How to apply for a PRWD permit

  1. Download and complete a permit application.  For your convenience our permit applications have been consolidated into one form. You must simply specify what type of permit you are applying for when completing the application.
  2. Create a site plan map. An acceptable site plan must include: identification of all existing features (with dimensions) including buildings, dock access, boathouses, patios, sandblankets, rip-rap, trees, vegetation, steps, paths, etc.  Applicants must also identify all new features with dimensions, and mark the location and dimensions of all site erosion control measures (silt fence, rock access, temporary seeding, etc).


If a Stormwater Management Permit is required for your project, please review the technical memo below which outlines "best practices" for the design of stormwater management systems and provides the most current stormwater design guidelines.

Best Practices for the Design of Stormwater Management Systems


***Applications must be signed by the property owner or governmental unit.


Permit Fees

Permit applications must be accompanied by the appropriate inspection fees. If the project involves an engineered storm water plan, and the District must have the plan reviewed by the District Engineer, the fee is considerably higher.  PRWD staff does complete a site visit for each permit and will be happy to meet with homeowners or contractors to answer questions and guide the process to completion.  Permit fees were revised in 2018 to better reflect the actual costs that are incurred with each permit.

Permit Application and Inspection Fee Schedule


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

Please note that at this time PRWD is unable to accept on-line payment for permit applications.  You will need to mail a check or money order to our office or visit us in person to submit payment in order for your application to be considered.


Permit Application Checklist

  • Permit Application, signed by property owner (or government unit)
  • Site Plans
  • Additional supporting documents and plans (if required or applicable)
    • Stormwater Management Plan
    • Erosion and Sediment Control Plan
    • Surveys
    • Copy of City or County Variance
    • Copy of permits from other agencies
  • Check or Money Order

Complete applications must be submitted to the District office for review and approval.  Applicants must present all of the items below prior to consideration by the District.


  • All necessary maps, plans, specifications, and calculations in duplicate.  Additional information may be required by the District after initial review.
  • Permit application and field inspection fees as set by the Board of Managers.  Application must be signed by the property owner or governmental unit.
  • Street location/vicinity map

Complete applications are usually reviewed within 14 days, however the District reserves the right to allow 60 days for approval from receipt of completed application.  Once all plans and other permit requirements are met, the Board of Managers or their Designee will approve your permit.  You can pick up the signed permit at the District office or we can mail it to you by request. PRWD Staff will inform you within ten (10) days written notice of any deficiencies in your application and ask you to make necessary changes.



Please Contact Us if you are unsure about any requirements for your project.


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! or 1 (800) 252-1166

If you have any additional questions please Contact Us

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