader/. You will need to download the application document onto your computer and open in Adobe Acrobat to fill, sign, and save document. You may also print the document and send us a filled out copy via mail or email. If any questions as to the process please feel free to contact us.

Authorized Agent Form. Please fill out this form for the owner to give permission to another party to act on the owner's behalf.

Permit Fee Schedule - updated Jan. 2020

Small Site Permit

Permit Site Plan Template

Residential Storm Water Management Checklist

Shore Impact Zone Alteration Checklist

Large Site Permit

For Large Site Stormwater Management Permits must be completed by a licensed engineer or landscape architect.  The below documents will provide guidance for the proper design requirements.

Best Practices for the Design of Storm water Management Systems

Minnesota Storm water Manual


 Escrow Agreement, Letter of Credit, Surety, or Bond

A permit surety may be required of the permit holder or applicant. A surety is a monetary sum (an amount set by the Board of Managers, District staff and/or the District engineer after review of the project application or approved permit) provided by the applicant/permittee to the District to ensure the project is completed as designed and in compliance with District Rules. The District returns the money to the applicant/permittee after all permit conditions are met and the project is complete. If the District requires a surety, the applicant/permittee must provide the District the surety amount in the form of a check made out to the Pelican River Watershed District, or a Performance Bond, or  Letter of Credit.  Form templates can downloaded from below links.

Performance Bond

Escrow Agreement

Letter of Credit

District Policy for Management of Permit Bonds, Letters of Credit, Cash Escrows, and Abandoned Property

Request of Surety Return Form


Additional Permits

Some projects may require additional permits.  Be sure to check with other agencies for their permit requirements before you begin.

Becker County Planning and Zoning
Otter Tail County Planning and Zoning
City of Detroit Lakes
MN DNR - Ecological and Water Resources
MN Pollution Control Agency

And as always, contact Gopher State One Call before you dig!
http://www.gopherstateonecall.org// or 1 (800) 252-1166

If you have any additional questions please Contact Us

Send all permit documentations or questions to:  prwdpermit@arvig.net

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